What if I Put Holy Water in During the Rinse Cycle?

Robertson encourages exorcising demons from second-hand clothing

I love this man.  I could kiss him on the lips.

Well, no, not really.  If it came right down to it, I’d probably just give him a firm handshake and a gift certificate to IHOP.  He has the gift of being way too crazy for most people to take seriously, yet just crazy enough to still have a television show and represent how paranoid and loony Christianity can get in this great country of ours.

Plus, he gives out free laundry advice!

“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits, and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items,” viewer Carrie asked.

Now, he could have put her mind at ease by just laughing it off, telling her that she doesn’t need to worry about demons, but to maybe make a few donations to Goodwill herself when she gets back on her feet.  You know … pay it forward … that kind of thing.  Hell, his reaction even suggests that even he thinks it’s a little much.  Instead of following through on it, he plays this weird kind of middle ground by stepping back far enough behind Carrie’s position to avoid ridiculing her, but not so far as to dismiss the entire idea … thus retaining the good will (no pun intended) of the majority of his viewing audience.

“The answer is yes, but I don’t think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it,” Robertson said. “In a sense your mother is just being super cautious, so hey, it isn’t going hurt you any to rebuke any spirits that might attach themselves to those clothes.”

In a way, he’s right … it’s not exactly going to hurt her to dump her newly acquired cardigans and pullovers in to pile in the middle of the room, open her bible, light some candles, and scream at them for a while until she thinks the monsters decide to infest someone with different fashion sense.

She will, however, look and sound like a bit of a loon shouting at her clothes for no reason.  Again, it may not immediately harm her, but it’s reinforcing a way of thinking that provides an excuse to act completely irrational.  He had a chance to say what he felt (and again, I think even he thought it was a little much), but squandered it.  Here’s the video if you want to watch firsthand.

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One Response to What if I Put Holy Water in During the Rinse Cycle?

  1. BeyondRedemption.... says:

    From another blog I frequent….Johnathan Turley, has come up with the perfect description for people like Pat Robertson. ”Religiously Unhinged”…. I myself prefer to call Pat Robertson, ”A cruel Joke” on the people who watch & pay any attention to him

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