Sign of the Apocalpyse
Televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday.
"It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said during a news conference with Giuliani in Washington.
The former New York mayor backs abortion rights and gay rights, positions that put him in conflict with conservative GOP orthodoxy, and has been trying to persuade evangelical conservatives like Robertson to overlook their differences on those issues.
Regardless of whether you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever, this is bizarre. This is Rudy Giuliani who, for all his possible strengths, supports abortion rights, gay rights, and is married to his third wife. And this is Pat Robertson, who came within a hair of blaming gays and abortionists for 9/11. 9/11: the same event that brought Giuliani to prominence and showed him to be a viable candidate for President.
In defending his choice, Robertson said that the most important issue in this campaign is Fundamentalist Islam, and this is why he supports Rudy. Not poverty, not the stewardship of the environment, not freedom for slaves and the oppressed, not AIDS, not war, not materialism, not violence. Not any of the things that Jesus spoke about. And, instead, he supports the one Republican who shares the views of typical liberals on the so-called "values issues."
So, what does it mean? It means that Robertson does not represent Gospel values. He represents a certain form of neo-conservatism, I suppose. But, as a Christian, he certainly does not speak for me. Not even close.