WASHINGTON — Pat Robertson called an activist for religious freedoms in the military a “little Jewish radical” while condemning the US Air Force for making “so help me God” an optional part of its oath.
“You got one little Jewish radical scaring the pants off you,” Robertson said September 18 in commentary on Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded.
“What is wrong with the Air Force, how can they fly the bombers to defend us if they cave to one little guy?” Robertson said.
Robertson referred to Mikey Weinstein. Weinstein, a former officer in the US Air Force Judge Advocate General, in 2006 founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation – misidentified by Robertson in his commentary as “People Against Religion” – to advocate against proselytizing in the military.
It was not Weinstein’s group, but the American Humanist Association, that had led advocacy on behalf of the airman who had sought to remove the oath in the news item cited by Robertson, Raw Story said in a report.
Weinstein delivered a response to The Friendly Atheist website: “Pat Robertson is to human dignity and sanity and integrity and character what dog s*** is to a fine French restaurant on the menu.”
Robertson’s comments came seven months after he said Jews are too busy “polishing diamonds” to do weekend chores.
Conservative activist Rabbi Daniel Lapin appeared on the “700 Club” in February with Robertson to discuss what makes Jews successful.
“What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns. That’s what Daniel Lapin says and there’s a very good reason for that, and it lies within the business secrets of the Bible,” Robertson said in introducing the rabbi.
Lapin was on the show to promote his book “Thou Shall Prosper,” which, according to his website, discusses “why Jews throughout the ages flourish economically,” and “how you can benefit from this Jewish wisdom.”
“When you correctly said in Jewish neighborhoods you do not find Jews lying under their cars on Sunday afternoons, no, I pay one of the best mechanics around to take care of my BMW, I’d be crazy to take my time doing it myself,” Lapin said during the interview.
Robertson followed Lapin’s explanation with the remark that Jews were polishing diamonds instead of fixing their cars.