Evangelic nutcase Pat Robertson doesn’t see any problem with going over 100 mph on an open stretch of road. In fact, God may even have given him permission. While doing his what-sometimes-can-be-described-as-radical show, The 700 Club, a viewer called in and had the following interaction with Robertson:
“My husband insists on speeding even when he’s on time,” the viewer named Nora explained in an email. “In the last 2 years, he’s gotten 4 speeding tickets and our insurance has gone up. He doesn’t feel that God cares if we speed.”
“You’re asking a guy that had a Corvette with a 430 horsepower engine, who is now driving a car that has about a 650 horsepower engine,” Robertson laughed. “Who also drove 30 laps around the Charlotte Motor Speedway in a stock car.”
“I don’t get tickets, I pay attention,” he continued. “But there was one night up in the mountains, when it wasn’t anybody around a four-lane highway late at night, and I did get that little bug up a little over 200 mph.”
“Two hundred!” co-host Terry Meeuwsen exclaimed.
“No, 100, I’m sorry, it won’t go 200,” Robertson replied. “Is it a sin? I think it’s a sin to hurt somebody. I think it’s a sin to drive recklessly… If your driving imperils other people, you are sinning, there’s no question about it.”
“But in an open stretch of road, you go to Texas, I think some areas, there’s no speed limit at all,” he added. “There are times when police do pick you up, but I better not say any more.”
“But the whole idea of traffic — it is… sin or not sin — it is to regulate the flow of traffic to keep people from hurting each other.”
Basically, Robertson is saying he has been detained for driving too fast and he uses his name recognition to get out of tickets. Plus, it is a-OK with the big guy upstairs as long as he doesn’t endanger anyone else on the road. We can’t say that we’ve never broke the speed limit before, but, we’ve never leaned on the divine to justify it, either.
Readers, what do you think?