- Great Barrington, MA -- In a recent pronouncement,
television evangelist and head of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson,
advocated death by stoning for UFO enthusiasts.
- Freedom Writer magazine, in its July/August
issue, mailed today, disclosed Robertson's statement. Freedom Writer is
published by the Institute for First Amendment Studies, a group that monitors
- Robertson used the news of the July 4th
Mars landing to promote his extreme beliefs. A segment on the July 8, 1997
broadcast of The 700 Club featured news of the Mars Pathfinder mission.
Employing the historical event as a starting point, the program delved
into the possibility of the existence of UFOs and space aliens.
- While Robertson viewed the space program
with suspicion, on a more serious note, he launched into a diatribe against
those who entertain the existence of space aliens and UFOs. He said, in
a rambling discourse, that if such things exist, they are simply demons
trying to lead people away from Christ. According to Robertson, the threat
is so serious that people who believe in space aliens should be put to
death by stoning -- according to "God's word."
- "The Bible says the Earth belongs
to man, but the heavens belong to the Lord," Robertson said.
- "He has given us the Earth. He also
warned, way back when Moses was writing down not only what is the Ten Commandments,
but Deuteronomy, which is almost the Second Law.
- "Here is what he said to the children
of Israel about this whole matter:
- "'If there is found among you, within
any of your gates which the Lord your God gives you, a man or a woman who
has been wicked in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing His
covenant, who has gone and served other gods and worshipped them, either
the sun or moon or any of the hosts of heaven which I have not commanded
you, and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is
indeed true and certain that such an abomination has been committed in
Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has
committed that wicked thing, and stone to death that man or woman with
stones.'" (Deuteronomy 17:2-5, NKJV)
- "Now, that's what Moses said to
the children of Israel about those who worship the sun and the moon and
the hosts of heaven, because these things, at best, are lifeless nothings,
or, if they are intelligent, they're demonic. And, yes, there is a host
of heaven. There are angels and there are fallen angels. There is no question
- "Can a demon appear as a slanty-eyed,
funny-looking creature? Of course he can, or it can. Of course they can
deceive people. And if they can lead somebody away from the true God, or
away from Jesus Christ, anyway it happens, it doesn't matter, you will
lose your salvation. It doesn't matter how they get you. The question is,
did they get you, and under what guise?
- "This is man in rebellion against
God, who refuses to take God's Law. And God says, 'My covenant says you
won't do this. And if I find anybody in Israel,'-- "which is his pure
nation" -- 'If I find anybody in Israel that's doing this sort of
thing, then I want you to take him out and dispose of him."
- "It's a clear violation of God's
- Skipp Porteous, Freedom Writer publisher,
commented: "As the founder and chairman of the Christian Coalition
-- a group dedicated to becoming the most powerful political force in America
-- Robertson's extreme ideas need to be taken seriously, for they not only
negate pluralism, but condemn to death those who dare to believe differently."