Skip to comments.Pat Robertson says birth control ‘very important’ to limit Appalachian ‘ragamuffins’ (Video)
Posted on 07/31/2013 8:36:12 PM PDT by Morgana
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, July 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) Two days after saying he found nothing sinful about sex-change operations, televangelist Pat Robertson said contraception is a very important part of humanity that would prevent the birth of too many Appalachian ragamuffins. He also said that Natural Family Planning violated the provisions of the Old Testament.
On today's episode of the 700 Club, a woman asked whether the use of birth control is sinful, something about which Catholics and Protestants disagree.
When Robertson's co-host, Wendy Griffith, said not all families could afford to have multiple children, Robertson replied, That's the big problem, especially in Appalachia. They don't know about birth control. They just keep having babies.
You see a string of all these little ragamuffins, and not enough food to eat and so on, he said, and it's desperate poverty. Pat Robertson discusses NFP on today's 700 Club. Pat Robertson discusses NFP on today's 700 Club.
I'd say yes, birth control is absolutely an important thing for people to use, he added, saying contraception is a very important part of humanity.
Robertson said that birth control in the Protestant churches has always been permitted, because they feel that the care and rearing of children is a tremendous obligation.
However, the 83-year-old host had negative words for the Natural Family Planning method. Our good friends in the Catholic Church forbid the use of birth control but they allow people to use what's called 'rhythm,' he said at the beginning of his answer. If you read the Old Testament they were forbidden to have sex while women were having their menstrual period, and the Catholic Church is telling women to do just that, and it's OK.
The Bible discouraged men from having sexual relations with a woman during her menstrual cycle or touching her in Leviticus 15:19-33, a provision taken up by Judaism and Islam.
However, Robertson went on to tell another writer later in the segment that eating pork, which is banned in Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8, is not a sin.
Where do people get all these things? he asked. This is ridiculous.
The Protestant Reformers opposed artificial contraception, something not embraced by Protestants until the Anglican Communion's Lamberth Conference in 1930.
Pro-life activists point out that many forms of birth control including the morning after pill, the IUD, and hormonal birth control pill may cause a chemical abortion by blocking the implantation of a newly conceived child.
Senility is sad to watch. Why do his people let him continue? Can’t he retire?
Pope Francis needs to set him straight on this.
Why is this man still on the air anyway?
His son needs to intervene and retire him.
Robertsons views are that stronger than your connection to God ?
Or smack ‘im upside the head with a copy of Humanae Vitae.
No, No, No.
Where would we be without Bluegrass and Dwight Yoakum!
No, No, No.
Where would we be without Bluegrass and Dwight Yoakum!
Twenty years ago a TV evangelist was sending 18-wheelers full of food into Appalachia saying wasn’t it a shame that white children had to live like this. The footage of the kids was heartbreaking. So what’s happened to Pat?
Robertson just said Appalachia needed to be eugenics preformed on it. Do you know where “Appalachia” is? Oh wait, that is my state! I wonder how many people from Appalachia ie West Virginians have sent that sorry SOB money they did not have to keep the 700 club on the air just like they did Jim Bakker only for him to tell them they don’t need to be breeding.
Yea I just a tad bit offended or can’t you tell?
He makes about as much sense as McCain
They still come in. I know people in my state who are that dirt poor. It is like a third world country. None the less I have seen them give what they don’t have to their church.
I have also seen the 700 club’s compound. Just why in the Hank Hill does that place need armed guards? A lot of wasted money if you ask me.
Pat, shut up!
People say senile dementia. I think not.
Anyone who ever paid the slightest attention to this whack job’s ranting over the years know it’s par for the course. He has ALWAYS had his own religion and it has little to do with Christianity. It has everything to do with making him wealthy.
Laplata I have pretty much ignored his stupid a$$ for the last two decades. It bothers me that most protestants will actually listen to him. It also bothers me that Planned Parenthood will run with this, not that Margaret Sanger was behind it in the first place.
I’ve heard that sometimes a poor person might be happier than some rich people, so I wonder what he’d think about those.
That is another thing that offends me. He called Appalachian kids “ragamuffins”. Would he dare call that to the African kids he feeds? Would he say “send them birth control because they are just “ragamuffins” and have no right to be alive? (basically this is what he said of Appalachian children).
btw cool tagline dude.
Speaking of needing to be eugenics-ized, would someone please put the following line to its much needed rest:
“Robertson just said Appalachia needed to be eugenics preformed on it.”
That line is something I would have expected from a Maimi-Dade County Pooblik Skrewl Collective graduate, - er, make that ‘teechur’.
700 Club started as a good idea, you know, reach the drunk or drug addict or homeless person and had some good assisting personalities as well. This is plain silly and offensive. I think the Good Lord may well deal with someone saying things like this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_presidential_primaries,_1988 Ran for Prez. Actually carried 4 states.
The wikipedia article says Robertson helped found the organization we always see with Jay Sekulow, ACLJ, American Center for Law and Justice.
ACLJ I think does good Christian work, sometimes pro-life work. http://aclj.org/
So this story is disappointing to say the least.
Glades I am soooooooooooooooo upset right now I can’t type. So please overlook any sentence structure flaws I might do. My head is about to explode.
Pope Francis has no power over Robertson. A Protestant.
Thanks for letting us know that.
Robertson will not be making many friends in Appalachia now.
Thankee but make that dude-ette. D:)
My dad used to call me a ragamuffin when I was little. He’s from Pat Robertson’s era. It’s a great word. Think I’ll start using it. :)
Yep, and unfortunately, Pat stuck his foot in his mouth probably talking about whom are mostly Protestants as to Appalachia. Sad.
Well, it’s true that the troglodytes crouching in their burrows down in benighted Appalachia have never heard tell of this super-science of the future known as birth control. Sure.
“Robertson said that birth control in the Protestant churches has always been permitted, because they feel that the care and rearing of children is a tremendous obligation.
It’s funny how that good looking host just nods and smiles at his gibberish in that video. I wonder what the Amish and old order Mennonites think about his historical proclamation?
Some of my best friends are ragamuffins.
In fact, as a ragamuffins myself, I resemble that remark!!!
Hey - that looked like my mom !
Well, since 1932, at least.
Before then? Never.
Get this loon off the TV. PLEASE!
His family must hate him to allow this to continue.
I was really depressed several weeks ago and was watching TV upstairs in my bed. Came across the 700 club as that was about the only decent thing on after watching Idiocracy which come to find out is really a documentary on the here and now.
I’ve seen snippets of the 700 Club here and there before, but was pretty impressed with the stories they were talking about. Homosexual marriage. Israel. One story was of a Christian Iranian American woman whose husband/father of her children is being held in Iran. He was over there doing humanitarian work and they accused him of proselytizing.
Anyway, Pat Robertson is a little toony, but he’s fun to listen to on some things. Maybe he’s always been somewhat toony and maybe it’s getting worse with age. I don’t know. He’s at the end of his life, and I’m sure his ministry has done some very good things over the years. Other than the Muslims where so many are so fascist and violent with their beliefs, I don’t get too bent, normally, about what other people think and believe.
Not sure why Pat decided to single out the Appalachians, though. I can think of a big illegal demographic that’s doing a lot more sucking on the system. I’d rather very few have to get welfare, but if I had to choose, I’d choose the citizens over the non.
I’m genuinely curious: what is terribly offensive with what he said?
He might have been clumsy with his words, but I don’t understand the outrage.
If you can’t feed a family, you shouldn’t make a family.
What’s happening to Pat Robertson?
My husband and I were laughing today, I don’t know how it came up, about how Pat Robertson had told a woman caller to get used to it, men cheat it’s natural. Or some such nonsense.
We’re Catholic, I’ll have to share with my husband the part about Catholics being told to have sex during that time of the month. That will crack him up. And sicken him. Both at the same time.
He’s gone full retard.
I agree with you.
What I found offensive was the reliance on shomer niddah in Judaism. If he wants to bring Jewish Law into Christianity, he better start reading Talmud. There are a number of mitzvot that you really need Rabbinic help before holding.
Eating pork IS a sin. Then Paul came around and altered the eternal Word of God which is meant to be ETERNAL and unchanging in any way shape or form.
I suppose I should mention that I don’t find the laws of niddah to be offensive. It is the blind reference to them that I believe he engaged in that I find troubling.
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