Pat Robertson has some important ideas about possessed sweaters, and this is why he makes the big evangelical bucks.
Televangelist Pat Robertson is no stranger to controversy, and the 700 Club host has found himself on the receiving end of unpleasant attention for statements that have been construed as sexist more than once — though it should be noted the religious leader has also cautioned viewers not to reject science.
Robertson is back with some new religious guidance, this time concerning sweaters at Goodwill and their potential to harbor negative and angry spirits.
Not every sweater at Goodwill, of course, says Pat Robertson. No, that would be crazy.
The TV and radio host has offered up some advice on how to ensure Satan isn’t in your sock drawer, addressing a viewer question about possessed items of clothing and reassuring a young caller that their mother isn’t crazy for believing such a thing. (And while no one can say for sure, such a notion doesn’t seem entirely healthy to be advocating in a household by and large.)
The confused and probably somewhat frightened kid asks Pat Robertson:
“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits, and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?”
Now, call me a heretic, but I would imagine it’s the place of an adult to reassure a child that their sweaters aren’t going to corrupt their mortal souls. Pat Robertson clearly disagrees, and he said to the caller:
Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes. But I don’t think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it. [Laughs.] But in a sense, your mother’s just being super cautious so hey, it isn’t gonna hurt you any to rebuke any spirits that happen to have attached themselves to those clothes.
It’s worth noting that Pat Robertson’s intentions are probably in the right place, but it doesn’t mean telling a kid their sweaters could be possessed is all that great for the kid involved.