Look, we’ve known for a long time that Pat Robertson – founder of Virginia’s own Regent University, where Bob McDonnell wrote his infamous “thesis” – was a demented, bigoted buffoon. This is the same guy, after all, who described feminism as “a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbian.” Among many other outrageous things he’s said over the years – including about religions different from his own – Robertson said that “Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists” represent “the spirit of the Antichrist.” Robertson also called Hinduism “demonic” and said we “can’t let that stuff come into America.”
That latter quote is interesting in the context of this weekend’s shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, as Sikhs and Hindus have numerous similarities. Since Robertson has slandered Hindus (and many other religions), I wonder if he feels the same way about Sikhs. As for the murderer of the Sikhs in Wisconsin, he turns out to have been “a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.” What on earth that has to do with atheism is beyond me (any more than Timothy McVeigh’s Christianity has anything to do with anything), but Bob McDonnell’s pal (or as Robertson calls him “our dear friend…Bobby”) Pat Robertson apparently sees a connection and is willing to use it to slander millions of peaceful, law-abiding, tax-paying Americans who simply don’t believe in a deity. Charming.
h/t Right Wing Watch