Rev. Pat Robertson is many things. He is a Southern Baptist minister, he is a television commentator, he is a former Presidential candidate.
And he also has said some truly outrageous comments on his television program The 700 Club.
I don’t have to reiterate them here, mostly they concern comments about God causing both the 2010 Haitian earthquake and the 2005 destruction of New Orleans via Hurricane Katrina.
So when some of my Facebook friends posted that Pat Robertson had some pointed comments about David Bowie’s passing… I had to look.
And they were truly shocking comments.
But what’s more shocking is – he didn’t really make those comments.
Here’s a link to one of the stories. I’m going to post verbatim the transcript of what was claimed to have been said by Robertson. Read carefully. There will be a test later on.
Recently on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson fielded a question from a teenage viewer who wanted to know if it is a sin to listen to rock music. The televangelist said that while people shouldn’t try to completely avoid mainstream music, they should be wary of listening to songs that may contain violent, satanic lyrics and beats that could summon demonic beings. “It depends on what rock you’re listening to,” he said. “Some of the stuff is just evil. They used to talk about killing your parents. There were odes to Satan. You don’t want that stuff coming into your mind. In one Indian context, they were playing rock music and the person said, ‘Why are you calling on the demons?’ because that was the kind of music they used to summon demons.”
“And it’s true, just look at what happened to David Bowie,” Robertson continued. “I mean, here you have a person who everybody is referring to as a legendary musician, an innovator, someone who changed the course of pop music history. In reality, Bowie was a deeply tormented gay drug addict, and it showed through his music and on his face. I mean, just take a look at any picture of him and tell me that’s not true. Tell me he doesn’t look like he just finished having a gay orgy, complete with a ton of drugs. And now people think he is dead. I’m kind of thinking, na-aah, no way. I’m thinking the demons kidnapped him to entertain them in Hell, because they got tired of mainstream punk-rock, and suddenly decided they were in the mood for some ‘Space Oddity.’”
“The 700 Club” host also opined that “demons started hating all rock music because of mindless punk rock, when rock music used to be awesome in the beginning. But then came punk rock, and demons started using it as an invitation to come to Earth and punish musicians. Rock music in general is, in fact, an invitation to be kidnapped by demons. Some of the stuff that gets to be referred to as music, I just can’t believe it. I mean, if you play rock music, you’re summoning a creature or two from Hell, make no mistake. The only question is, how long will they let you knock on their door before they decide to answer? In Bowie’s case, I believe he was just out of luck. Some poor punk singer called forth a demon, but on the way, the demon heard Bowie rehearsing for a gig, and decided to take him back instead, just for kicks.”
“As a matter of fact, there’s probably a room full of demons somewhere in Hell right about now, and they’ve probably got Bowie performing his greatest hits while slowly roasting on a skewer or something. So, wise up, people, and stop listening to rock music. Some 99% of it might get you in trouble with a demon, or even impaled on a skewer and roasting over a slow fire somewhere in Hell,” Robertson said. “Unless, of course, you happen to be John Bonham. Bonzo is probably hailed as the King of all Hell and is brought fresh maidens to feast on every day. And that has nothing to do with ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Led Zeppelin in general is going to be in every Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on every planet in this universe. Because they deserve it. But Bowie? He deserves everything he’s going through.”
Wowie. Gee, Pat, don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel.
But there’s some red flags in this report. Think about it. At the end of the article, Pat Robertson is claimed to have an affinity for Led Zeppelin music. Led Zeppelin? They of the “if you listen to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ backwards, Satan will come and claim your soul” Led Zeppelin?
There’s an old saying, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. – Mark Twain.”
And there was no corroborating video clip to prove Pat Robertson’s comments were that far off base. I mean, if Pat Robertson and Ann Coulter and Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly ever got in an argument, it would rip apart the time-space continuum.
So let’s see if I can find that video clip that shows Robertson denouncing David Bowie and rock music in general.
Well… I did find something.
Here it is.
In case you don’t have time to watch Pat Robertson talk about rock music, here’s a transcript of his thoughts from the video. Trust me. I typed this myself. You can tell I typed it, I used the correct punctuation of two spaces after a period. 😀
“It depends on what rock you’re listening to. I mean, some of the stuff is just evil. They used to talk about killing your parents. They were just evil things. There were odes to Satan. You don’t want that stuff coming into your mind. There’s some beats that’s out there that probably isn’t all that bad, although in one Indian context, they were playing rock music and the person said, ‘Why are you calling on the demons?’ because that was the kind of music they used to summon demons. Anyhow, again, the evil in the world is so pervasive that we just need to stay in prayer, we need to stay in the world of God and we need to have fellowship with one another, but the truth is if we don’t have any relation with that, we’ll have to go out of the world. Paul said, ‘I’ve got to eat with people with idolators, and if I don’t, then I’ll have to leave the world.’ So that’s the way we live, so the Lord understands that.”
And at no time were the words “David Bowie”, “Led Zeppelin” or “Space Oddity” ever mentioned by Pat Robertson.
Look, I understand that Pat Robertson has said some very inflammatory things in the past. And I understand that he sometimes says these things to get people to talk about him – you know, you’re fumbling around your cable channels looking for what station still airs The 700 Club and you discover that it’s still on the air…
But if you’re going to castigate Pat Robertson for saying something inflammatory…
In that same vein, you have to defend him when he is accused of saying something that he truly never said.
Although now I am curious about Pat Robertson’s thoughts on David Bowie. Maybe I should contact The 700 Club and find out. And maybe I can get Pat Robertson to autograph my copy of Led Zeppelin IV while I’m at it.