I’m [was] speechless on this. Pat Robertson’s clarifying statement (see below) does change things for me a bit. All Christians are called to care for orphans and adoption is one of many ways to do that. Robertson’s clarifying statement doesn’t answer all the questions given the context of the conversation as seen on the video but I certainly can understand that sometimes we don’t say what we really mean–being on live television doesn’t help!
Thankfully, Joel Miller, has an eloquent and gospel-centered response: Read It Here
Pat Robertson & The 700 Club released a statement. Here it is in it’s entirety:
“Today, on live television, I misstated my heartfelt dedication and commitment to helping orphans. For decades, I have supported adoption, and have helped tens of thousands of children worldwide.
I wanted to say, but it didn’t come out the way I intended, that adoption is not for everyone.
The mother of three adopted children, who wrote in about her boyfriend’s issue with her children, did a wonderful, unselfish act to adopt and I respect her immensely. Yet, adoption might not be a fit for her boyfriend. If that is the case, she needs to find someone who better shares her passion for adoption.
Adoptive parents are taking on enormous responsibility, both emotionally and financially. Quite frankly, they need as much disclosure as possible about the child’s background and health to assure the best fit and be prepared.
In answering the letter writer, this is what I meant to say. If any doubt remains, I ask you to please look at what I’ve done over the years to help orphans.”
HOST, THE 700 CLUB