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November 16, 2005

A Bishop Responds to Pat Robertson

John Shelby Spong, a retired progressive Episcopalian Bishop, has been one of the church’s most progressive writers and thinkers.  He is the author of several books, including Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism : A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture, and Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile. 

A Diarist at DailyKos, matthewc, puts up an email that Bishop Spong sent out in response to a question from a producer at Fox News about Pat Robertson’s proclamation that the citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania should be concerned about God sending them a disaster now that they voted out the School Board that decided to ban intelligent design from the science room.  Here’s the first paragraph of his letter on the subject:

Pat Robertson has said so many silly and ridiculous things that I wonder why anyone would pay much attention to him on any subject.

Bishop Spong goes on to talk about Robertson’s many previous, ridiculous proclamations such as saying that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez should be assassinated.  Then he says:

I want to make only two points about this issue. First, I wonder who, other than Pat himself, designated Pat Robertson to be God's spokesperson? How dare Pat assume that the God revealed in the Jesus I serve is filled with all of Pat's peculiar prejudices. Why does he not understand that God is God and Pat Robertson is not? Why does he not see that when he tells the world with an unashamed certainty what God thinks and what God will do, he is only revealing what he thinks and what he would do if he had God's power? Pat needs to understand that he is acting out the very meaning of idolatry. He has confused God with himself.


I, as a Christian, am embarrassed by the public face that Pat Robertson puts on the religious tradition to which my life is dedicated.

And ends with:

It is an even greater pity that the news media think that his continued utterances are worthy of any public attention at all.


Posted by Lynn Allen on November 16, 2005 at 08:19 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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