The Christian Broadcasting Network founder and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson pἀssed away on June 8, 2023 and his cause of deἀth is unknown yet. At the time of deἀth his age was 93.
Regent University Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs William L. Hathaway said:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved founder Dr. Robertson was a globally-renowned leader, broadcaster, philanthropist, educator, author, accomplished businessman and most importantly – a faithful servant of God who dedicated his life to glorifying the Lord and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
People are showing condolences toward the star on social media:
Pat Robertson died this morning and I just wanted to take the time to say to everyone that this piece of inhuman shit was evil.
I hope hell is real because that’s where he fucking belongs.
I spit on his grave.
Here’s a thread 🧵 pic.twitter.com/Dw2wV74xdg
— MaceAhWindu (@MaceAhWindu) June 8, 2023
Pat Robertson, the right-wing televangelist and former Republican presidential candidate who espoused racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, AIDSphobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic bigotry on air for decades, has died. pic.twitter.com/hCLNtkQtCA
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 8, 2023
Pat Robertson, the televangelist who claimed gay people and feminists caused 9/11 and natural disasters, has died at the age of 93. 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/gUq8qrQVc7
— Pop Base (@PopBase) June 8, 2023
My thoughts on the passing of Pat Robertson. pic.twitter.com/RJUolCh9eU
— Al Franken (@alfranken) June 9, 2023
Remembering some Pat Robertson gems today pic.twitter.com/dOsXvEApBq
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 8, 2023
Pat Robertson’s Enduring Presence in American Households:
Pat was known for elevating religion to the forefront of American politics through his work with the Republican Party and his Christian Coalition.
Robertson also founded the American Center for Law and Justice which fights for religious people’s First Amendment rights, the international humanitarian organization Operation Blessing and the evangelical Christian university Regent University in Virginia Beach.
He was a regular in American households for more than 50 years thanks to his “700 Club” program and later his televised pronouncements of God’s judgment which he often delivered with a smile as a gentle lament and which included blaming natural disasters on gἀys and femἰnists and accμsing Black Lives Matter demonstrators of being anti-Christian.
Ralph Reed, who led the Christian Coalition in the ’90s, remembered Robertson as a “happy warrior” who was polite and well-read said:
“He was not some backwoods preacher, He was very enthralling, avuncular and charming. He had a great sense of humor.”
When he jumped headfirst into politics in 1988, seeking the Republican nominee for president, donations flowed in his influence grew and he brought a massive following with him.
Robertson won the runner-up spot in Iowa caucuses ahead of current Vice President George H.W. Bush thanks in large part to his innovative tactic of targeting Iowa’s network of evangelical Christian churches.
A petition signed by three million of Robertson’s supporters across the United States was his “masterstroke”. As a result of his strategy, he now has a large force at his disposal. Hadden, a University of Virginia sociologist said:
“He solicited commitments of service, prayer and financial support from the community. Political historians may view it as one of the most ingenious things a candidate ever did.”
In 1989, Robertson founded the Christian Coalition in Chesapeake with the claim that it would forward the principles of his campaign. In the 1990s, the coalition grew to be a significant political force by organizing conservative voters at the local level.
His influence on American politics and religion was “enormous” by the time Robertson resigned as the coalition’s president in 2001, citing a desire to focus on his ministerial work, according to John C. Green, an emeritus political science professor at the University of Akron.
Green told that many people in Christian broadcasting took the route Robertson did. In American politics, Robertson contributed to “cementing the alliance between conservative Christians and the Republican Party.”
“Here’s a well-educated person having sophisticated conversations with a wide variety of guests on a wide variety of topics, It was with a religious inflection to be sure. But it was an approach that took up everyday concerns.”
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Exploring the Influential Family Background of Pat Robertson:
Parents Absalom Willis Robertson and Gladys Churchill Robertson welcomed Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson into the world on March 22, 1930 in Lexington, Virginia. His father represented Virginia in the United States as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator for 36 years.
He served in Korea as the 1st Marine Division’s assistant adjutant after receiving his degree from Washington and Lee University. He graduated from Yale University Law School with a law degree however he decided against going into the legal profession after failing the bar exam.
At Yale in 1952, Robertson met his future wife, Adelia “Dede” Elmer. After earning his master’s degree in divinity from the New York Theological Seminary, Robertson and his family moved south to purchase a failing UHF television station in Portsmouth, Virginia.
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