An unmarried pregnant woman called into Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club on Tuesday asking if she should move in with her boyfriend so the couple could raise their coming baby together.
Robertson’s response did not surprise Friendly Atheist, but it was disappointing nonetheless.
The televangelist told the woman she absolutely should not move in with her boyfriend, as cohabitation is a bad idea — and then he added some extra terrible advice.
“You know… the old saying is “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” he began. “Here is the deal: If you don’t like what is going on, you can always kind of say, ‘I’m leaving, good-bye.’ But if you get married, and then you get divorced, all of a sudden, it is a totally different scenario.”
Robertson then went on to disparage the couple, saying they could not afford to care for the child, despite having no context for which to make that judgment.
“You don’t have a job that is adequate,” he assumed. “Your boyfriend doesn’t. You made a mistake.”
Then came the kicker: “Why don’t you get some adoption agency to take the baby, and you two go your separate ways?”
This Christian pastor suggested to a pregnant woman — whose boyfriend was ostensibly interested in staying together to raise their child — that because they are unmarried, they should break up and give away their baby.
And Robertson wasn’t finished.
“You know, you want to move in together, well, ‘My boyfriend and I are pregnant.’ He’s not pregnant. You’re pregnant, you know? It’s your terminology that’s screwed up. But hey, two wrongs don’t make a right. And I don’t know how old you are, but you sound like you’re just a youngster. And you’re not capable of getting into marriage. You’re not capable of raising a child. You don’t have the time or the patience… And all of a sudden, when the pressures of marriage and motherhood come upon you, you won’t be able to handle it.”
So many assumptions, so little time.
Friendly Atheist noted that Robertson’s take on the woman’s situation is particularly disappointing given his own decisions — or shall we say, “mistakes” — in years gone by:
That advice is especially interesting coming from Robertson, whose girlfriend was — wait for it — pregnant with their child months before they got married. It became a scandal in 1987, as Robertson was running for president, when journalists discovered that his stated date of marriage was actually five months earlier than legal documents said it was. In other words, he lied about when he got married to hide the out-of-wedlock child.