Pat Robertson: Non-Religious Children Should Be Beaten Until They Respect Christian Beliefs

By Stephen D. Foster Jr. | 5 January 2015
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CBN's Pat Robertson (screen grab).
CBN’s Pat Robertson (screen grab).

In another example demonstrating that Pat Robertson believes in persecuting non-Christians and indoctrinating children, the televangelist openly suggested that parents should beat their kids until they respect Christian beliefs.

During yet another shameful episode of the 700 Club, which runs on Disney-owned channel ABC Family, Robertson received an email from a woman who claimed that her grandson disrespects their Christian faith when they visit their daughter on Christmas and chose not to visit this past year.

“We declined going to our daughter’s house on Christmas this year because there is always an argument, hard feelings etc.,” viewer Karen wrote.

“One grandchild comes high on marijuana, cursing and challenging our faith. I correct him and have told my daughter to ask him to respect our beliefs, but he keeps it up. Our daughter says she is a Christian but will drink too much and offend her daughter and her husband. Were we wrong to not to attend another Christmas that leaves us upset or someone angry? I have shared my beliefs many times with them and am ridiculed by this grandson and son-in-law.”

Robertson’s immediate solution? Beat the child until he respects Christianity.

“Somebody take that kid to the woodshed and let him understand the blessings of discipline,” Robertson advised before predicting that the kid would end up in prison if a strong male figure didn’t start beating him right away.

“He needs a strong male figure. He’s going to wind up in a correctional institution, and the next thing you know, he’s going to be doing hard time in some prison. And then he would wish he wasn’t such a smart, you know, wise guy. Because he’ll be disciplined in a way that he’ll never forget in some prison… He needs discipline in the worst possible way.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

One solution Pat Robertson conveniently didn’t mention is for Karen to stop bringing up religion at her daughter’s home. She says she has “shared her beliefs many times with them” and admits that it always causes an argument. Well, there’s her problem. Stop trying to force your beliefs upon your daughter’s family and the arguments will probably cease. It’s not that people are offended by someone just because they practice a certain religion, they just tend to get offended when someone tries to force those beliefs onto them. By doing this, Karen is inviting arguments, hard feelings, and ridicule from family members who don’t want to be preached to during a holiday or any other day of the year for that matter.

Robertson’s solution is not only cruel, it constitutes child abuse, which is against the law. Beating a child into respecting a religious belief is the very definition of indoctrination and violates the constitutional rights of the abused.

Robertson’s call for beating kids into religious submission is similar to a Glenn Beck rant from 2013 when he also advocated for parents to physically abuse their kids until they believe in God. Just two years earlier, fundamentalist Christian parents beat their nine kids in the name of God. One child actually died from the abuse. Telling religious extremists to beat their kids is a very dangerous thing to do, and if any religious parents beat their kids like Robertson is advising, he should be charged as an accessory to child abuse.

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  1. I Cant Stand That Show But… Watching the video I understand what he said. Reading it they took it out of context. If my child acted that way I would beat his Ass. Disrespecting ones grandparents is UNEXCEPTABLE!!! He was saying the kid needs Discipline!!! Which from the story is TRUE.

    • Discipline is FAR different from physical punishment. Why is it ok to treat a child in a way that, if you were to treat someone whi isn’t your child would be considered assault? When is it ever acceptable to use violence to force someone else to comply with your wishes? Isn’t that the definition of bully.

      I raised 3 very strong willed, very independent boys. I NEVER hit any of them. I NEVER intimidated, threatened or attempted to rule them through fear. I spent there time necessary to parent them with DISCIPLINE, self control, respect and dignity. Today they are 21, 18 and 16. They are all Eagle Scouts. They sing in thre church choir and were involved (the youngest still is) with youth group. They volunteer and work. My oldest has a Master’s degree, is an Oxford Scholar, teaches Sunday school and is a Civil Rights advocate. My middle son is a businessman, an honor student in college, and a community activist. My youngest does volunteer work, wants to be a police officer and works two jobs.

      They live happy, productive, lives of contribution and responsibility. They have self control, respect, integrity, honor and dignity. They have NEVER been hit and when they become fathers, they will raise their children the same way.

      Only lazy, cowardly parents resort to beating their children rather than actually parenting them.

  2. "I have shared my beliefs many times with them…"
    …but it's not okay for them to present a counter argument to your fairytale?

    Typical fiction based lifestyle.

  3. The world is in the latter days, when men follows after the world, most don’t Honor anything good, God. The people in Noah as’ day, made fun of him and his sons as they built the ark. When the rains came down and floods came the people wanted in the ark, but it was too late,it wasn’t meant for the mockers to be saved , only the ones God told Noah to be saved. Today, many people mock anything of God or God. We have come full circle. People need to learn of God and His plan for them and their lives. He don’t want anyone to be lost, but that each person would desire to know about God and His plan for e
    Each f Us. To be saved and spend eternity, afterlife in Heaven not hell.

  4. Pastor is he ,I wonder what his opinion on pastors, priests and bishops who have been sexually abusing children and women apparently forever ,do a show on that, ask him about the 26,000 pedophiles the Jehovah witnesses have on file since 2001 as reported by the BBC ,ask him about the fact that the Catholic church tried to buy a small island in the Caribbean to park up their old retired pedophile priest also documented

  5. That's not what he said. I agree the child needs discipline and it can be any other forms than beating. The "woodshed" comment is just one of his generation. I pray this family gets help. The grandparents are sowing seeds just by standing strong to their beliefs.

  6. Pat Robertson leaves me feeling as if I'm going to get sick. No matter what he talks or writes about (when I happen to come across it, in a place like this or FB) it's a bunch of blather and deceit! I shake my head and wonder where he got his "doctorate" from. Did he really get a PhD from a secular university? Perhaps he awarded it to himself from his "Christian" university in Virginia? Regardless, as long as he's allied with DJT, he's a hypocrite and heretic! DJT is nothing if not an evil megalomaniac, and we can only hope that his hubris (and crazy-talk) will do him in. He's done the unthinkable to our country. Now it is as if everything here is "for sale" at the right price.
    There is no way he went to Penn and Wharton. I have friends who went to those schools, and they, with no exceptions, can form complete sentences, use multi-syllable words, and are even quite successful! Donny is nothing but a big-time LOSER!

  7. I can’t agree with beatings over religion… But I wonder why she would want to spend a religious holiday with atheist’s? I’d rather be with people celebrating the birth of Christ.

  8. So very sad. If Pat only read his Bible he would see that of the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit is “Faith”.
    I had wondered why I did not believe a week earlier than when I did. I did not have the Spirt gift of Faith. Through no fault of my own.

  9. I cannot believe that ! (Unless he meant it metaphorically, not literally), he should have been fired for saying such a thing! How dare he?! If I was his boss, I would have never tolerated such a response! I can’t believe I even donated money to these people. If my kids ever gave me that kind of response, I would have had a serious word with them! A Christian school is why I have an anxiety issue! I still feel as if those teachers should have been fired for mistreating me. Even though I am still unsure of what Religion I am, with Pat Robertson saying such a horrific thing, that’s why children of Christian families have had things such as, anxiety issues, depression…possibly even suicidal thoughts. Please if you have any of these, tell somebody. Your safety is far more important than a person’s Religious beliefs.

  10. You Did this already, from the 1500s through the 1800s… All who was dark skinned you chose to enslave and hang – all those you hung as witches dark and white skinned …The little boys the Christian – Catholics chose to rape for 100s of years… it’s called being a evil bible thumper mistakening own self interests for what you mistaken as God’s will … It’s bible thumpers like this that the future will not welcome

    (change is coming!) And religion is the first to be eliminated! – If you have a problem with this take it up with the bible you live by that tells you judgement begins at the House of God and religions eliminated … your the reason the USA has always been a shitty place, don’t think so? – Research Christian history!

  11. I was raised in a strict Baptist home & have wandered far & around from that in my lifetime. As a child, I was spanked, rarely, but only when I did something dangerous or disrespected my elders. For the most part, I was loved and cherished by my family. There is a scripture in the Bible that says something like, Do not be afraid to discipline your children, for in doing so it will save them from hell. There is something about submitting to God, bc when you go your own way and do not submit, bad things can happen, things that will be hard to come back from, but when you do submit, you come into control of yourself, where you can see the bigger picture, & not be so self-centered. I’m in my 60’s now, and after working with foster kids (the wood shed will not help them!) & working in education for years, you really see the difference in those kids that were raised with discipline, not always the spanking kind of discipline, but real discipline. I’ve gotten off topic but chances are if the kid in this story was taken to the “wood shed” in this day & age, he would run away and abuse charges would be filed, but there’s nothing wrong with teaching that kid to respect their elders. Maybe if grandma & grandpa don’t come & bring gifts, they will miss them.


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