Thursday, May 20, 2010

Open letter to Mr. Pat Robertson

Dear Mr. Robertson,
On your segment today, you played a beautiful clip from the Christian Alliance for Orphans meeting. CBN chose to represent the event well, playing testimonies regarding Christians and the growing wave of awareness for adoption, care for widows and orphans, and how those who He has called to this - He will not leave them without support in this.

The reporting was beautiful.

Then you spoke.

You should have left it as it was. Instead, at the very onset of the segment you insulted Terri with the typical big family jabs. After the segment, you compared adoption of children to the ability to drop pets off at the pound. Yes, we know adoption is forever. God started it. It was HIS idea... not ours. He doesn't drop us off at the pound, even when we deserve a BIG time out for our actions OR WORDS.

At the end of your uneducated spiel was the warning - "count the cost". You seriously think adoption can be a wonderful thing "if you get the right kids"? Does God only adopt the easy ones? Last time I checked... he chooses the Moses', the Abram's, the Saul's, the prostitutes, the unclean, the sick, the cursed, and the unloved. Those are HIS chosen ones. He chooses the Chrissy's and the Pat's of the world. He doesn't accept us for a while, then drop us off at the "pound" as you call it.

Mr. Robertson, for all the families out there trying desperately to get their children home, those struggling through the first few weeks or months or years, those fundraising, down sizing, filling out stacks of paperwork, waiting on governments, flying around the world, praying on their knees for their kids... I humbly ask you to review your own words... and issue an apology. Not to me, not to the adoptive parents CBN interviewed, not to the non-profits who work tirelessly to help the families in process, not to the people who have given selflessly to help us bring our babies home.... issue an apology to the children. They are the ones you just offended. They are the ones who should be saddened by your words. You compared them to unwanted pets. Perhaps the logical conclusion would be to spay or neuter entire people groups? You said families should be cautioned not to adopt from areas where children may have "demonic influences". You cautioned families from adopting because children may have been "brain damaged as a child". I will refrain from obvious parallels, but simply say...

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountainsbut have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient.
Love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
LOVE never fails.
1 Corinthians 13

Link to the segment that ticked me off: Christian Alliance Blog post


  1. Amen, Chrissy! I watched that clip this afternoon, and his words really bothered me also. I'm glad you've addressed this.

    Mary Beth

  2. Well said! I refuse to watch anything of his so I hadn't heard this. I think you should send it to him.

  3. Yay, so glad you posted on this. I watched it too and planned to write a blog post about it as well. I haven't been keeping up with my blog as well as I used to, but I'm going to try and finish it. My thoughts echo yours!

  4. This was perfect. Thank you.

  5. I just posted about this and wow- is mine no where as nice as yours was. Well said

  6. They really need to take him off the air. He's confused, insensitive, careless and acts like the poster child for DEMENTIA!


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