The internet went wild yesterday talking about a video posted on the Youtube page of RightWingWatch.org. There, Pat Robertson was giving counsel to a woman about adoption and he had the following to say:
“A man doesn’t want to take on the United Nations, and a woman has all these various children, blended family, what is it – you don’t know what problems there are. I’m serious. I’ve got a dear friend, an adopted son, a little kid from an orphanage down in Columbia. Child had brain damage, grew up weird. And you just never know what’s been done to a child before you get that child. What kind of sexual abuse has been, what kind of cruelty, what kind of food deprivation, etc. etc.” the televangelist said.
Robertson continued: “You don’t have to take on somebody else’s problems. You really don’t. You can help people – we administer to orphans all over the world, we love helping people. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to take all the orphans around the world into my home.
Following this, Russel Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary went on his blog and said the statement was of the devil. He added saying
“… The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years … For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.
Jesus was, after all, one of those adopted kids. Joseph of Nazareth was faced with a pregnant woman he could easily have abandoned …”
Some people are of the opinion that Mr. Robertson’s remarks were not Christlike while others claim that Mr. Robertson’s remarks were taking out of context and some are calling for his retirement.
Pat Robertson has issued a statement and this was what he had to say
“Today, on live television, I misstated my heartfelt dedication and commitment to helping orphans. For decades, I have supported adoption, and have helped tens of thousands of children worldwide.
I wanted to say, but it didn’t come out the way I intended, that adoption is not for everyone.
The mother of three adopted children, who wrote in about her boyfriend’s issue with her children, did a wonderful, unselfish act to adopt and I respect her immensely. Yet, adoption might not be a fit for her boyfriend. If that is the case, she needs to find someone who better shares her passion for adoption.
Adoptive parents are taking on enormous responsibility, both emotionally and financially. Quite frankly, they need as much disclosure as possible about the child’s background and health to assure the best fit and be prepared.
In answering the letter writer, this is what I meant to say. If any doubt remains, I ask you to please look at what I’ve done over the years to help orphans.”
HOST, THE 700 CLUB
What do you guys think? Is Mr. Robertson right? Is Mr. Moore taking it out of context? If abortion is wrong and a sin and adoption is an alternative is it then safe to make the remark about adoption?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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