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.”

PAT ROBERTSON
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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5 comments

  1. I believe people who adopt children know fully well what they are getting into. They know these children may be damaged and are trying to sacrifice to give them a life they wouldn’t have had otherwise. This is an insensitive, although unsurprising comment from robertson

  2. I think I would go with Pat on the fact that Adoption is not for everybody, or if I will rephrase it I would say that not everybody can carry the weight of adoption. There is no point when a man or a woman simply feels obligated to go along with his or her spouse on the feat of adoption when their heart is not open willingly to the cause.Yes it isa command by Christ but each one of us is given a ministry, some have the ministry of help, others of gifts, etc…..

  3. One of the joys of having your own children from infancy is that you are there every step of the way as you raise them. It’s definitely more difficult to raise a child that has already experienced the cruelties of the world.Robertson had the right intention by implying that adoption is not for everyone but it is ignorant of him to use terms like weird to describe a brain damaged child.Those choose to adopt are aware of the process and its lifelong implications and those of us that don’t can still help through donations and philanthropy.

  4. Unfortunately the truth is not every parent is well informed when it comes to the adoption process, alot of them go in thinking that the children are perfectly fine except for not having a home (which some of them are) however that is not always the case.The problem with his statements was how he said it and i think it was taken out of context of course that dosnt make it OK, when you are on television you need to think about what you are saying before you say it that way you don’t mislead people and also you don’t have to issue apologies. as for him needing to retire i don’t think that is necessary unless he is continuously making similar “mistakes” then we should leave it alone and remember that even religious leaders can say the wrong thing some times.

  5. I think what Mr. Robertson was trying to say that everyone has problems to deal with and should not take on more than what they can handle. in certain situations people out of the pure goodness of their heart try to offer constant assistance and help to others and in the end are unable to see it through due to problems of their own. although the Christian faith encourages us to offer help to orphans, we should first understand the responsibilities that come with it. and like he said some of these orphans have been abused and some of us mite not have the necessary tools required to dealing with such situations.

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