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Robertson: Church-State Groups Fight Christians (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Televangelist Pat Robertson asserted on July 11 that organizations that support the separation of church and state only target Christians because these organizations, and the devil, know that's where the power is (video below).

According to RightWingWatch.org, Robertson was asked by viewer on "The 700 Club" why the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State supposedly don't fight any other religion besides Christianity.

Robertson replied:

The truth is they they understand Christianity is where the power is. The power doesn’t exist in Islam, the power doesn’t exist in Baha’i or some of these fringe religions. The don't fight against them, they do anything they want to. But they fight against Christianity because Christianity touches the souls of people and the devil regards Christianity as a threat; of course it is a threat because we’re going to overturn him and his kingdom.

Andrew L. Seidel, a staff attorney with FFRF, addressed this same assertion when it was made by Fox News contributor Todd Starnes in February, and noted on the group's Freethought Now blog:

Starnes ignores the complaint we filed against the Muslim college professor promoting his religion in the classroom. FFRF sent out a press release on this, complete with audio clips and PowerPoint slides, to Starnes’ Fox News buddies, but nobody at the network reported on it. (So we can turn around and ask a similar question of Starnes: Why didn’t you cover FFRF’s complaint?)

We have also protested a Buddhist shrine on public land in California. We have sent letters to the mayors of Philadelphia and Dallas for hosting Iftar events to honor Ramadan and, just this week, to public libraries that plan on closing for the Dalai Lama. FFRF Co-President Dan Barker has debated several Muslims.

Rob Boston of AU recalled a meeting that he had with Muslim leaders in 2012 regarding nations that officially adopt religions as the rule of law:

I said our belief is that, at a minimum, all governments must recognize that religious freedom is a fundamental human right. Even those nations that have a government-established faith must, I said, extend the right of conscience to members of minority groups and refrain from oppressing them. (Of course, I do want to see all nations adopt separation, but a long journey starts with a single step.)

Sources: RightWingWatch.org, Free Thought NowAmericans United for the Separation of Church and State / Photo credit: The 700 Club via YouTube

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