It makes me sick to read about televangelist (and former presidential candidate) Pat Robertson scamming hundreds of millions of dollars from followers to supposedly save lives after the crisis in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) in 1994. Instead, very little of that money was used for aid, with a large part of it being used to fund a diamond mining operation owned by Robertson.
In fact, Robertson continues to scam donations. At the same time that Robertson was raising money for a school in Congo in 2011, describing it as “thriving”, a film crew visited the school and found it abandoned, stripped of its furniture, and falling down.
The state of Virginia even investigated the aid operation, concluding that Robertson made “fraudulent and deceptive” statements and “misrepresenting” its operations. According to the report “Pat Robertson made material claims, via television appeals, regarding the relief efforts. These statements are refuted by the evidence in this case.”
And yet state officials declined to prosecute Robertson. Could this have had anything to do with several large donations made at the time to Virginia state politicians by Robertson?
Robertson has been involved in other controversial mining operations in Africa. During the civil war in Liberia, he supported the then-president Charles Taylor, even though Taylor was already indicted by a UN war crimes tribunal and was later convicted of crimes against humanity. What Robertson didn’t mention at the time was that he had an $8 million investment in a Liberian gold mine.
And remember that since religious groups avoid paying most taxes in the US, your tax dollars are subsidizing these evil scams.
If Robertson believes in a hell, I sincerely hope he burns in it.