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Pat Robertson Shrugs Off Petraeus Affair: ‘He’s A Man’ [Video]

Pat Robertson shares opinions on Petraeus affair

Television evangelist Pat Robertson shared his perspective on the General David Petraeus resignation and affair but seemingly shrugged off the controversy. “He’s a man,” Robertson reasoned.

Last week, General David Petraeus resigned from his post as director of the CIA, citing an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. On The 700 Club, the flagship evangelistic television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network, long-time host Pat Robertson seemingly excused the Pertraeus affair, attempting to rationalize the general’s motives behind cheating on his wife of nearly 40 years, Holly Petraeus.

Despite adultery being a highly grievous sin in Christianity, Robertson seemed to excuse and attempt to rationalize the general’s infidelity.

In Robertson’s own words, he said:

“She [Broadwell] is an extremely good-looking woman, she is a marathon runner, […] she’s running with him [Petraeus] and she’s writing a biography. I think the term is ‘propinquity,’ and there was a lot of propinquity going on [laughs]. I mean, who knows? The man’s off in a foreign land, and he’s lonely, and here’s a good-looking lady throwing herself at him. I mean, he’s a man.”

Merriam-Webster defines “propinquity” as “nearness in place or time,” and a fancy new vocabulary word is literally the only valuable thing you’ll get out of Pat Robertson’s perspective on the Petraeus affair.

And now, a few passages from the Bible on the subject of adultery:

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

“But he that is an adulterer, for the folly of his heart shall destroy his own soul.” (Proverbs 6:32)

“You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

Just a little reminder for you, Pat. Thanks for the new vocabulary word!

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76 Responses to “Pat Robertson Shrugs Off Petraeus Affair: ‘He’s A Man’ [Video]”

  1. Margie Kale Pearson

    He's a man right Pat? So much for him obeying and you preaching the Ten Commandments. You are a hypocrit and have been for years. But out!

  2. Debrah L Ward-Alsobrook

    Are you kidding me? Oh well, what would one expect from one of the biggest hypocrits on the face of the earth. I am not a liberal or a democrat, but maybe someone should lookup what he said when Clinton was found to be not so faithul. Pat, it's time for you to close your mouth and fade away.

  3. Sandie Corona

    He didn't say it was "okay. He just told how it probably happened, and he is probably right. Everyone already knows it is a sin, does he need to spell it out? Gosh, people are so critical and silly….

  4. Anonymous

    I remember when it came to Bill Clinton in the 90's, Robertson did not write it off near as lightly. Clinton was Satan incarnate and I remember all of Robertson's condemnations very distinctly. In Robertson's world the 10 Commandments only apply to liberals.

  5. Brian V. Sitterley

    We should never even appear to excuse adultery, but it is a reality that military people are really prone to this sort of thing. If we get too picky we might not have enough top brass. But for prominent people, military, clergy, politicians, you can end up in very embarrassing situations spread to all the world to comment on.

  6. Jeffrey Smith

    I really doubt that Pat Robertson knows the true meaning of Christianity and what is really means to be a committed Christian. I am not judging–that is up to God, but from some of the things he says and does, it really shows that he is not a Biblical scholar by a long shot.

  7. Rob Harrison

    How about a few passages from the Bible concerning salvation and homosexuality while you're at it. I'll help you start with Romans chapter 1. Pat didn't say anything that's not true. He is a man and she is a decent looking woman. He fell for temptation. He did not say the man did not sin. He simply did not see the need to go off into it and I don't fault him for that. This is a mess, leave it to the FBI, the CIA, the president, to sort it out.

  8. Rob Harrison

    Left wingers judging someone? Can you believe it, the people who preach don't judge the most JUDGING, lol. Talk about hypocrites! By what authority do you people judge? I know by what authority judging is allowed.

  9. Jeff Allen

    I'm surprised Pat Robertson didn't blame the General's infidelity on on "liberal America", the "liberal-based media" and "homosexuals", since he believes we are out to destroy the Christians. I believe the Christians are doing a good enough job destroying themselves on their own without anyone else helping. Just read the Commandments to see their faults:
    1. You shall have no other gods before me. *Food, Alcohol, Drugs, House, Car, Boat, Sports…*.
    2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image. *Been in a catholic church – bow to this & that, pray to this & that…*.
    3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. *Just listen to Christians outside of church*.
    4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. *In God we trust… now shut-up the game is on!*.
    5.Honor your father and your mother. *Is forgetting them in a nursing home what He had in mind?*.
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – READ THE REST YOURSELF… you'll see that not one of them is a shining example of CHRIST>.

  10. Colline Mlrabitur

    What would he have said if it was a female or worse still, a democrat caught in the same situation? Pat Robertson is a sad example of the kind of man God would smile on.

  11. Carol Burley Kirk

    I honestly believe that Pat's mind is getting bad because he use to would never say things like he is saying now.

  12. Ricky Rogers

    Pat Robertson and Billy Graham support of Mitt Romney showed their true colors. People who put their faith in these two hopefully learned a thing about trusting men over Christ.

  13. David Clingerman

    If the general's affair had been with another man, Robertson would have been all over it……what a hypocrit……Maybe he is setting the stage for him getting caught having an affair himself…….He already thinks he has a red phone on his nightstand that goes directly to God..

  14. Jill Alden

    Yep! He's a Man! That make s all the difference in the world. Hypocrit!

  15. Michael Cobb

    For once, I don't think Pat said something all that stupid. He wasn't excusing the general's actions, but was saying that they weren't all that shocking or surprising. In my mind, Pat is being sympathetic, showing mercy. And if someone else had said this, it wouldn't be news at all.

  16. Clae Brewer

    Im not defending, but if you know Christians should do the right thing and take after the examples of Jesus Christ and that is the right thing to do, then why arent you doing it if in fact you know Jesus is the way and the right life to live in Him abstaining from any life style of perversion? Im asking not rebutting. Thank you.

  17. Ann Kennedy

    This is not uncommon in churches and denominations that are uber-patriarchal. They tend towards misogynistic attitudes when it comes to this stuff. Notice how he claimed the woman threw herself at Petraeus. It's sadly typical of many (but certainly not all) evangelicals.

  18. Anonymous

    Clae Brewer Please remember, Christians, like every other group, are not alike.That being said, there are many that practice their beliefs and some that don't. Please keep that in mind.

  19. Jeff Allen

    Well Clae Brewer, I believe the best response to your inquiry is to say, it appears you have placed yourself in the seat of judgement by making the statement that a lifestyle is perverse. I believe my lifestyle, as you put it, is not perverse, nor do I believe Jesus condemns me for loving and being loved. Your beliefs are man-made and preached by man from several condemning pulpits and then spread as Gospel by blind sheep that spew forth this hatred, condemnation, ridicule and judgement.

  20. Joseph Cinquemani

    What really stinks is 1) The timing of the release after the election. 2) The FBI investigation of the cat fight emails. 3) The media coverage which is purposely distracting peoples attention away from Benghazigate.

  21. Brian AndDenise Keele

    Robertson is turning into a three ring circus because you never know which clown he is going to be next. It seems like at least once a week he is opening his mouth and inserting his foot. I would love to be one of his spokesmen or lawyers, because they must make a ton of $$ doing damage control for him.

  22. Anonymous

    First Pat says legalizing marijuana is a good idea, now this. I'm starting to like this guy more and more!

  23. Lin Frank

    Pat used to be respected. Those days are long gone. He's put his foot in his mouth way too many time. Oh, well, he's only a man.

  24. Ed Finley

    Jesus said also."Let He Who is without sin cast the first stone!" Looks like we have a few sinless folks here. All I hear Pat Robertson saying is,"The man made a mistake, He was in a vulnerable situation." Does that make it OK! Certainly not, but The man has admitted his mistake, now it is between him and his wife and The Lord, as to whether he is repentent! Not a bunch of you hypocrites!

  25. David Woods

    Well, had Robertson said everything in the Bible about it, the same critics would have said he was a RIght wing nut job. So with that said, it is important that Robertson is a MAN too. hmmmm.

  26. Austin Wade Soulone

    Pat only goes bat crap crazy on the gays, and preaches ( if you can call it that ) that gay marriage will destroy marriage, from what I can see, he is just a dried up NUT BAG, who will die soon, the sooner the better as far as I am concerned, and you can save your negative responses, because you have mistaken me for some who gives a crap about anything good you have to say about Pat (puss bucket) Robertson.

  27. Clae Brewer

    mellowdee4 Mellowdee, true. And that is what I was trying to extract from the comment. But You either live for Christ and are called a Christian or you call yourself a Christian living like the devil. My Point is this If you understand the rules of the faith walk of a believer shouldnt the rules apply to you as well having grasp the truth of Gods Word? 2 Peter 2:21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

  28. Austin Wade Soulone

    Speak for your self repugthug, we dont preach dont judge, we preach your a bigot, can you see the difference,
    now I know your still upset about the election, go find a pacifier, get your diaper changed and take a nap your spewing crap.

  29. Matthew Sidwell

    This day in age and there are still people who really believe in shit like Noahs ark and the Charleton Heston version of Moses and the ten commandments. Facepalm

  30. Kenny Gardner

    have you seen the general's wife…i thought it was his mother or grandmother no wonder he went with her…what else do you expect christian men to do.

  31. Jeff Allen

    Thank you Paul … sorry for the misunderstanding and the curt remark!! :)

  32. Jeff Allen

    mellowdee4 – Sorry that Clae Brewer felt it easier to turn on you than it was to address my logic and knowledge of the Word of God.

  33. Patricia Reason

    I kinda took that as Robertson acknowledging Petraeus's human frailty and the vulnerable position he was in. That's not an excuse, by any means; it is an explanation of how such things can happen. Regardless, it wasn't a very intelligent, thoughful remark/assessment.

  34. Anonymous

    This is the same pinhead that said the 9/11/2001 attacks were God's vengeance on the U.S. for being accepting of homosexuality. But, now adultery is okay! Great news! Apparently, God doesn't like sex outside of marriage only if it is with someone of the same gender! I'm no fan of homosexuality, but I REALLY hate hypocrisy.

  35. Jerry Hongoltz

    I thought Pat was dead…he look's like he's dead , and he talks like he's brain dead…. "/

  36. Duane Iwasbornachampion Smiley

    Here is a quote from a Sept 20, 1998 article in the Los Angeles Times Congress should impeach Bill Clinton because resignation is too good for a president who "mocked, demeaned, belittled and lied" to America, Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson said Friday.

    "While resignation might be easier for America, it's not best for America," Robertson told 3,000 religious activists. Some waved signs that read, "Impeach Clinton."

    In scolding tones, Robertson opened the two-day Christian Coalition conference by accusing Clinton of turning the Oval Office into a "playpen for the sexual freedom of the poster child of the 1960s." He also called Clinton a "debauched, debased and defamed" leader.

    In words of warning to Republicans who might be tempted to move cautiously toward impeachment, he criticized politicians who "are sitting in foxholes of political safety, surrounding themselves in polls and commentaries."

  37. Grace Mbugua

    I would first like to address Jeff Allen and tell him that Jesus loves him so much as he (Jeff) probably already knows. What He hates is the sin (homosexuallity and others) and the Bible is quite clear on that. It is not debatable. (1 Cor. 6:9-10) So please Jeff stop seeing it as if someone is judging you or anyone else who practices what you do – it is the Bible that says no homosexual will inherit the kingdom of God. so please stop the defence and seek God to remove you from this bondage that seems right to you yet it is eternal death in the end. Secondly I would like to address everyone else who is critisizing Pat Robertson. Two things – one – he is a man like any other and can or could say things that dont always add up. Two – Look at Aaron, Miriam and Moses for example. Aaron and Miriam critisized Moses and God was at their necks (Miriam's neck) because we see only her being punished and not Aaron. Is God partial? Does He have favourites? No No No. His word is clear. "Touch not my annointed". Aaron was annointed by God to be Moses' spokesman. So to all of you critics I say – leave Pat alone. If God annointed him, the annointing will protect him while all of you get the backlush from God for critisizing him (Pat). Unfortunately we dont always realize we are being beaten by God for what we have done or said. We only think it is life. Think on these lines.

  38. Krista Wendy

    Clae…I understand all the rules of Christianity. I use to be one. Pat Robertson is a hypocrite. That's all i ever encountered in the church really. Glad I left! One can quote why Pat Robertson's wrong based on his own so called Christian faith without having to believe it themselves. The point is Pat Robertson claims to believe it. This is the same man who condoned someone leaving their spouse if the spouse has Alzheimers. I hope he rots.

  39. Anonymous

    I think we as Americans are sharply divided. We attack every yahoo that opens his or her mouth spewing ignorance on a microphone. WHY? Liberalism and Conservatism are huge problems in our society today that drive deep wedges into our psyches. I myself lean conservative. But when I hear fundamentalist comments come out of the mouths of "pastors" like Pat Robertson who seem to be excusing a "fellow conservative," I am disheartened. Christianity is not practiced in this way. I am a Christian and not ashamed to be one. I would LOVE DIALOGUE with anyone. And this is the fundamental problem. We do not dialogue. We launch insults or support towards the blow holes instead of not listening to what they say at all.

    It was Pat Robertson too in 2005 that spoke of Hurricane Katrina as a punishment from God on the decadent ways in the city of New Orleans. Funny thing though, where the "decandency" happens, in the French Quarter, this was spared, and where the poor live, THAT was destroyed. Pat Robertson should have been tuned out by anyone with common sense after he makes a damning statement such as this. Quit launching insults at each other America, it helps no one.

  40. Kathleen L. Howard

    Not surprising. He is one of those elderly white Republicans who believe in the double standard. Robertson is as obsolete as his comments. Both people in the Petraeus affair committed adultery. Why do we care what Pat thinks?

  41. Patrick Frye

    Although the full context shows he does not condone sexual immorality, that attempt at explaining Petraeus' behavior is extremely misleading.

  42. John Chancey

    Nothing sidetracks America from real issues (like Benghazi) like a good sex scandal.

  43. Martha King Stapler

    I believe with all my heart he has no concept of his remarks. There has to be someone that monitors his comments.

  44. Karen Knox

    I have a hard time with the assumption that Paula Broadwell "threw herself at him". I am a fairly conservative Christian and that comes across as pretty sexist to me. Just because she is attractive and fit, doesn't make her a "home wrecker". They are both responsible for their actions, regardless of what they look like or who they are. And the rationalization that "he's a man", don't even get me started. If the positions were reversed and it was a woman in a position of power and prestige who had a affair with a younger, attractive man, would anyone brush it off with "She's a woman"?

  45. Rodney Berry

    Strange, the man spoke clearly on this issue, he was trying to keep the marriage together, but main stream wants all to say divide the family end the bond between family and father, when it was satan/death which desired this end, not God, he was trying to convince the person who asked the question how do I forgive, he said stop talking about the cheating and think and talk about the family… For evidence the leader of our family is preparing earth for His retaking of it go to the websites mentioned in past yahoo news commentary pasted below.. Our Lord's science has proved His mystery and instead His children of Science deny Him while reaping the benefits of His delivered Knowledge! For evidence that He and He alone brought forth Science go to the Proof in the news and science page, and the Targum page and the Proof of His healing in painting and verse page on the website at google search of Adam and Eve seed gathering Ministry!

    Also on the Prophecy and the Signs page are the prewritten news events of this day prewritten three years ago and some more, and are now falling each week, such as the Japan quake and tidal wave, and the DC/Virginia Beach Virginia quake our Lord Jesus the Great scientist/physician brought on the same day as the unveiling of the martin luther king statue { with as we speak more quakes are coming to DC/V.Beach } also the record disturbances on the Suns surface all prophecy before their taking place so all of Science and Theology will know the Minister of the site is sent John 13:20 and a Righteous man! Many other signs listed there have come and are coming for this sounding to Science of God's Mystery being now finished by Science Revelation 10:7 for other proofs contact the minister for questions or more answers! Our Lord's science has proved His mystery and instead His children of Science deny Him while reaping the benefits of His delivered Knowledge! For evidence that He and He alone brought forth Science go to the Proof in the news and science page, and the Targum page and the Proof of His healing in painting and verse page on the website at google search of Adam and Eve seed gathering Ministry! Also go to the site at Adam and Eve in Action blog at google search, and therein are videos and links and pages of undeniable evidence that our Lord now prepares His earth for His retaking of it adamandeveseedgatheringministry {dot} com and

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