Pat Robertson is a televangelist and conservative, American business mogul. Robertson is the current host of The 700 Club, airing on the Christian Broadcasting Network, which Robertson himself founded. Robert is also the CEO and founder of Regent University and has been involved in various conservative think tanks such as ACLJ, CNP, and the Christian Coalition. Robertson ran an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for President in 1988. Throughout his tenure in both media and politics, Robertson has been embroiled in controversy. In one such occasion, a pilot, working for Robertson’s charity “Operation Blessing,” claimed that airplanes, supposedly sending relief to refugees in Zaire (now The Democratic Republic of Congo), were actually working for his diamond mining business. Robertson is also known for peddling conspiracy theories and announcing false prophecies. His novel, A New World Order, forwards such conspiracy theories about Jewish bankers and the Council on Foreign Relations. Robert often espouses hateful speech, targeting members of the LGBTQ+ community and Islam. Robertson’s Islamophobic statements follow traditional tropes, such as conspiracies of Muslim world-domination, in addition to labeling Muslims as insane.
Early 2018, Pat Robertson suffered a stroke, but has since made a full recovery. Robertson continues to host his show, The 700 Club. Robertson has been a strong and vocal support of President Donald Trump. In response to the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi, Robertson said: “You’ve got one journalist -- who knows? Was it an interrogation? Was he assassinated, Were there rouge elements? Who did it?...You’ve got $100 billion worth of arms sales...we cannot alienate our biggest player in the Middle East.” Robertson has also interviewed Trump directly on his television program. Furthermore, he has gained recent criticism in the news for his statements on LGBTQ+ rights.
Robertson claims that Islam is an inherently violent religion that is seeking to take over the world.
“Our hearts go out to these people who were wounded and injured. On a joyous day, Patriots' Day, in Boston and the Boston Marathon draws people in from all around the world, about 26 or 7 thousand participants about 17,000 I understand it finished -- crossed the finish line before this bomb went off.
But to think that somebody would be so vicious, so evil as to want to kill little children, and maim families who were there rejoicing in a sporting contest on a beautiful day in Boston, it just makes you sick at your stomach. Don't talk to me about religion of peace, no way.”
“You know ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it, Islam is a violent religion, it’s not a religion of peace. They say that, it’s been told, president Bush said it’s a religion of peace, that nonsense, it isn’t. It just isn’t. And these people are good, loyal Islamic people. They’re part of the overall Islamic world, and they hate the West.”
“Plus they wanna impose Sharia law on the rest of us, and part of Sharia has to do with what women wear, what kind of clothes they wear.”
“Well, we've been saying it, but it looks like the political correctness in our society won't let you say it. They make fun of people who speak out boldly against Islam. But I want to say it again, and again, and again: Islam is not a religion, it is a political system meant on -- bent on world domination, not a religion. It masquerades as a religion, but the religion covers a worldwide attempt to exercise power and to subjugate the world to their way of thinking.”
“Islamist people, they’re gonna demand foot washing places in airports, they’re gonna demand special cells in jails, they’re gonna demand to be able to ring the bells in the middle of the day. They’re gonna demand this, that, and the other, and the more you give the more they’ll demand until -- the object is to take over.”
“Islam is a violent -- and, uh, I was gonna say religion -- but it’s not a religion, it’s a political system, it’s a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination...and I think we should treat it as such and treat its adherents as such as we would members of the communist party or members of some fascist group.”
“And, ladies and gentlemen, if we had listened to what Adolf Hitler said in Mein Kampf, the West might have been prepared, and World War II would have been averted. We are not listening to what these guys say. We are not listening to what not only the radical Muslims but Islam in general, we're not listening to what it says.”
Robertson has characterized Muslims as insane and satanic.
“You know, you wonder what it is in these Muslims that causes them to go crazy…”
“You know it's -- we -- there was an article today about ‘oh, should we have a presence in the Middle East?’ We obviously have to protect the oil, we have to protect the Suez Canal, we have to protect the trade routes. And it's a very important part of the world, but I tell you that you know Ishmael, the Bible says, was like a wild donkey. I mean he was just a wild man and apparently he's -- that spirit has pervaded these people. And it's just crazy, but they do it. Y'know there'll be one Miss Universe contest and they go crazy. One cartoon about Muhammad and they go crazy. They wanna kill people, they shoot things, they tear things up. So anyhow, maybe sanity will be restored one day. But it won't be anytime soon.”
“The fact that this elicited this incredible outpouring of rage just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it's motivated by demonic power; it is satanic; and it's time we recognize what we are dealing with. But, political correctness will not face one religious ideology with the strength of another because they don't have the strength of another. And, so, they're caving in before this vicious assault, and the goal of Islam, ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, is world domination.”
In response to a question about a Crusader themed chess set on Robertson’s show The 700 Club, Robertson said:
“Well I mean if it’s a Crusade then the Crusaders are killing the Muslims [laughter], so what’s the big deal? You know -- I -- nothing says that you can have anything Muslim in your house, you’re not worshiping Allah. This is, uh, a clash that took place. Crusaders went to reclaim the holy places from the infidels -- from the Muslims that had taken them over. So that’s historic, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”