Radical cleric Pat Robertson makes a convincing case against men serving in combat, or any position of responsibility:
Robertson excused CIA Director Petraeus for the extramarital affair with his biographer, Broadwell, on Monday’s episode of “The 700 Club,” the flagship program of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“Who knows?” he said. “The man’s off in a foreign land and he’s lonely and here’s a good looking lady throwing herself at him. I mean, he’s a man.”
According to Robertson, men lose all powers of rational thought and ethical decision-making when confronted with a good looking woman who runs Iron Man Triathalons.
If Robertson is correct, men should be kept at home, under careful supervision, lest unscrupulous females prey on their masculine frailty.
Go, follow the link. The rest is just as good. I absolutely love this interpretation of Robertson’s (amazingly stupid) remarks.
Now for the serious bit. This “boys will be boys” bullshit should not fly. It should not ever have sufficed and it should not now. It is abhorrent, for example, that an NFL quarterback who abuses and rapes women should get a smirk and a wink while another NFL quarterback does jail time for mistreating animals. We seem to allow this glorious tradition of believing that military guys on leave — or our sporting gladiators like those mentioned above — have always gone out on the town drinking and wenching, and always will. How has this ever been okay?
The brand of misogyny that Robertson subscribes to has been a sick thread in the great tapestry of Christendom. It’s the same brand that says the Magdalene was a whore, that early-church Junia must be a man, that Mary was never allowed to have sex. It’s the same brand that flourished in the Dark Ages, when all women were suspect purely because they were women, when many were burned at the stake because they were women who bucked authority.
It’s about damned time that this brand of misogyny die out. Jesus didn’t say “Love your male neighbor” or “Pray for your enemy, as long as it’s a dude, because chick enemies should be tortured and killed.” No. Jesus told us to love everydamnedbody. Everybody. Everybody everywhere. He gave us two rules: (1) Love me. (2) Love everybody else. Everybody includes women. And loving means you don’t excuse half the population from any crimes they may perpetrate on the other half. Because boys may be boys, but men need to grow up.
Pat Robertson, Undercover Nun is praying for your immortal soul. As ever.