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!