Pat Robertson of The 700 Club has a segment on his show titled Your Questions, Honest Answers. As you would expect from the name and who is giving those honest answers things can get toxically awful fast.
Your Questions, Honest Answers: – January 31, 2018 presents a nana with a conundrum.
Satan loves cards. Tarot cards. Halloween cards. Those horrible Valentine Day cards that play Love Me Tender. But Nana doesn’t say her grandson is playing with those. One is left to believe they are regular olde playing cards.
The plot thickens.
Tongo? I think a demon would have a cooler name than Tongo. It sounds like a name a kid would make up.
Here’s the entire clip.
Can you watch the thing in its entirety? I found it rough.
Right around 33 seconds Pat’s advice is for Nana to tell the child What is real and what isn’t.
I like that. The grandson sounds young. And having two little gene machines myself I’ve had many a conversation that starts off with “That isn’t real,” and “It’s only a cartoon you know that, right?”
However, before starting out any debunking, you want to know what the bunk in question is. There are some cases you just don’t know 100% what’s going on. To find out, a care giver needs to actually talk with the child and not just talk at the child.
You have to ask really complicated questions like:
- How’s it going?
- Is anything wrong?
- What do you think about *add your own patented issue here*?
If you’re a parent, then you probably already know this.
What I don’t like — and this just shows you how fast the train to crazy town in Pat Robertson’s head is speeding — is he thinks talking about what’s real to a child includes demons and angels.
That’s not real, Pat. And it’s pretty crappy for a parent to do that.I haven’t seen one double blind study measuring the effects of demonic powers on playing cards.
A good way to give a kid nightmares is to rant on about demons. A lot atheists who were brought up in faith-based families have stories on how religion scrambled their sense of what was real and not real.
Within 20 seconds of telling Nana to tell their kid about how real demons are, he tells her she can bind Satan’s powers.
Pat then puts on his sociologist’s hat and ruminates on the African-American community.
I can smell the dysfunction through my computer screen, Disbelievers.
Andrew Hall is the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Besides writing a blog, co-hosting the Naked Diner, he wrote two books, Vampires, Lovers, and Other Strangers and God’s Diary: January 2017 . Andrew is reading through the Bible and making videos about his journey on YouTube. He is a talented stand-up comedian. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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