By Gyasi Ross
But his viewpoint is not original. My mom tells me of when she began to be interested in going to church, when I was a teenager. She tells me about how she quickly stopped being interested in those churches because she found the same ignorance and judgment in nearly all of them. “Pow-wows are evil.” “Native ceremonies are witchcraft.”
This stuff isn’t new.
And what happens is that, because Marion/Pat Robertson is corny and cannot understand that people of color are perfectly capable of amazing things without the assistance of white people, Marion/Pat Robertson and people like him demonize what they do not understand. It’s not just him, by the way–there are a lot of people, Christians and otherwise, who do that. But a WHOLE bunch of them are the “ol’ time” Christians who haven’t figured out that the world is not flat anymore.
Note: Robertson's given name is Marion, not Pat. He presumably calls himself "Pat" because Marion is a name for girls and other sissies, not a white male Christian American who considers himself God's crowning achievement.
For more on Pat Robertson, see Targeting Born-Again Christians and Navajo Nation on 700 Club. For more on conservative Christian bigotry, see Jack Chick's Crazy Wolf and The Evidence for Teabagger Racism. For more on Native religion, see "Primitive" Indian Religion and Hercules vs. Coyote: Native and Euro-American Beliefs.