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October 3, 2011

As CBN Turns 50, Pat Robertson Mostly Bows Out of Politics

Marking the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of his Christian Broadcasting Network, Pat Robertson said he will no longer make political endorsements.

"When I was in charge of the Christian Coalition I was available to mobilize grassroots support for somebody," Robertson told The Associated Press in an interview. "I don't have any army right now. It's just an opinion, and that isn't quite as good as it used to be."

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Fifty years to the day after his first broadcast on Oct. 1, 1961, Robertson on Saturday recalled his network's humble beginnings in an address to a crowd gathered outside CBN's headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va.

"I came down here to buy a television station and I didn't even own a television set," he said.

Robertson said his first deposit in the network's corporate account was $3.

"You take what God has and you praise him for it," he said. "Now at the end of 50 years, I can look back, and I said it's all God."

Robertson's network now produces programming in dozens of languages across about 200 countries. Robertson ran as a Republican for president in 1988, and later channeled his supporters into the Christian Coalition. His last endorsement was of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the 2008 Republican primaries.

Over the years, Robertson has been criticized for various comments, most recently for suggesting that a man whose wife has Alzheimer's could get divorced to marry another woman. He later said he was "misunderstood" and thinks spouses should support each other during illnesses.

Comments

PTL!

It's about time this dangerous reconstructionist got out of politics and onto his own dose of Aricept. It used to be only politicians that used this dodge of claiming they said it right, we got it wrong. In other words, "What you thought you heard was not what you thought I meant." We "misunderstood?" Good bye, Pat.

I think that Pat Robertson should refrain from making any comments about anything. He seriously has a problem with foot in mouth disease and unless he can make a verifiable, scripture based comment, then he should keep his mouth shut. No political statements, no medical statements, no marital statements. Nothing! You have caused more damage in verbalizing your own personal feelings.

He needs to "bow out" of religious TV and religious leadership, too. I don't know if he going senile or what, but several of his latest remarks range from heretical, insensitive, and anti-biblical to outright mean. Someone should have given him the boot years ago. The dude is messed up.

Dear Pat,
I love you in Christ and thank you for for alot of good things you've done. But please be quiet now. Really.

Pat's teaching has been suspect for a long time. Very little difference between him ahd the Word of Faith teachers

Why in the world the photo resembles Alfred E. Neuman?


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