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 am sure Mr. Robertson did not mean the way they are trying to make this out to read… Christianphobic it’s all right to discriminate against Christians, but let Christian’s stand for righteousness, the non Christian world can’t have that … Maranatha come Lord Jesus!

    • I’m sure he meant it exactly as he said. Christianity is dying because humans are smarter now and don’t need an absentee invisible imaginary sky daddy to worship.

  2. These kids are out of control and y’all on here dogging out Pat cause he said take them to the wood shed. These little monsters need there buts whooped sometimes. But y’all keep on supporting these kids and there bad behavior, they are growing into adults fast and it will be to late and if this child is behaving like that they will end up in prison and it want be pretty. And it is in the Bible about sparing the rod. I got my but whooped and I turned out just fine. But don’t mind me proceed to dog out Pat and defend these little monsters running around here disrespecting the world.

    • I hope you go to jail for being the child abuser you are. Nobody beat me and I’ve never been to jail. I also spent almost a decade serving my country. You’re a moron.

  3. That’s not what he said. I’m out a fan of PR, but that isn’t what the video says. He was addressing the lack of discipline. We need truth on all sides, please.

    • That’s exactly what he said. He’s promoting child abuse, again. This psycho once told grandparents to kidnap their grandchild because the parents weren’t christian.

  4. If you beat a child, you behave like the Romans with Jesus. If you must discipline a child, you don’t do it by force, you do it by accepting the person as is, while hoping that one day the child will reflect and see how good and happy person you have turned out because you love as Gd does. This will make the child curious and one day will ask you, why are you always happy and never angry? Only then can you teach with kindness and love. How do I know, because I have done exactly that in the past. Be happy and at peace.

  5. If he really wants to be like Jesus he should go to prison and preach there. Get out of his mansion and his thousand dollar suits and off the damn TV. Let him tell hardened criminals their daddies should have beat them. I bet he’d find more victims of child abuse in prison than those who weren’t beat.

  6. We are going back on time…
    part ll
    a children version
    Sorta like “hunger games”
    But lots of beating innocent kids
    Coming soon at your local evangelical church