Christian Coalition founder and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson the election of Muslims like Rep. Keith Ellison and local officials in Houston pose a threat to America.

“The curse of God is to bring in people who don’t share your point of view and then ultimately destroy your civilization,” Robertson said March 20 on his “700 Club” TV program. “Well, that’s what we’re facing for our children and grandchildren.”

Robertson’s comments followed a segment on increasing numbers of Muslims becoming involved in politics at all levels. It viewed efforts like the Muslim American Society’s Voting is Power campaign as evidence of Islam’s growing political clout.

Robertson said Islam’s agenda is to “take over the government and that everybody else is a second-class citizen.”

“That is the primary doctrine of Islam, and when Islamic people take over before long they want to institute Sharia, or the law according to the Quran, which has to do with cutting off the hands of thieves and stoning adulterous women to death and all the rest of it,” he said.

While the moderate face of Islam being presented to Americans doesn’t say that, Robertson said, the question is if they are really Muslims and whether “they really believe in what the Quran says or not.”

“If they’re really dedicated Muslims, they believe in takeover and they believe that everybody else is a second-class citizen,” Robertson said. “You look in Saudi Arabia now–a Christian can’t even build a house higher than a Muslim–I mean the discrimination is unbelievable. And much of the Muslim activity in America is being financed by the extreme Wahabi sect in Saudi Arabia. It’s a fact of life. It’s the way it is. I’m not being discriminatory. It’s just the way it is. That’s what they believe. Now these moderates, do they say, ‘We don’t believe that?’ They haven’t said it.”

Robertson warned that a dedicated minority has the ability to take over the country. “They can take over the caucuses of parties,” he said. “They can take over the party conventions, and they can nominate the people of their choice and then they can raise the money to put that person in.”

The Virginia Beach televangelist speaks with some authority. Behind closed doors with state Christian Coalition leaders at the 1997 “Road to Victory” conference, Robertson said the only way to save the country from God’s wrath was for the Christian Coalition to elect a president who would implement the organization’s agenda.

“Now, God has put a mandate on us, because this nation is in crisis,” he said, according to a tape recording circulated by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “I know we are wealthy; there’s no question about it. But I do not believe that God is going to allow this nation to go unpunished forever if we have slaughtered 35 million innocent babies.”

Robertson in 1997 boasted he achieved his earlier goal of conservative control of Congress by 1996 two years early. The Christian Coalition had a “major presence” in the Republican Party, though it still hadn’t “gotten the influence I think we ought to have” within the GOP. His next goal, he said, was to elect a president in 2000.

“We can hold the Congress, get in some more good people into the Congress and into the governors’ mansions and then focus on the White House,” he said. (MORE)

Bob Allen is managing editor of


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