All These Little Ragamuffins: Pat Robertson Sticks Foot in Mouth Again

Oh, Pat.

Pat Robertson, the outspoken and controversial host of The 700 Club, has quite a reputation for bucking convention and sticking his foot in his mouth.

He’s the guy who told a woman caller on his show that if her husband was unfaithful, she was to blame—that men had a “tendency to wander”, and it was the woman’s responsibility to entice him by providing a warm and happy home.

In 1991, he focused his criticism on other Protestant denominations, saying, “You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Anti-Christ.”

He has called non-Christians “termites” and warned that it’s time for some “godly fumigation.”

In 2011, Robertson advised a caller whose wife was suffering from Alzheimer’s to walk away from the marriage.  I know it sounds cruel,” he said, “but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.”

Now, it seems he’s after the Catholics, particularly their views on contraception.  According to Robertson, birth control is absolutely an important thing for people to use because you want to be able to look after children.”  When a viewer emailed the show, asking whether Christians who use contraception are committing a sin, Robertson opined, “I think the idea of being able to determine when and how is a very important part of humanity.”

He went on to explain how large families are harmful to society.  “That’s the big problem, especially in Appalachia,” he said. “They don’t know about birth control. They just keep having babies and you see a string of all these little ragamuffins and not enough food to eat and so forth. It’s desperate poverty.”

God, though, seems to have a different idea about the value of children.  Psalm 127 assures:

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has
his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Watch the most recent controversy unfold, if you have the patience for it.   (The controversial remarks are contained within the first two minutes of this video.)

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  • Maggie Goff

    No thanks. 😉

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    The Romans had a word for it: Diu vixit (he has lived too long).

    • Guest

      Why quote the Romans? This is America…Shoot the bastard.

    • JamesA

      I agree. Back in the day he was goofy, but now he’s entirely wacked-out. I really think he’s got some dementia issues.

  • Pat Robertson…he’s Sola Scrip, right?

  • moseynon

    Pat Robertson’s comments do have the virtue of brevity: he packs in a lot of misinformation in a short amount of time!

    • Andrew471


  • elizabeth ann bayley seton

    Uh, Pat. . . we don’t use the Rhythm Method anymore and your description of it was actually wrong. . . .

    • TheInformer

      Surprisingly? this indicates the difference between being “pro Life” and merely “anti-abortion”.
      Well documented is the mentality that accepts contraception, leading to abortion in many cases, and the authentic Catholic position of honoring life and the life giving marital act in entirety!
      You cannot be Pro Life and pro contraception!

  • MartinO

    He says “Catholics disagree and I honor their beliefs”. Why then, in the article above, you write “Now, it seems he’s after the Catholics, particularly their views on contraception.”

    I completely disagree with his views on contraception but to me it seems the article is somewhat bad-spirited and as such harmful. Just a feeling…

    • Howard

      Not really. Too often Catholics, and social conservatives in general, are so desperate for support from this celebrity or that politician that they overlook the fact that the celebrity has a completely different agenda and will not, in fact, support them. This frequently leads to pathetic attempts to excuse the celebrity’s real position and an inevitable weakening of the Catholic position. Just look at what’s happened with the pro-life movement: “I’m opposed to abortion except in cases of [fill in the blank].” It is better to simply admit, “No, this celebrity is not one of us, and we will not answer for the stupid things he says.”

  • rod masom

    My wife has been a big supporter of Pat Robertson because she’d believed that he had buttressed many of the same beliefs that Catholicism had, but I think this is about to change. Personally I’ve suspected his sincerity towards Catholicism for awhile now. But I had no idea until this story appeared that he is SO hostile towards the Catholic teaching on contraception. And thus Pope Pat has spoken; too many children in one family are now “ragamuffins.” Goodbye, Pope Pat. GOD BLESS, MARKRITE

  • spudnik

    Wikipedia chronicles Robertson’s false prophecies, twisted morality and shady business dealings including defending a murderous dictator who protected Robertson’s diamond mine. A true moral theologian for our times. Not.

    Who was it who said, “The character of those who are against us is one of the best things that can be said for us”?

  • NewCatholic08

    Dear Pat Robertson, If you read this blog, My mother, who never used birth control pills, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at about age 55. She died at age 74 after an active and productive, if not particularly long life. My youngest sister was treated with the pill beginning at age twelve due to menses irregularity and continued to use the pill, once married, for limiting and timing her pregnancies. One of my older sisters utilized birth control pills from early adulthood throughout her childbearing years to regulate timing and number of children. You may be aware that estrogen drives triple negative breast cancer and triple negative breast cancer is hereditary. My youngest sister died a few years ago at age fifty leaving a chronically ill husband and two teen children. My older sister died two years later at age sixty leaving a husband and two young adult daughters. We just attended the wedding of her youngest, held without her mother. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the pill is far more dangerous than the media or the medical community has ever been willing to publicize; in fact, the W.H.O. lists it as a carcinogen.
    Contraception has been instrumental in creating a sex-obsessed society that has objectified women for men and, when earlier forms of contraception fail, abortion becomes necessary as the ultimate contraception. Besides devastating family structure, contraception has resulted in STD’s being epidemic throughout all demographics. Genital herpes infects 25% of all adults. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infects approximately 50% of society at any one moment in time with the expectation being that most people will contract some form of HPV in their lifetime. These diseases and Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) etc. are infecting children. And now the old STD’s are returning. And, what should be of great concern to all Christians, contraception, supported by evangelicals, has created the most sexually immoral society on the face of the earth.

    As a fundamentalist-evangelical Protestant turned Catholic I would like to know, “How did a celibate, presumably chaste old man (Pope Paul VI), seem to understand the results that would occur with approval of contraception?

    • Broken bose

      Powerful. Thank you.

    • curchel@yahoo.con

      Huh? Men wouldn’t see women as sex objects if there wasnt birth control pills in the world??? Oh and btw most married catholic women used birth control

  • Scape Goat

    I can’t believe he’s against other Xian denominations! I support the fact that at least he’s one of the few voices promoting Xianity in the media. But it’s time to retire, Pat. Surely you’ve raked in enough millions.

  • CumExApostolatus

    All one needs to know in order for the lights to come on is most heresies were begun within and by priests…which means the Catholic priesthood has been the end game goal for the enemies of the Church since day number one. In addition, the Rockefeller Foundation started, funded and continues to fund the World Council of Churches which is one of the biggest cheer leaders for false ecumenism. Divide the One True Faith and conquer. It’s been in the making for hundreds of years. Robertson is just another one of many, side-show con men who’ve been very, very well-funded over the years by the enemies of Christ.

  • I worked for Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice for over 20 years. My thoughts on his unfortunate remarks:

    • kathyschiffer

      Jim, this is excellent! If you don’t mind, I’ll link to it in an update of this blog post. I won’t get to it tonight–but hopefully tomorrow. Thanks for your contribution!


  • keys407

    Do some research Pat, the Protestants have not ALWAYS allowed contraception, in fact prior to the 1930’s, none of them allowed it. One by one they all decided the Bible isn’t opposed to it after all, following the Lambeth Council. The Catholic Church is the only Church who hasn’t wavered on this. The rhythm method?? No sex during menstruation? What are you talking about?! Most Catholics who follow Church teachings use Natural Family Planning or something similar, NOT the rhythm method. Wow this guy clearly picks and chooses the scripture he believes. Read this, Pat: 1 Cor 7:5. Kinda sounds like Natural Family Planning, huh? Doesn’t sound like contraception at all. If contraceptives have the potential to be abortifacient, then do you think God would ever condone their use? Put your trust in the Lord, not a pharmaceutical.