It’s okay to say you don’t understand something and just shut up about it. Pat Robertson never takes that advice.
Yesterday’s episode of The 700 Club featured a question from a viewer about a Halloween-themed game called “booing.” Basically, you tape a paper cutout of a ghost on the door of someone in your neighborhood along with a little gift — perhaps some candy. The person who’s been “booed” does the same to someone else. It’s like a Secret Santa but with ghosts. Cute. Fun. Harmless.
The question to Robertson was from someone truly disturbed by the new game: “How should I keep this tradition off my doorstep without alienating my neighbors?”
At first, Robertson joked about taking a long vacation. Then he said he just didn’t understand the game. Then he admitted it’s probably not harmless. So far so good. Then he mentioned the occult, which was weird.
Then he talked about biblical rape.
… Perhaps it’s harmless. I don’t know whether it is or not, and hopefully it is, but you don’t have to participate in the occult in order to be accepted.
You remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham’s nephew Lot? And the people said, you know, they tried to rape angels down there, it was awful! And Lot, he said it vexed his soul, night and day, but he chose to live in that community.
So I’ve never heard of this practice, but you’ve got a problem. And I don’t know exactly what the answer is, but you don’t want to participate in it, I don’t think.
How did he go from It’s probably harmless to You don’t want to live in the biblical hellscape of rapetown?
I want to chalk it up to Robertson’s old age, but that’s not really the problem. This is just his Christian delusions coming to the forefront of every thought he has — and we just got to witness it in real time.
(Thanks to Kyle for the link)