Pat Robertson Explains Failed Healing Prayer

Pat Robertson was asked by a viewer why her husband had not been healed of an illness despite fervent prayers for healing, the kind that Robertson says are very effective. His answer: It’s the husband’s fault. He lacks the necessary faith or he “enjoys his sickness.”

“There are some people, you know, they enjoy their sickness. That is terrible to say but that is their excuse not to compete, ‘well I’d love to compete but my lumbago’s got me so I can’t do it.”

Well isn’t that a convenient excuse? Can you imagine a doctor making that claim?

“Doctor, why haven’t the antibiotics cleared up my strep throat?”

“You obviously just don’t have enough faith. You enjoy having strep throat.”

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  • John Pieret

    I wonder if Ol’ Pat (or, perhaps more importantly, his staff) has ever prayed for him to stop being a moron? If so, he obviously doesn’t have enough or is enjoying being a moron. Given all the money he has made being a moron, I suspect the latter.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Pat is improving. He didn’t blame the wife.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Leave me alone, honey; I’m enjoying this pancreatic cancer too much.

  • Michael Heath

    The old lacking faith excuse was by far the most popular response I heard when I was surrounded by fundies in my youth. Usually quickly as a cognitive dissonance reduction response, i.e., no elaboration because elaboration risks more exposure to reason.

    Here we see why the response is typically quick. Because two of the three routes I observe are possible are:

    1) sanity that has one abandoning their faith – rarely happens, or

    2) exponentially higher lunacy as Pat Robertson entertainingly demonstrates.

    The third option I’ve observed is much rarer and effectively equivalent to the latter. A theological endeavor going way further into the rabbit hole – but done so eloquently.

  • corwyn

    “Well, since YOU have faith Pat, will you please pray for him? And while you are at it, pray that he stops ‘enjoying his illness’.”

  • Brent

    This is exactly what they tell you in Scientology. When you are sick and their bizarre mumbo-jumbo doesn’t cure it, they tell you that you have “evil purposes” or that you somehow “pulled it in” to punish yourself. And Scientology’s quack healing rituals are even sillier than any of the laying on of hands in the more loony Christian faith healing circles.

    It’s funny how all fundamentalist belief systems tend to converge over time — Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Scientology, etc.

  • raven

    His answer: It’s the husband’s fault. He lacks the necessary faith or he “enjoys his sickness.”

    Robertson is just phoning it in. Even by his abysmal standards, this is low.

    It’s always the fault of…demons!!! Demons explain everything.

    Although there is a chance that one of this guy’s ancestors was a witch. God is big on punishing distant descendants for sins of ancestors that have been long forgotten by everyone.

  • peterh

    You mean there’s still someone who’s dim enough in the dome to consult Pat on anything??

  • Doug Little

    “There are some people, you know, they enjoy their sickness. That is terrible to say but that is their excuse not to compete, ‘well I’d love to compete but my lumbago’s got me so I can’t do it.”

    Can we replace the definition of asshole in the dictionary with an image of Pat Robertson.

  • anubisprime

    Thing is those that ask Pat for advice…buy every fuckin’ syllable that drips out of his arse…

    If they grew up and got better educated then Pat is finished, but it has not happened yet, and shows no signs of happening for at least the near future.

    Dumb is what dumb does and these idiots do not get much dumber!

    They love the snake oil to much to kick the salesman out of town.

  • dugglebogey

    I learned that one from the movie “Leap of Faith” if a legitimately sick person ever makes it on the stage, just tell the crowd “their faith wasn’t strong enough.”

  • stever

    I wonder how Pat would explain the newborns, too young to have faith (or any other human-scale thought) who die of infections and birth defects despite round-the-clock prayers from their families. My guess is that he’d roll out “ancestral sin.”

  • http://omegamom.com OmegaMom

    Oh, joy, victim blaming. Friends in infertility support groups heard twists on that one: “You need to pray!” “I’ve been praying for four years…” “Pray *harder*!” It was all meant, in that situation, to be a “comfort”. What it did was make the recipients of such advice angry and bitter.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Oh, joy, victim blaming.

    The whole Book of Job was written for people like Robertson.

  • grumpyoldfart

    At the 40 second mark: “If you have sin in your life you don’t get healed.”

    So only the sinless get healed.

    But how did those sinless avoid their dose of original sin?

  • freehand

    D. C. Sessions says: Oh, joy, victim blaming.

    The whole Book of Job was written for people like Robertson.

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    I’ve always thought that Job was obviously explaining that those who suffer are not necessarily deserving their problems. Not that I’ve ever seen a “bible believer” indicate that eh or she understood that.

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    However, much of it can be explained that one deserves it because an ancestor of current member of the tribe has brought down God’s wrath. Hence we are punished because our remote ancestors, Adam and Eve, sinned before they knew right from wrong. And whole tribes or cities have been wiped out because they (meaning their senior males) were misbehaving.

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    It seems to be a way of thinking that is almost universal among the authoritarian mindset: people suffer because they deserve it, not because something bad happened to them for reasons beyond their control, or because they made a simple judgement error.