This is people saying what they really truly think. (Although I think even Pat Robertson isn’t fully on board with Kristi Watts’ chain of “logical” argument, here.)
Transcript: 700 Club, presenters Pat Robertson and Kristi Watt’
PR: Atheists don’t believe in ANYTHING. I mean, a theo means “no God”, they have no Gods, so they don’t have anything, so they don’t believe in anything. But they can protest, somebody who believes in SOMETHING. I mean, isn’t this a strange thing, that we would allow somebody who doesn’t believe in anything to restrict the freedom of those who do? It makes no sense! Sooner or later we’re going to wake up, but I think maybe we are…but our hats are off to the forest service, this is just one minor little skirmish, but these atheists, they’re just enormously creative in figuring out things they can do that give us trouble. Kristi,…
KR [interrupting]: You know what I just thought of, Pat?
PR: What’s that?
KW: You know you’ve got different kinds of, well, let’s call them religions…there’s one called Wicca, and they’re all about the environment, right? So, their religion that believes in the environment, and they believe that trees are their god, why are these atheists not saying that we should cut down every tree? Because it’s offensive. [holds out hand towards PR} Do you know what I mean?
PR: Yes [Ed: he sounds a bit unconcertain, actually]
KW: [puts her hand on PR’s arm] It’s the same mentality!
PR: Oh, absolutely.
PR: Absolutely. OK.
KW: [dramatic shrug] Just a thought.
Yep, supposedly atheists don’t believe in ANYTHING except hating on religion, and this means that we really should be out cutting down every single tree anywhere because Wiccans worship them. Better get all the other plants as well, because who knows – one of those little seedlings might become a tree one day!
Sadly, I’m not sure Watts even knows that trees provide oxygen that keeps people alive, which is the major reason that atheists wouldn’t chop them all down even if it was Pat Robertson who was worshipping them. We need them, and besides, the Wiccans are harmless – I don’t see any Wiccan sects trying to gain political power over my freedoms.
I don’t hate religious people. Most religious people are just trying to get through life a day at a time like everybody else and trying their best to make sense of it all. Religion as a matter of personal belief doesn’t bother me one little bit.
But people like Pat Robertson (who didn’t say the wacky stuff above, he just said that people without belief basically don’t deserve any civil rights, which isn’t funny at all) – people like him don’t want religious faith kept just as a matter of personal belief. They want Dominion over the law of the land and the right to scourge those they deem unrighteous in the name of their God. The 700 Club, and all those people who donate tens of millions of dollars to Robertson’s ministry of hate, year after year after year? They scare the shit out of me, truly.