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. The quotes don't equal the summation. He said discipline because the child is coming home high and cursing.. there is no direct quote it was about indoctrination at all. If this is all their was then you're summation is based on who you know Pat to be, not what he said.

    • I agree with you! This was taken out of context. His warning to discpline him is not cruel. Never said “Beat him”. ..but hey this is the persecution of disciple of Jesus. Let’s count it all joy with Pat! Thank You God! You defend us who follow You! Us that hear Your word and do it! This will not be successful! Isa54:17

      • You’re funny also. I take it that you’re fine with those christian parents beating their nine kids and one died. I knew you christians are for murder. “Thou shalt not kill” is what y’all no longer follow. So does this mean the 10 commandments which it’s a joke can be thrown out the window now and erased?

        • I believe in spanking a child I sure beat my kids but as need..but this law you can’t put your hands on them this is why they so messed up long as there are no black eyes or broken beat your children it will make them better people in the future

      • Do you have someone who looks after you!?,because you (like all dumb christians) are clearly deluded by the utter nonsense you are brain fried with from the bible!!

    • Ok so for the people that are agreeing with Pat Robertson with this. Shame on you for being for child abuse. And you wonder why people can’t stand these so called christians these days. What gives the grandma the right to force her religion at her grown daughter’s house anyways? Daughter’s family don’t need to be hearing the preaching and all that lies and nonsense.

    • That's no way to bring non-believers to Christ.
      This is Pat's problem, and I'm sure he will figure out the correct way.
      We have no say-so.

  2. Pat Robertson isn't a real Christian, his views are not supported by the Bible nor associated with a loving God. Now that being said, are there issues with kids and today's society, yes. But, promoting violence isn't going to solve anything. And besides, you cannot have have Freedom of Religion if you are not going to allow this for all, regardless of whether or not you agree with them.

  3. Pat Robertson is evil. For many years he’s been saying off the wall comments. He is evil as evil can be. A real deviant,religious hypocrite. It will be a blessing when he meets his maker in hell

  4. I guess so called christian’s are taking a page out of the Koran…if they don’t believe in what you believe in then beat them until they do. If that doesn’t work maybe christian’s should just kill the offender…
    The more I hear from these so called people of God the more I realize that they know not of which they speak.
    As far as I’m concerned, I got my enlightenment from the other side, sitting with my father and listening to his teachings and what I was told is so opposite of what is spoken of in this thing we call reality it’s no wonder my father told me to stay away from organized religion. From what I’ve seen over the years they are all the same. Brainwashing and hatred. Where the heck did the love and understanding go to? Where did Gods teaching disappear to and why was it replaced with the hatred of these lying sacks of human garbage. There is only one way, and it is Gods way not the leas and nonsense these false prophets speak!

    • Actually the Quran bee specifically states:

      “There is no compulsion in religion, the right direction is clearly distinguished from the wrong.” Chapter 2, v. 256.

      Many prominent Islamic scholars have set out compelling arguments for religious freedom based on Islamic texts and the life of the Prophet, Muhammad, PBUH.

  5. Ribertson has NEVER upheld any of Jesus’ teachings of love, foregiveness or even compassion. He is truly a dangerous sociopathic zealot who’s never studied the true life of Christ and his teachings of love & peace. Jesus never forgot the divine spark that is part of us all. Shame on Patty Robertson for worshipping his God of hate & war!!!

  6. I was a student and prayer line employee in 1999. Pat Robertson is not a true Christian, but he proclaimed a Christian because he can avoid taxes on his religion related organization. In 1999, my wallet was stolen at Regent Law Library, until today I didn’t get back what I had inside. I made a police report, they hold my LL.M diploma for 10 years. He tried to put me in jail for twice. He is a hypocrite. Don’t get fool by this con-man.

  7. I notice his son cures people of cancer on his show.
    When to watch his magic the other day and it was a holiday.
    He and God had taken the day and weekend off.
    Think of all the poor children that died in those few days thanks to him taking the weekend off.

  8. I parked next to Pat's G-604 , 100 million dollar jet in Norfork yrs ago. Tail number PR1.
    You have to say no matter what that he and Joel and Joyce and the rest of the con artist are incredibly talented at what they do.

  9. Not a supporter of any faith, but let’s cut the b.s. clickbait headline. He advocated for corporal punishment (despicable or not), but he did not advocate for beating someone until they respect Christian Beliefs., you can do better.


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