Pat Robertson weighed in on the tragic Las Vegas massacre where a lone gunman was said to have murdered some 59 people and injured over 500 more. But rather than hold 64-year-old Stephen Paddock accountable, Robertson blamed what many are calling an act of domestic terrorism on disrespect for God, Trump, the national anthem, veterans, the court system, and the flag.
What He Said
The founder and chairman of The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Inc. shared his thoughts on his show The 700 Club saying that the country has no “vision of God.”
“There is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him,” Robertson said on Monday.
“It’s in the news, it’s in other places.”
It’s not clear whether or not Paddock, a White man, had any disrespect for Trump. And no link has been established between his politics and what made him mercilessly spray bullets into a crowd of mostly-White people. But Robertson saw fit to blame Black people, too. “
There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system,” he continued. “All the way up and down the line, disrespect.”
No Vision Of God
Not sure what the NFL protests or Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and racial injustice have to do with Paddock’s heinous act. The televangelist insists that there is a link between social unrest and the apparent lack of “biblical authority.” He is all but saying that challenging White supremacy has made it possible for others to create disorder and mayhem in society.
“When there is no vision of God, the people run amok,” Robertson asserted. “And we have taken from the American people the vision of God, the whole idea of reward and punishment, an ultimate judge of all our actions, we’ve taken that away. When there is no vision of God, the people run amok.”
Vision Of God?
That statement begs the question: What is Pat Robertson’s “vision of God” exactly? He is right that what Stephen Paddock did was anything but God-like. The man stockpiled an arsenal of weapons in a hotel room with the specific intent of killing and terrorizing innocent people. We will never know why Paddock committed such a horrific crime and he will never have to face a jury of his peers. But we do know that murder is not covered under the First Amendment. To suggest that one has anything to with the other is illogical, to say the least.