Virginia Beach, Virginia — Throughout history, from Biblical times until this day, every extremist movement has attempted to annihilate its enemies. Are the Bible-believing adherents of the Radical Religious Right any different? Where does Pat Robertson, for instance, founder and president of the Christian Coalition, stand on exterminating "the enemies of God"? The Bible's Book of Numbers, chapter 31, provides an account of the destruction of the Midianites in Palestine by the ancient tribes of Israel, whose leaders claimed to act up on God's orders. A scarce few attempt to find any justification whatsoever in acts of genocide. Even when the world united against the Third Reich, the goal was to simply stop Hitler, not wipe out the entire German people.
Robertson made his position clear on "The 700 Club" television program of May 6, 1985.
"The wars of extermination have given a lot of people trouble unless they know what was going on. The people in the land of Palestine were very wicked. They were given over to idolatry; they sacrificed their children; they had all kinds of abominable sex practices; they were having sex, apparently, with animals; they were having sex men with men, and women with women; they were committing adultery, fornication; they were worshipping idols, offering their children up; and they were forsaking God.
"God told the Israelites to kill them all — men, women and children, to destroy them. And that seems to be a terrible thing to do. Is it? Or isn't it?
"Well, let us assume there were 2,000 of them, or 10,000 of them living in the land, or whatever number there was of them. I don't have the exact number. Pick a number. God said, 'Kill them all.'
"Well, that would seem hard, wouldn't it? That would be 10,000 people who would probably go to Hell. But, if they stayed and reproduced, in 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 or 100 more years, they could conceivably be — 10,000 would go to a 100,000 — 100,000 could conceivably go to a million. And then, there would be a million people who would have to spend eternity in Hell! And it's far more merciful to take away a few than to see in the future a 100 years down the road, and say, 'Well, I have to take away a million people that would forever be apart from God,' because the abomination was there like a contagium. God saw that there was no cure for it. It wasn't going to change; their hearts weren't going to change; and all they would do is cause trouble for the Israelites, and pull the Israelites away from God, and prevent the truth of God from reaching the Earth.
"So, God, in love, took away a small number that he might not have to take away a large number."
If this is Robertson's view of God's love, one wonders what he thinks about others who err to a lesser degree.