…For the past several Sundays, the New Born Fellowship Christian Center in Rochester has conducted spiritual warfare. The congregation has been encouraged to wear fatigues and uniforms. Assistant Pastor Perdita Meeks said no one has found spiritual warfare to be over the top.” (WHAM-TV, Rochester NY via Uncle $cam)
Nevertheless, when I spotted Robertson in a lineup of celebrities including Brad Pitt, Bono, George Clooney and the also-never-boring Dennis Hopper, I was delighted to see him. He was in the One Campaign’s television ad asking for help in the crusade against poverty, starvation and AIDS in Africa and elsewhere.
In the commercial, Robertson says, ‘Americans have an unprecedented opportunity,’ and then Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, of all people, finishes his sentence, concluding that ‘we can make history.’
On a recent ‘Nightline,’ Robertson showed up with his new best friend, Clooney. When asked if his group Operation Blessing would promote ‘the responsible use of condoms’ along with abstinence in its AIDS education program in Africa, Robertson answered, ‘Absolutely.’ Pat Robertson!” — Sarah Vowell (New York Times op-ed)
I have never been a fan of “This American Life”, finding Ira Glass smarmy and smug, if it is not redundant to find someone both. But Sarah Vowell has been the show’s redeeming value. Interesting choice as a New York TImes guest columnist while Maureen Dowd is on leave.