One of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club viewers sent him a difficult and uncomfortable question:
“While I understand the reason God told King Saul in 1 Samuel 15:3 to slay the Amalekites, how do I explain it to those who see it the same as the Quran teaching to “behead in the battlefield?”
Robertson tackled the question in his usual manner: by pretending that they are somehow different. “How can you say it’s not like the other? The other is sort of in the name of Allah,” replied Robertson, apparently unaware that “God” and “Allah” are the same person, told his viewer.
Robertson excused God’s suggestion because:
“these people were totally given over to uh, idol worship and to things that would destroy them all and take them away from God. And so God knew that he had to get them out of the presence of Israel or Israel would be seduced by their practices. So, that was the reason.”
Robertson’s answer shed light on conservative “Christian” Republicans’ viewpoint that if one worships something besides White Jesus and their demented version of their chosen deity — they must be destroyed.
He continued, explaining that the kill orders are not the same because:
“the other is sort of in the name of Allah, which is simply another name for the same god.”
He then further excused the massacre of the Amalekites with the familiar ‘Well, it’s the Old Testament’ argument often utilized when one wishes to offhandedly dismiss the horrors contained in the Bible…unless, of course, we’re talking about certain verses in Leviticus (which supposedly provides excuses to treat gay people horribly). Those are fine because they support the narrative that a peaceful, loving god openly hates people because of what body parts they prefer.