Pat Robertson: Islam is Not a Religion – It’s a Worldwide Political Movement

Pat Robertson once again said something quite despicable:

Ladies and gentlemen, we have to recognize that Islam is not a religion. It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world. And it is meant to subjugate all people under Islamic law. In the Quran, it says it very clearly. There are two spheres. One is the Dar al-Harb, which is the realm of war. The other is Dar al-Islam, which is that part that’s under submission to Islam. There is no middle ground. You’re either at war or you’re under submission. Now, that’s the way they think.

Now, sure, over here, you’ve got Islam light and you’ve got all these various things, but the idea is we don’t want just accommodation, we want to take over and we want to impose Sharia on you. And before long, ladies are going to be dressed in burqas and whatever garments they would put on them, and next thing you know, men are going to be allowed to have wife-beating and you’ll be beheading adulterers and so on and so forth. That’s Saudi Arabia. We don’t want that here in America. If they don’t like it here in America, then let them go to Saudi Arabia, to Kuwait, to Yemen, to all those wonderful nations around the Middle East.

Mr. Robertson: you seemingly do not know much about religion. Seemingly you do not know what the definition of religion is. Therefore: please read this and this. From the last source:

1.
a. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
b. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
2. The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
3. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
4. A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

Conclusion: Islam is a religion.

What I find scary is that there are actually quite some people who listen to what this idiot has to say. He should be ignored by the entire world. People should laugh at him. I do not particularly enjoy speaking about a fellow Christian like this, but he is preaching hatred and ignorance not love, compassion and understanding.

Also – admittedly, my English is far from perfect, but what about Robertson’s? “It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world.” Can something be “meant on domination”?

And what about this one: “men are going to be allowed to have wife-beating”? Doesn’t he mean “men are allowed to beat their wives,” or something similar?

Cross posted at my own blog.

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2 Responses to Pat Robertson: Islam is Not a Religion – It’s a Worldwide Political Movement

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    There’s only one kind of person in this country, those who are real familiar with Robertson, or someone else very much like him.

    Accordingly, there’s only two kinds of people in this country. Those who like Robertson and those who just ignore him. He speaks to those who like him, and says what they want to hear. It would be a mistake to think that they like him because of what he says, the horse truly comes before the cart with him. And there’s enough of them that he’s able to make a real good living.

    End of story.

  2. Ginny Cotts says:

    Michael,

    Your understanding of English is far better than quite a number who speak no other language.

    Robertson uses English in one of it’s well established capacities: to disinform. There is argument that English became a dominant world language because it had developed as more nuanced and flexible than other languages. While I tend to agree with the flexibility – largly due to the incorporation of multiple languages- I also see it as allowing the disinformation and obfuscation of comments and discussion.

    Robertson also uses what psychology calls projection. Based on the human tendency to reason from ones own experience, accusations against others will reflect the reality that the individual is familiar with, projecting it on others. In this case, Christians who are intent on promoting their religion into government worldwide, see other religions as having the same agenda.

    Rather than understand that the best defense from any religion gaining undue influence over government(s) lies in the First Amendment, they seek to undemine it and create a gap that would allow others to take the same advantage.

    I would not put it past these theocrats to understand that is exactly what they are doing and to develop this pre-emptive attack on Islam to further their own agenda.

    Thanks to free speech, outlets like the 700 Club, and the overwhelming smorgasbord of the information age, comments like these will make it to the supporters while barely getting through to the general public. What does get through is either ignored or receives too little negative response to counter it.