In the wake of yet another violent tragedy, many Americans have responded with empathy and grief. Others still are asking the hard questions about the role of guns, religious intolerance, and white supremacism in this tragedy. Now is a time for sensitivity and collective reflection, as we ponder how to prevent future mass violence.
Sadly, I don't think Pat Robertson got the memo.
On the August 6th edition of The 700 Club, Robertson was his usual insensitive self as he discussed the Wisconsin shooting. At the 3:17 mark, Robertson speculated about the role of Satan and atheism (!) in such violence, despite no evidence of Satanism or atheism as Page's motivations.
"What is it? Is it Satanic? Is it some spiritual thing? People who are atheists? They hate God. They hate the expression of God, and they are angry with the world, angry with themselves, angry with society, and they take it out on innocent people who are worshipping God. And whether it's a Sikh temple or a Baptist church or a Catholic church or a Muslim mosque, whatever it is, I just abhor this kind of violence. It is the kind of thing we should do something about, but what do you do? What do you do? Well, you talk about the love of God and hope that it has some impact."(Hat tip to Right Wing Watch. See www[dot]cbn[dot]com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/archive/club/700club080612_ws)