Add this morning’s market crash to the list of things Pat Robertson says are God’s punishment for abortion

The stock market opened this morning by dropping over 1000 points in a matter of seconds, recovering some of its losses as the day progressed. The market had previously been thought to be in a “correction,” with stocks falling later last week as the market was perceived to be generally overvalued.

Or, if you’re in the business of getting white conservatives’ jimmies up about literally anything bad that ever happens, it’s all Obama’s fault:

Or, if you’re in the business of getting Christian conservatives’ jimmies up about literally anything bad that ever happens, it’s also Obama’s fault. From Right Wing Watch:

Televangelist Pat Robertson responded to the dramatic market sell-off today by suggesting that it was only a foretaste of God’s judgment for legal abortion and federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Following a report on demonstrations against Planned Parenthood that took place this weekend, the “700 Club” host said that God is not pleased with the Obama administration’s position on Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, as made clear by today’s market slide…

…Earlier in the program, Robertson claimed that the market crash was prophesied by Jonathan Cahn, who believes that something bad will happen in late September as part of the biblical Shemittah cycle. Today’s market turmoil, according to Robertson, is a sign that conditions will only get worse next month.

Here’s the first part of the video:

Said Robertson:

Here in America, we have been complicit in terminating the lives in excess of 50 million unborn children, and don’t you think Almighty God is going to hold us accountable for that? We will pay dearly as a nation for this thing going on, and possibly, if we were to stop — stop all this slaughter — the judgment of God might be lifted from us. But it’s coming, ladies and gentlemen. We just had a little taste of it in terms of the financial system, but it’s going to get shaken to its core in the next few months, years or however long it takes.

And the second:

In this part, Robertson referred to Cahn’s prophesy, saying, “This thing is hitting with great force and if Cahn is right on that Shemittah we could be in for some really rough days in the markets,” before urging his viewers to buy gold. He then went on:

It looks like the writing about the Shemittah was right on the money, it’s starting to happen and the height of it will be the middle of September so we’re a month away from trouble…You don’t know where to go, there is no place to hide financially except in the Lord.

Robertson’s assertion is just the latest in a long line of Christian leaders (who are often named Pat Robertson) proclaiming that awful things are God’s punishment for completely unrelated expressions of civil rights. The list of things religious conservatives have blamed on abortion already included disabled childrenHurricane Katrina and the September 11th attacks. Pat Robertson has himself warned that same-sex marriage would lead to hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks, and “possibly a meteor.” He also said that the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was due to the country’s “pact with the devil” during their 1791 revolution.

I guess if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And it is a science FACT that if and when anything bad ever happens, Pat Robertson will pound that bad thing into the ground with absurd Biblical prophecies, blaming it on the gays and abortionists.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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20 Responses to “Add this morning’s market crash to the list of things Pat Robertson says are God’s punishment for abortion”

  1. Is this senile old fool referring to the god Ronald Reagan?

  2. Butch1 says:


  3. BeccaM says:

    Let’s just say this all kinda makes sense if one’s chosen deity is actually the one named Mammon.

  4. Number Six says:

    We allowed him to exist.

  5. Butch1 says:

    Allowing the “dim-witted” to live? ;-)

  6. Butch1 says:

    Let me get this straight; so “god” wants to punish the rich people by crashing the stock market as a punishment because a certain “poor” element of our population occasionally has abortions for private reasons and don’t even have money in the stock market in the first place?

    Pat’s mind works in strange ways to try and connect current events with his favorite subjects to protest.

  7. PattyJM says:

    Training an animal to do a trick involves getting the animal to associate behavior with reward or punishment.

    There is no connection between abortion in the United States and the Chinese stock market. There is also no connection to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or other natural disasters. So if god wanted to convey a message to humanity don’t you think he/she would somehow tie action to result?

  8. That’s funny. God told me the crash was because we’re not taxing and imprisoning lying televangelist frauds.

    Not entirely sure if it was God or John Oliver, but either way it makes more sense than that crazy old bigot.

  9. Indigo says:

    You can’t rebuild feudalism without peasants.

  10. Bill_Perdue says:

    The most recent market disruptions are just a sign of the general economic problems created by Democrat Bill Clinton, the worst president since Hoover, who elbowed NAFTA through
    Congress, did the same with the deregulation bills of 1999 (Financial
    Services Modernization Act of 1999) and 2000 Commodity
    Futures Modernization Act of 2000 gutted welfare and other social parachutes
    and hired 200,000 more cops and even managed to push DADT and DOMA through
    Congress in his spare time.

    Other federal ‘leaders’ like Carter and Reagan busted unions while Bush cut taxes on the rich and Obama went on a major union busting spree.

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  12. DoverBill says:

    But we have moved on to salt shakers?

  13. DoverBill says:

    Anybody ever wonder why those with a red phone to the Lord, never seem predict these events before they happen?

    Hoe idiotic do they think their adherents are?

    Oh, that’s right… they send him money.

    My bad!

  14. The_Fixer says:

    Well, we know that his followers claim that he can change on any whim. He’s a wily one, that god fella. Never know what he’s gonna do and how he’s gonna do it.

  15. The_Fixer says:

    Well, which is it, Pat? Is it abortions that will bring about the great financial downfall, or is it teh gays getting married?

    Pat must now be involved in gold speculation. He’s been active in the diamond market (to say the least), I would have thought that he would be pushing diamonds. Apparently, that wasn’t lucrative enough for him.

  16. eahopp says:

    Okay Pat. If abortion is declared illegal, and those 50 million unborn American children were to be born, are you willing to use your money to care for those 50 million unborn American children? Are you willing to feed them? Clothe them? Provide them with proper medical care? Housing? And educate them until they are legal adults? Are you, Pat?

  17. BeccaM says:

    Oh fer… Whatever happened to the Angry Sky Tyrant from the Old Testament? Today’s wuss of a deity mucks with investor confidence, currency exchange rates, and stock & bond markets? Whatever happened to good old fashioned smiting with lightning and pillars of fire?

    Unless those never happened either…

  18. Indigo says:

    A careful reading of ‘Laudato Si’ left me with the impression that benevolent and loving, kindly old Pope Frances has a similar idea stuck in his craw. You see, he explains that abortion is a moral offense much worse than the ecologically irresponsible behavior of people and nations. The two are tied together so closely in the pope’s thinking, that a moral continuum exists between them. It turns out that to be open to abortion is the worst of all possible violations of ecological concern. If that’s not how the “ecologically courageous” encyclical is tied together, then what is it about? And how does that differ from the on-going nonsense the Reverend Robertson stirs up for his television show?

  19. nicho says:

    I want to know what we did wrong to deserve Pat Robertson.

  20. JaneE says:

    50 million sounds like a lot, but per year it is not a lot compared to the total from guns, cars, starvation, and wars, all of which kill people who are already born, and about whom you and presumably your god care not one whit. Would you care to compare the number of medical abortions with the number of miscarriages? Not to mention all those “late” periods that may mean a zygote/embryo failed to even implant successfully. Your god kills the unborn too.

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