Why did Pat Robertson really endorse Rudy Giuliani?

Far right Christian extremist Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani, despite ideological differences such as Giuliani’s support for gay rights and abortion. Robertson certainly deserves credit for being willing to break rank from other prominent conservatives who threatened to form a 3rd party if a pro-choice Republican (read: Giuliani) gets the nod. But why Giuliani? Here’s what Robertson had to say:

Rudy Giuliani took a city that was in decline and considered ungovernable and reduced its violent crime, revitalized its core, dramatically lowered its taxes, cut through a welter of bureaucratic regulations, and did so in the spirit of bipartisanship which is so urgently needed in Washington today.

Maybe. However, Robertson gets it wrong so much of the time that I’m having a hard time swallowing this. (Also, it’s a little hilarious to hear Pat Freakin’ Robertson call for bipartisanship in Washington…) So I find myself questioning the motives of one who is so virulently anti-gay, anti-woman, and anti-democracy.

You see, Pat Robertson has already stated that he believes that only Christians and Jews are fit to govern America. Consider this in light of the fact that Robertson views Mormonism as an un-Christian cult, and maybe the simplest answer is also the best one: Robertson doesn’t believe that Romney, a Mormon, is as fit to govern as Giuliani, a Catholic.

What if Mitt Romney happened to be an evangelical Christian, remaining identical in every other respect of his life and political career? Who would Robertson support then? Does anybody actually believe that anti-gay and anti-abortion Pat F. Robertson would’ve endorsed Giuliani over Romney? Yeah…me neither.

I should hasten to add that as Republicans go, I’ve got no particular problem with Giuliani or Romney, in and of themselves. However, I do have a big problem with religious discrimination, especially in light of Galatians 3.28: There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. I hope Pat Robertson has had a legitimate change of heart and is simply supporting Giuliani for reasons of policy, despite all evidence to the contrary.

4 Responses to “Why did Pat Robertson really endorse Rudy Giuliani?”

  1. Rudy and Pat, sittin’ in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…in a strictly heterosexual manner « The United States of Jamerica Says:

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  2. Tasiyagnunpa Livermont Says:

    There is no real reason for Robertson to endorse Giulliani other than for partisan reasons that have little to do with God. God is not a Republican.

  3. Tom Hoberg Says:

    Indeed, Tasiyagnunpa, God is not a Republican–or a Democrat. Unfortunately for the rest of us, I think Robertson believes that he is the personal manifestation of the voice of God. Which is why we get such bizarre, absolute pronouncements from him from time to time.

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

  4. FranIAm Says:

    What a great post.

    As a New Yorker and as a Catholic(albeit a very progressive one) as a woman and as an American, I have many thoughts about Rudy.

    And I must admit, that most of them are not positive.

    Robertson may like to project himself one way but I see him this way… Mr. Come to Jesus is wealthy beyond imagining. He has allegedly made a fortune in the blood diamond trade.

    And let me point out that he also built up his broadcasting empire in a tax free environment and then sold it for something like $400 million dollars.

    All of which I find distasteful at best.

    Why he is supporting Giuliani is beyond me. Tom you make some excellent points about why he is not supporting Romney. However- what about Fred? Huckabee?

    He just wants to tie himself to what he perceives as power I guess.

    Great Galatians reference and important to call that out. Thanks.

    Either that or the apocalypse is upon us. (said with irony in case that needed to be stated!)

    Go figure.

    P.S. By the way, he left our city in such a state of despair. Forget 9/11 if you will for a moment. He was a fiscal disaster and he was secretive, a bully, surrounded by lackeys and cronies (Bernard Kerik for one)and has the special skill of appearing to be superman.

    He is simply a megalomaniac narcissist.

    And Robertson, like many others, would have condemned us residents of Sodom to hell during the Giuliani years, like so many others. So really – what is he saying?

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