This morning it was announced that Pat Robertson is endorsing Rudy Giuliani for President. This could turn out to be the biggest and most costliest compromise of his career. Pat Robertson has been a giant among dwarves in the evangelical movement. He has been a vocal leader in the movement against Abortion, Gay Marriage, etc. Now he has compromised all of that to support Rudy Giuliani, an unapologetically pro-Choice candidate. Why did he do it? One word, Mormonism.
In all reality one may consider Mr. Robertson to be between a rock and a hard place. Like many other political observers, he likely viewed the GOP race to come down to either Giuliani or Mitt Romney. Not exactly the ideal situation for an evangelical leader.
So Robertson had a choice. He could support the one GOP candidate that furthest from his moral and political views or he could support the candidate who espouses his same views more than any other candidate but belongs to a religion he loathes, believes is a cult, and believes is a threat both spiritually and financially to him and his constituents.
He chose the former. He chose to risk losing all credibility and being pushed to the fringes of the “moral majority” wing of the American electorate, all for fear of legitimizing a religion different from his own. How disappointing. Does he not know that despite doctrinal differences and misunderstandings, the LDS Church is among the biggest proponents of strong families, and pro-life and pro-marriage causes. But that is not enough, Mr. Robertson could not allow a Church that he fears to potentially have the boost it would by Mitt Romney being elected as President. So he chose to become a hypocrit and compromise all that he stood for. He would have been better off endorsing a candidate that couldn’t win, aka Huckabee or Thompson or by not endorsing at all.