3-5-88 . . . One of the Republican candidates for president is Pat Robertson, former television preacher, Yale-trained lawyer, and entrepreneur. In recent weeks he has made a number of questionable statements—questionable not because they’re dubiously true (though they are), but because he was unable to provide any support for them. He’s somehow driven to make provocative statements. For example, he claimed a few months ago that one of every four Detroit auto workers is on drugs. More recently, he said that there are Russian missiles in Cuba, when the Reagan administration denies it. He also claimed to have knowledge of the location of certain American hostages. Needless to say, the national press is having a field day with Robertson’s remarks. What I’m concerned about is his mental competence. As a television preacher, he is used to talking about miracles, the power of “healing”, and other nonscientific phenomena. Nobody ever asks him, as a preacher, to give reasons or evidence for what he says. They accept it on faith. But now that he’s in the secular world of politics, he runs into trouble when he makes this type of statement. He has no real chance to win the presidency, so I’m not worried about it. It’s just interesting.
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