Beware: Pat Robertson Thinks ‘Cultists’ Will Curse You Through Your Facebook Pictures (VIDEO)

You know, I wonder if Pat Robertson is suffering from elderly dementia. I really do. Some of the stuff he has told viewers of his scam show 700 Club is just so crazy! Just in the past few months, he has said that gays will become extinct because they don’t breed, that the Constitution should be superseded by the Bible as the law of the land, said that non-Christian children should be beaten until they respect Christianity, advised an elderly man to let God be his doctor and told another elderly viewer to get a reverse mortgage to be able to pay her 700 Club dues. The dude seriously needs to be examined by a good geriatric doctor.

Now Pat thinks that Satanists are going to be cursing people through their Facebook pictures. Seriously. A woman named Cynthia –who had written to Pat for advice (really??) — asked if it was okay to post pictures of the ultrasounds of unborn children on Facebook. Pat started off one way and then veered way over to the Land of Crazy:

“I don’t think there is any harm in it. But I tell you, there are demons and there are evil people in the world, and you post a picture like that and some cultist gets hold of it or a coven and they begin muttering curses against an unborn child. You never know what somebody’s going to do.”

We know what Pat Robertson will do; he will repeat ridiculous myths to scare his viewers. A “cultist?” What, like someone from the Westboro Baptist Church? Like Children of God/The Family? Snake Handlers? Harold Camping’s Family Radio Ministries? Jim Jones’ People’s Temple? All cults full of cultists. All calling themselves Christians.

But I think ol’ Pat has another kind of cultist in mind. One that really isn’t but that most Christians view as the worst kind. That would be non-Christian religious groups. Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and, yes, Satanists. Pat, like most Christians, has swallowed the propaganda of the Church hook, line, and sinker. Because none of these groups are a cult, though they have been called such for hundreds of years by those who don’t understand them. And we fear what we don’t understand.

A cult is a very specific sort of group. There are hallmarks which must be present to be able to call a group a cult. Issac Bonewits, a Druid and founder of the Aquarian Anti-Defamation League, created The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (ABCDEF)  in 1979, at a time when cults were a social concern (it was updated in 2008). The Evaluation Frame has been used by the FBI and the South African government, among others, to define cults. It is based on psychology and history and is a great tool for weighing the cultish tendencies of any group. When modern Pagan, Wiccan, Druid and Satanist groups are graded on the ABCDEF, they score very low. This is because we don’t have One Leader — herding cats comes to mind — and the One Leader ideology is one of the most basic aspects of a cult.

That only addresses one aspect of Robertson’s ridiculous comments: “… muttering curses against an unborn child,” is it? Um… no. Though none of these groups have a single holy book or dogma, they do have guidelines for ethical behavior. Yes, even the Satanists. For Pagans and Wiccans, there is one all-encompassing rule: harm none. That’s pretty much it. Druids have a code of ethics based on ancient practices (human sacrifices stopped thousands of years ago) and modern mores. Satanists even have a code of ethics. All of these religions teach that hurting others is wrong. But since all of them are individualistic religions, anyone can claim to follow them and do bad things. They are just like every other religion in that aspect. However, one bad apple does not a cult make.

The upshot here is that Pat Robertson, like most Fundamentalist Christians, still spreads the same old bullsh1t about non-traditional religions. They see these religions as a threat to their own, but their fear is ungrounded. Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and, yes, Satanists have our own lives to deal with. We don’t care how you worship, where you worship, who you worship or what book you use. Our attitude is, “If it helps you live your life and you don’t hurt others with it, it’s all good.”

So, no. You don’t have to worry about us “muttering curses” over Facebook pictures. We just don’t do that. Pseudo-Christians, on the other hand, do such things. Pat Robertson should look to his own house when it comes to people muttering curses.

Here’s a clip courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

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