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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Pat Robertson -- Slightly to the Left of George Bush

Sarah Vowell Applauds Pat Robertson in the New York Times!! And justifiably so.

[W]hen I spotted Robertson in a lineup of celebrities including Brad Pitt, Bono, George Clooney and the also-never-boring Dennis Hopper, I was delighted to see him. He was in the One Campaign's television ad asking for help in the crusade against poverty, starvation and AIDS in Africa and elsewhere.

In the commercial, Robertson says, "Americans have an unprecedented opportunity," and then Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, of all people, finishes his sentence, concluding that "we can make history."

On a recent "Nightline," Robertson showed up with his new best friend, Clooney. When asked if his group Operation Blessing would promote "the responsible use of condoms" along with abstinence in its AIDS education program in Africa, Robertson answered, "Absolutely." Pat Robertson!

"I just don't think we can close our eyes to human nature," he continued, adding that with regard to teaching proper condom use, "you have to do that, given the magnitude." [emphasis added] I could have hugged him.

Me too, seriously. How sad is it when the same man who considers most of what ill befalls this nation to be retribution for the "sin" of homosexuality is more able to see the writing on the wall than the administration that claims to be the voice of the mainstream of American society.

Seriously. Just sit and think about it. If you need any guidance, read the balance of Vowell's excellent column.


Blogger Rob said...

Ok, that's amazing.

You know, occasionally, even these guys get it right. [Insert trite stopped clock reference]

1:13 PM  
Blogger brian said...

And here's an interesting article about the "ABC" method (Abstinence, Be faithful, use a Condom) used with much success by the Ugandan government. I think while many non-religious groups may still reject the message of the program (the A and B), and religious groups (especially the RCs) won't like the C, you can't argue with the results.

2:17 PM  

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