Christian televangelist Pat Robertson advises grandparents to take their 6-year-old grandson “away” from his atheist parents and send the boy to a Christian school.
On Monday’s edition of the 700 Club Robertson responded to an email from a concerned grandmother by telling her to get her grandson away from his atheist parents and send him to a Christian school if his parents are teaching him that God and Jesus are not real.
A viewer identified as Elizabeth writes:
Pat, I am very concerned because this past weekend my 6-year-old grandson said his dad told him God and Jesus were not real and were just made up to scare people about dying. I tried to explain the truth to him but he won’t believe me. I’m worried for my grandson’s soul.
Robertson responded by agreeing that Elizabeth should be concerned about the boy’s soul before advising:
If there’s any way you can get that child away from that… His father telling him that (God and Jesus are not real).
I don’t know, but if there’s any way you can get him enrolled in a Christian school or get him into some, you know, they have daily vacation Bible school and things.
There’s all kinds of things you could do to kind of get him into some positive influences.
Clearly Robertson has no qualms about driving a wedge between families in order to promote his Christian superstition. To advise a grandmother to go against the wishes of her grandson’s parents in such an important matter is a recipe for disaster and unhappiness.
The suggestion that the grandparents should try to remove the child from his atheist parents is offensive, and counter-productive. The likely outcome of attempting to indoctrinate grandchildren without the consent of the parents will most likely be to alienate the parents and the child from the grandparents.
In the end, if the grandmother follows Robertson’s misguided and self-serving advice, she will probably lose or at least seriously damage the relationship with her grandson, which is obviously important to her.
While Robertson’s advice is terrible, it comes as no surprise. Robertson usually goes out of his way to express contempt and disdain for atheists. Last year, Robertson made the wild claim that women who are atheists and reject Jesus Christ do so as a result of rape or demonic possession.
Earlier this year, Robertson warned that atheists and others who mock Christian fundamentalists like himself make God angry, and that God will soon remove “His hand of protection over America” because people are mocking Christian fundamentalism.
(H/T Raw Story)