How long can we, as Americans, sustain the bully pulpit of so-called christians such as Pat Robertson.
Mr. Robertson is an entertainer. A man today fell gravely ill, and Robertson, whose only claim to speaking for our country - is a failed - and I would like to underscore this point - failed bid for the presidency and, of course, his current ownership of a TV station.
A failed presidential bid means that the people of America clearly do not wish him to speak for them.
But for some reason, as Americans, we seem to be happy when a man who calls himself a christian seems to enjoy his attempts to boost the flagging ratings of his television shows by claiming to speak for God and America.
In the beginning, when America was young, our constitutional founding fathers saw to it that we protected free speech, and religion and state were separated. They did this as a great gift to our fledgling country - we were very fortunate to have men such as Thomas Jefferson who really seemed more to enjoy getting laid and partying at Monticello than the garish fittings of the tyrant that were the fetish of the European heads of state. Americans never thought we had a better pot to piss in; we fought the british. When they foisted upon us taxation without representation, we threw a tea party for them... an American tea party. We made our own rules, and we were fair.
They saw to it that Church and State are separate. I am an evangelical christian. However, my model for being a christian time and again comes from Jesuits - I learn from them. They are invariably out there in the middle of the battle between satan's minions and the rest of man; their hands are dirty. They speak plainly, and they hold the catholic church on their own shoulders. Jesuits tried to stop the holocaust in WWII. Jesuits are involved in trying to stop gang violence in LA. I think a jesuit priest not only asks what would jesus do, but he goes out and does it also. And if you think about it, that is kind of a scary thing to do, isn't it?
So, at any rate, these men like Jefferson were christians. And they were also Deists. But they wanted a place where people could cash out their religion like switzerland lets you cash out your check. We were to be a repository for the faithful. Come and worship god in your way, you are free to do so. We won't report your religious transactions back to the holy church of the british empire. In those days, not going to anglican church was considered a crime against the state. I'm serious. And the Church was something of a third estate, they were the interface between lords and serfs. They controlled, up to a point, the mechanism of the written word. But, thanks to m en like Jefferson, who were christian, and spiritual - we were set up to be kind of a switzerland for religion. That was our purpose.
Now, Pat Robertson is not selling christianity, he's selling TV. That much is very, very clear. And it is entertaining, just as the "left behind" novels and all. They're kind of cool. And I will offer even that Pat says some cool things every now and then, just like Opra. He's got his thing, this 700 club thing. Its kind of neat.
But here's the gist: King George decided to do whatever he wanted to against America, just because he sat in a golden 700 club throne as the religious and moral leader of england. He literally decided, without giving any thought to what we in the colonies would want - what would be best for us.
I think Pat Robertson is probably a nice person, I've never met him. I would certainly like to. People like him tend to have a great sense of humour, they are creative. They steel themselves to be in the studio and time and again to manufacture emotions on demand. It is the life of an actor, and most actors are good party people.
The question is: Are we being taxed, without representation - again. Is our diplomat, the president of the United States, or, because something the founding fathers did not foresee-
Are we in essence, being represented, by someone else?
I feel we should answer questions like this. I get all in a pretzel knot about advertising, though, so I'll warn you I'm not that objective. What do you think?