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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785 COMMENTS

  1. He is nuts.
    That has nothing to do with Christ’s teachings
    or the 10 Commandments. He looks like he has
    dementia. Did you see his face he looks positively
    crazed

  2. The Bible says”spare the rod of correction, spoil the child”.
    I agree with Pat. These modern day Christians parents, so called, should have had the rod used on them!

    • Wow ! You need taking to a woodshed and being beaten ..see if you still feel the same .. people who want use violence against weaker people and especially children are a disgrace.. I would never follow any cult that thinks this is ok .. and it is a cult .

    • Yes, Nothing Days ‘ God ‘ Lives children more than beating them l grew up in a non religious house. I’m semi retired now, but l worked as a Nurse for over 35 years. I don’t care what the Bible says, In other verses, the Bible allows for owning Slaves. Hmm, pretty sure Slavery is illegal.

    • The “rod” that the Bible refers to was an tool designed to GUIDE the sheep. It was never meant for beating them. This passage has been so misquoted by ignorant people who think they understand the Bible but they don’t. Spare guidance, spoil the child is how it should read. And if you think guidance includes beating, you need to be guided back to the God who LOVES.

    • Of course this only works when the child is small. What are you going to do when they grow up and decide that you can’t hit them anymore? I wont shed a tear for you when your children have beaten you to submission.

  3. Yes … rejoice your Savior… love on people. Show Christ’s love and pray. Plant seeds of love. Do children need discipline yes!!! But love supersedes all and patience. Righteous words of joy and love will be Christlike and win over everything!! Keep praying it is powerful and then others will want what you have…. genuine love and will want to live for Christ!! Can you love someone all the way to hell by keeping them comfortable in ungodly behavior … yes!! But everything we do must be in patience, love and joy but. Discipline … yes ! A divine balance and love supersedes!!

  4. REALLY??? GEEZ WHAT A POS and a demented whackjob!!!! How dare he suggest that. He should be reported to child services. Get out you old fossil!!! Shame on you. You’re a disgrace.

  5. The author is living proof that evolution CAN go in reverse, a few fries short of a Happy Meal and about as sharp as a marble.

    It was Christmas… Umm, that’s one of the two biggest Christian holidays that the world likes to counterfeit. Grandma has every right, a responsibility actually, to speak about the reason for celebrating. The world may have forgotten, you might refuse to acknowledge, but grandma knows and is genuinely concerned about her family.

    The idea that Christians should apologize for their faith is a bigoted and hateful position.

    Recommding an honest discourage and apologetic discussion would be much more inclusive and ethical.

  6. Spare the rod, spoil the child. It's says in God's words if you don't disoplen your child your leading them to hell. Pat I admire your boldness in Christ word. We are living in days where we are hated over speaking his truth. God has been removed out of our school and his holy untidy has been defiled as a choice. Not God's commands and instructions On having a great nation UNDER GOD! WE AS FELLOW HUMANS HAVE HAD OUR HANDS IN THE SELF DESTRUCTION THAT COMES FROM WICKED DEEDS AND SINFUL WAYS AT ON POINT. WHY CAN WE PRAY AS A NATION AND TRUST IN HIS WORD WLONE. NO WONDER OUR CHILDREN ARE RUNNING WILD ACTING SINFUL AND NOT HOLY. God's will is not man's will. Men thinking we are so smart we can go further with nation in trusting men? God is angry with us. God is coming in full force trying to awaken us again.

  7. Pat, are you a survivor of child abuse? Adults abused as kids often abuse their children. It’s not to late to get professional help.

  8. I had a priest ask me a sexual question in confession that was very inappropriate years ago. I walked out of that inappropriate situation. I would never, ever go back into a Christain venue after that and experience any more things like the angry classes to learn religious songs better because according to some in that church thought kids were too silent and lacked enthusiasm to sing. I respect your right to your religioun, but you are wrong to sanction child abuse when a child finds a religion is not for them. I respect someone’s right to their religion, but they in turn should respect a child’s right to not be bullied and browbeaten to force religion on anyone. I am not Christian, nor would of become one if beaten to force a faith on me. Freedom from an unwanted faith is a right too. Anyone who tortures anyone to accept any religion is a criminal and should be prosecuted for doing so. People actually have the right to not join a religion if it does not appeal to them. People do have as much a right to be free to reject a faith as have a right to accept it.

  9. When Christianity first got started: they use to chop off your head, if you didn’t believe in it. Pat Robertson wants to bring it back. …Evil at it peak!

  10. The God who loves explain why God locked all millions of people out from entering Noah’s Ark they all died only 8 of Noah’s family was saved in the flood

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