The resolution is full of the “whereases” and flowery language that are common in this type of thing. It lauds Robertson’s creation of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Regent University, the American Center for Law and Justice and the Christian Coalition.
The resolution celebrates Robertson as “a compelling and compassionate spiritual leader” who is “devoted to his family, his viewers who are his extended family, his community and the Commonwealth.” It expresses the legislature’s “gratitude for his steadfast service to his fellow citizens and best wishes for a joyful birthday celebration.”
Unfortunately, there are a number of things the legislature left out in this resolution. Had they added them, the document might have been less cloying and more interesting. I wish they had consulted me, because I wrote a book about Robertson in 1996 titled The Most Dangerous Man in America?: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition and have continued to monitor his career since then. I believe I could have spiced things up.
I would have added a dose of reality to the resolution like this:
-- Whereas Robertson in 1990 said of homosexuality, “It is a sickness, and it needs to be treated” and added, “Many of those people involved with Adolf Hitler were Satanists; many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together”;
-- Whereas in 1991 Robertson said,
-- Whereas Robertson wrote in a 1992 fund-raising letter,
-- Whereas in 1995 Robertson said,
-- Whereas in 1998 Robertson said,
-- Whereas in 1998 Robertson warned the city of Orlando not to fly rainbow flags from light poles, noting,
-- Whereas in 2001 Robertson responded to the Sept. 11 attacks by saying,
-- Whereas in 2003, Robertson called for lobbing “a very small nuke” at the U.S. State Department;
-- Whereas in 2005 Robertson told ABC News that federal judges pose a
-- Whereas in October of 2009 Robertson’s CBN Web site warned Halloween trick-or-treaters that most
-- Whereas in January of 2010 Robertson said the devastating earthquake in Haiti was due to the fact that the country “swore a pact to the devil”;
I would have made some other changes as well. For example, instead of lauding Robertson in the resolution, I would have condemned him as an intolerant, bigoted and dangerous extremist and called for all right-thinking Americans to reject his views.
But like I said, they didn’t ask me.