At this point, I almost feel bad when I write about something asinine Pat Robertson has said. His rhetoric has become so bizarre these last few years that I really have started to worry that there’s something more going on behind the scenes of which the public might not be aware.
But as long as he continues to put himself in the national spotlight, pushing his brand of hate and ignorance, I’m going to continue to call him out on it. And while Robertson has said a lot of really idiotic things in his day, his recent comments about drinkers, pot-smokers and some strange “enslavement” to vegetables have really gone off the deep end.
“Cocaine is the product of a vegetable, alcohol is the product of a vegetable, marijuana is a vegetable. And yet, people are enslaved to vegetables,” Robertson said concerning humanity’s supposed enslavement to vegetables as it relates to addiction.
“Why would you become a slave to a vegetable?” he asked. “Why? Why would you do it?”
So, if someone is a vegetarian, are they also “enslaved” by vegetables? To go even further, since cows mostly eat hay and various field grasses, and most humans eat beef, are they also “enslaved” to various grasses? You know, since hay and various field grasses are needed for cows to survive, by Robertson’s “logic,” people who love beef are then “enslaved” to grasses.
Do I really need to explain further how ridiculous this statement is?
People are not addicted to alcohol or various drugs because of the “vegetables” that might possibly be used during their production. That’s like saying people are addicted to smoking cigarettes because of a vegetable, when it’s the chemicals (more specifically the nicotine), along with other social habits that accompany smoking that are often the largest contributing factors to cigarette addiction.
Then let’s not forget that there’s provable scientific evidence that shows addiction in and of itself is often based on genetics, making it far more of an issue than simply “saying no.”
Though even outside of the substances themselves, some people are simply more prone to addiction. I had an aunt who got addicted to almost everything she did. She was literally addicted to Coca-Cola, especially from Sonic. She couldn’t drive by a Sonic without stopping to get one. She ultimately ended up passing away due to this addiction after a terrible kidney infection she got went septic, causing several of her organs to shut down. By the time she got any treatment (she refused to go to the doctor initially), it was too late.
So, the only thing I can gather from this gibberish Robertson said is that he’s either completely off his rocker, or he’s so ignorant about basically everything relating to the harsh (and often dangerous) realities of substance abuse and addiction that he truly believes that it can be broken down as simplistically as a human’s enslavement to vegetables. And if the latter is the case, that easily ranks as one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard in my life.
But no matter what the reasoning was for his asinine comments, it’s painfully clear that Robertson has no business giving anyone advice on how to fight addiction – because he has absolutely no clue what he’s talking about.
Watch his comments below via The 700 Club: