Breaking News — Seminary professor responds to Robertson’s adoption comment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) — A Southern Baptist seminary professor took strong exception to recent statements by televangelist Pat Robertson that it is OK for a man to not want to get involved with a woman whose children are adopted from foreign countries.

During a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, a woman sent in a question asking why the men she dated always lost interest in her after finding out that her three daughters were adopted from three different countries and not her biological children that come with child support.

Robertson disagreed with a female co-host’s gut reaction that it was because they are “dogs” and it is “just wrong.”

“No, it’s not wrong,” Robertson responded. “I mean, a man doesn’t want to take on the United Nations.”

“You don’t know what problems there are,” he continued. “I’ve got a dear friend who adopted a little kid from an orphanage down in Colombia. The child had brain damage — you know — grew up weird.”

Russell Moore, theology dean and senior vice president for academic administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said on his blog Aug. 17 that he had intended never to mention Robertson in another posting after taking him to task last year for saying it was permissible for a man to divorce his wife because she had Alzheimer’s disease.

But Moore, an adoptive parent, said Robertson’s recent comments go beyond “just a statement we ought to disagree with.”

Moore said in the past he received letters, calls and emails from Robertson supporters arguing that the Christian television pioneer “is just not what he used to be mentally and that you ought to hold him to a lower standard.”

Moore said the issue isn’t just Robertson’s “cruel and callous language” or his dismissal of “the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress,” but that his attitude “is part of a larger worldview.”

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