Robertson Explains Remarks
Press, July 17, 2003
BEACH, Va.—Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Thursday he was
not talking about any particular Supreme Court justices when he asked his
television audience to pray that three liberal justices retire.
don’t care which three, I mean as long as the three conservatives stay
on,” Robertson said at a news conference at Regent University, which he
leads as president and chancellor. “There’s six liberals, so it’s up to
not telling God what to do,” he added. “I’m just saying, ‘Lord, help
as host of “The 700 Club” on his Christian Broadcasting Network, earlier
this month began the 21-day “Operation Supreme Court Freedom.” He is
asking people to pray to God to change the court after its 6-3 decision in
June that decriminalized sodomy.
said in a letter posted on CBN’s Web site that the ruling “has opened the
door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even
letter did not identify anyone, but appeared to refer to specific justices,
saying: “One justice is 83 years old, another has cancer, and another has a
heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of
these three judges that the time has come to retire?”
John Paul Stevens was born in 1920 and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had colon
cancer surgery in 1999.
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