Pat Robertson: Atheist women were likely raped, and that’s why they reject Jesus

This post by Rika Christensen originally appeared at Addicting Info.

CBN host Pat Robertson (screen grab)
CBN host Pat Robertson (screen grab)

Pat Robertson offered his views on why there are women who are atheists. According to The Raw Story, in his mind, women who are atheists and openly hostile to any mention of God have something seriously wrong in their pasts. Answering a viewer’s question on why someone she witnessed to was that hostile, Pat Robertson said there was probably abuse or rape in her past.

Perhaps this rapist hurt her, and then acted like he was behaving in a Biblical manner. Or, perhaps he told her that God said it was a man’s duty to rape his daughter. Or something to that effect. Regardless, Pat Robertson believes the hostility is because this woman has bad past experiences she associates with God.

Why are some atheists hostile towards mentions of God?

So, it couldn’t possibly be because atheists are sick of being told they’re possessed by demons or under demonic influence. They couldn’t possibly be tired of hearing that they’re sinners, and God will judge them and condemn them to hell. It’s obviously not because atheists are sick and tired of feeling like Christians are forcing their religion on everyone around them.

Some atheists might be hostile because they’re angry at God. But not all.

An article on CNN in 2011 discussed a study of college students that found atheists and agnostics seemed to report more anger towards God in their pasts than believers did. The study appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and, according to CNN, also reported that younger people tended to be angrier at God than older people were. The researchers believe that might be due to the shifting cultural norms surrounding religion.

The CNN article does warn that these findings are not definitive. They’re part of an emerging social science field called inquiry, which means they could later be bolstered by other studies, or debunked.

However, assuming for a moment that this study does accurately represent atheists’ views, anger at God could come from anything; it doesn’t have to be rape or abuse. There’s a lot of injustice in the world, and atheists might look at that and wonder how a loving God could just let it continue unchecked. They could feel like Christians are lying when they say God is loving, simply because the harsh nature of the real world doesn’t show evidence of that love to an atheist.

People are atheists for lots of reasons. For Pat Robertson to say that it happens because of abuse, or rape, or a traumatic event is to make a blanket judgment about an entire group of people that he doesn’t know. To be fair, he’s occasionally lucid, like when he told Ken Ham to stop making an idiot of himself over creationism. However, when it comes to atheism, Pat Robertson has an awful lot to learn.

Here’s the video:

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31 COMMENTS

  1. I think Pat Robinson should stay out of Political issues. Religion and Politics do not mix. He is an idiot and he shouldn’t I feel be preaching the bible when he puts his words in. Not what is written word for word what the bible states. You should never add or take a way from the Bible and he does. He is another Rich minister see where he got his money from I So you. Yes he is giving Masonic hand signals as my farther Inlaw showed me many hand signs that they use. When the want to tell there other members certain things. Not good.

    • who said she wasn't? Nobody knows what the woman did or said or thought. after all, the book was written by men for men and women were just to be used as property

  2. As an atheist I am about as mad at God as I am at Unicorns. I don’t believe in either so I don’t think about either as an influence in my life. However, this article is not only a stretch but is a pretty blatant appeal to emotion. Now to be clear I only watched the video that they provided and did not see if he made any comments other than what was on the video. But, He did not in any way say that Atheist women were likely raped. He said that this specific women, who the caller said seemed angry when she brought up the word god, could have “maybe” had some trauma in her life that made her angry at god (an abusive father, or a rapey preacher type). This is not an illogical train of thought. Of course it could be that this woman is just tired of being preached at every day by her ignorant coworker. But nowhere in his statement did I hear him say that all Aetheist women were likely raped which is what this headline implies. He even asked the lady not to push anything on this women, which is a fairly enlightened position for him. Look, Pat Robertson is a horrible human on so many levels but this kind of twisting of intentions makes us look like the vindictive ones. So please stop. There are so many actual reasons to dislike this guy, try focusing on those.

  3. I was never abused in any way as a child, physically, sexually, emotionally, or otherwise. And yet somehow, for some reason, I've never believed in Jesus Christ, nor have I ever read the Bible.

  4. When Christians make research, it is not really research, but more of an opinion-based claim, hence his opinion is invalid because his evidence is not based on observable facts, but rather, a stupid book, or the whispers in his head.

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