I often watch Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” just to see what his thinking is about events that come along.Â Every once in a whileÂ he providesÂ some a big surprises.
After the Haiti earthquake, he said it was punishment from God for some deal the Haitian people made with the Devil.Â It is obvious he believes there is an actual Satan and God and claims to knowÂ exactly what they are up to.Â He is not atÂ his best when he speaks about imaginary beings.
WhereÂ he is at his best is making money for himself by fitting his religious views neatly inside profitable enterprises.Â He is worth watchingÂ to learn where theseÂ opportunities are and how he must adjust his views to make them work.Â Â
All this is what makes his comments on the “700 Club” this week about marijuanaÂ so interesting.Â He said our prisons are full of young people who committed small infractions involving marijuana. They go into prisons asÂ ordinary young people and come out criminals.Â The prison sentences are notÂ slowing drug use, he noted.Â
He mentioned three times, as I recall,Â how expensive thisÂ prison solution is.Â The expense seemed to beÂ more important to him than the injustice of small crimes generating long sentences.Â
Robertson’s remarks and the repeal of DADT made this a good weekÂ for rational thinking.