I think Pat Robertson is a shitbag. Always have. But he's an influential shitbag and this is just plain old good progress, particularly when you consider The 10 Stupidest Things Pat Robertson Ever Said.
Unlike all the other vids I saw of this, this one actually has the viewer question he was responding to. And that's the other bright light, here. First, take a look, about a minute & a half.
Here's one of the better items of the reportage I found, CNN of all places. As to that other bright spot, the really important thing, if you ask me, is:
“If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.
That's a prima facie admission that science trumps the Bible when in direct conflict and that's huge when you think of the implications of that. Now of course, "telling them like it is" only really means that when the scientific evidence is so overwhelming, they'll have to come along, kicking and screaming if need be. But it's progress. America lags so far behind the modern world in all of this I'll take what I can get.
With the Internet, this is only going to get worse for Biblical literalists. Way worse, way fast, and accelerating. I follow various atheist stuff around the Interwebs and in addition to the ever trending up term 'aheist' (...so the "new-atheist" books a few years back weren't just a flash in the pan), most of what I see are young people "coming out," writing of their experiences with family and friends.
Then there's this new initiative: Kids Without God.
Welcome to Kids Without God, a site for the millions of young people around the world who have embraced science, rejected superstition, and are dedicated to being Good Without A God!
Yep, no god required to be a good person, and it's not crazy to consider that basic morality will become more important and more meaningful in the absence of such authority. It certainly did for me.
Call me very pleased about all of this. After all, it's for the children.