Televangelist and one-time Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson came out on his show “The 700 Club” in opposing the criminalization of marijuana. As someone who has historically preached about bringing down fire and brimstone on sinners, the concern over tokers came as something of a surprise and sent his handlers into a wild spin with the media.
In the midst of his usual dialogue on the show, Robertson stated, I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kind of thing, it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.”
It is a statement that surprised many of his critics as remarkably sane. However, despite the fact that he criticized “criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot,” his handlers later insisted that he was not calling for the legalization of possession — only criticizing the sentences handed down for pot possession.
Spokesman Chris Roslan stated “Dr. Robertson did not call for the decriminalization of marijuana. He was advocating that our government revisit the severity of the existing laws.”
Either way, it is a great deal better than claiming Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for homosexuality. Indeed, after making the comments on pot, Robertson allegedly broke up into the following song for liberals:
Some people call me the space cowboy,yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Cause I speak of the pompitus of love.
People talk about me, baby
Say I’m doin’ you wrong, doin’ you wrong
Well, don’t you worry baby
Don’t worry Cause I’m right here, right here, right here,
right here at home
Cause I’m a picker
I’m a grinner
I’m a lover
And I’m a sinner
I play my music in the sun.
I’m a joker
I’m a smoker
I’m a midnight toker
I get my loving on the run Wooo Woooo
Spokesman Chris Roslan later went on the air to deny that anyone has ever called Robertson Maurice and that he is a lover in the purely platonic, non-Steve Miller band sense.