March 9, 2012

Pat Robertson Supports Legalizing Marijuana

pat robertsonPat Robertson is many things, and most of them are not what I'd consider positive. Not only is he a real Christian, but he's a highly influential leader among evangelical fundamentalist Christians. No matter what he has said, his followers have not deserted him. Not when he claims to receive warnings about terrorist attacks from his god, not when he compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, not when he told a Christian caller that she had to dump her atheist boyfriend, and not when he blamed the Haitian people for the earthquake that destroyed their homes. Even though Robertson received some complaints after he suggested that a man should divorce his wife because she was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his followers stayed with him. But he may have finally gone too far.

It seems Robertson had a rare moment of clarity during which he expressed his support for legalizing marijuana. He initially floated the idea of decriminalization back in 2010 but stopped far short of legalization. But he's now expressed support for legalizing marijuana on his 700 Club television show (yeah, I didn't know it was still on either). Will this finally be the end of Robertson?

I'm assuming he'll be pressured to recant. They'll demand some lame excuse about how he didn't mean it. If he doesn't take it back, it seems likely that many of his followers may finally abandon him.