Jump directly to the content

As CBN Turns 50, Pat Robertson Mostly Bows Out of Politics

Marking the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of his Christian Broadcasting Network, Pat Robertson said he will no longer make political endorsements.

"When I was in charge of the Christian Coalition I was available to mobilize grassroots support for somebody," Robertson told The Associated Press in an interview. "I don't have any army right now. It's just an opinion, and that isn't quite as good as it used to be."

Fifty years to the day after his first broadcast on Oct. 1, 1961, Robertson on Saturday recalled his network's humble beginnings in an address to a crowd gathered outside CBN's headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va.

"I came down here to buy a television station and I didn't even own a television set," he said.

Robertson said his first deposit in the network's corporate account was $3.

"You take what God has and you praise him for it," he said. "Now at the end of 50 years, I can look back, and I said it's all God."

Robertson's network now produces programming in dozens of languages across about 200 countries. Robertson ran as a Republican for president in 1988, and later channeled his supporters into the Christian Coalition. His last endorsement was of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the 2008 Republican primaries.

Over the years, Robertson has been criticized for various comments, most recently for suggesting that a man whose wife has Alzheimer's could get divorced to marry another woman. He later said he was "misunderstood" and thinks spouses should support each other during illnesses.

Related Topics:Politics
Posted:October 3, 2011 at 3:21PM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
Christian Hostage Kenji Goto’s Fate Uncertain
#PrayforKenji effort gains support. But Japan’s pacifist Christians reject expansion of nation’s role in Mideast.
Blessed Are the Super Bowl Stars?
Like Russell Wilson, most believe God rewards faithful athletes.
Canadian Justice: You Can’t Block Lawyers Over Their Alma Mater Banning Gay Sex
“This decision isn’t about whether LGBT equality rights are more or less important that the religious freedoms of Evangelical Christians”
So Long New York: American Bible Society Heads to Philly
A year after putting its iconic building on the market, ABS exits the Big Apple after nearly two centuries.
Christianity Today
As CBN Turns 50, Pat Robertson Mostly Bows Out of Politics