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. Another MORON heard from. You fake “christians” with your sky daddy pervert the message of Jesus, who was a brown-skinned, Jewish, probably gay socialist, and would SPIT on all of you, including the senile old crook, Pat Robinson, who, like all “christian” evangelicals, is a phony and a swindler and only wants to continue stealing your money.

  2. All these religious zealots should be put on a island in the middle of a ocean and left to themselves to practice their beliefs.

  3. "Respect our beliefs!"
    Oh, right, I think I know what you mean by that… that means we have to silently endure all your preaching, proselytization, and general snide, judgmental comments, every second you're awake. That means we have to watch everything we do and say, in our OWN HOME, to avoid disturbing YOUR ridiculously-delicate sensibilities.
    Have I got it about right?
    If Mee-maw and Pee-paw weren't such completely insufferable fucking pills, and didn't try to turn every visit into some kind of absurd theological intervention, maybe their grandkid could tolerate being in the same room with them for more than five minutes without being high AF.

  4. The prisons are hell When that cell door closes behind you you know I how it feels to be in hell Sometimes God put you in a situation where he can help you

  5. I am a Christ follower and raised my sons by myself and they were leaders in High school and college and now in graduate school studying engineering m. I NEVER hit my children and NEVER yelled at my son and they never rebelled against me in any way. We continue to be a very close. The families who beat their children destroy their children and their relationship and trust with their children—abuse is abuse—“spare the rod, spoil the child” means non-violence shepherding as Jesus modeled. Jesus modeled Love and Peace—not beating children. This man is an evil pervert to even suggest such abuse.

  6. Beating children into submission is cruel and criminal. Children are a gift from god and parents beating their children need to have those kids taken away. As for your god who condones this, he isn’t a god I would want to worship. Beating children does nothing but break their spirits damage their minds and it makes them believe that they have no one and they can trust no one. If you beat your kids then you deserve a prison sentence.

  7. Excuse me. My parents never hit us and we grew up to be kind loving obedient smart and good humans. There are ways of disciplining children without harming them and honestly beating a kid because he doesn’t view Christ in Jesus the way you do is despicable. You people don’t deserve these precious gifts.

  8. I believe that parents should discipline their children but where it get out hand when you beat your child. The worse thing for this country happen when they took paddling out of schools and homes cause ever since look what is happening school shootings and with no respect. Again there a difference between chastising your child and beatings.

  9. This is a picture of an “IDIOT” suffering from multiple mental illnesses, forgetting to take his psych medication, went deep into his inner darkness, to drool venenon. Talking about an antechrist!


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