Apparently, in some parts of America, it’s still 1956. The term “devil’s music” is still actually a thing. And one preacher who makes the term “religious fruit loop” sound like a wholly tasty breakfast treat is on a mission to make sure we all know about it.
Former Southern Baptist minister Pat Robinson is no stranger to controversy. As News Corp reports, some of his previous bragging rights include dubbing Islam’s prophet Mohammed “an absolute wild-eyed fanatic” (pot-kettle, mate), claiming gays are out to destroy America’s freedom, and telling Haitians that the devastating 2010 earthquake was their own fault for making a “pact with the devil”.
This time, Robinson is seeing the devil in another place: popular music. On a recent episode of The 700 Club, the overzealous Bible-basher advised parents to “smack around” their children if they catch them listening to “devil music” on their iPods. Yep, legit.
To set the scene for you, a woman named Marie wrote in to the show about major problems she’d been having with her 11-year-old son. Apparently, the pre-teen had been “listening to music that speaks of the ‘beast within’ and the ‘infection in people’”.
She was apparently at a loss about what to do about that, because we all know listening to that kind of music makes kids have sex and worship Satan and slaughter puppies and stuff.
“I worry for his soul,” Marie pleaded. “I know the Lord is going to save him but what can I do?”
Luckily, Robinson had the solution. “It doesn’t hurt to smack a little 11-year-old around a little bit,” he advised.
“Say, ‘You behave, you’re not going to listen to that garbage in my house. If you do I’m going to tear it up and break those records,’ or CD or whatever. iPods. However you get that mess.”
“He’s a little twerp and you make that little twerp behave.”
“The little kids wouldn’t do that with me, I promise you,” he said. “Big Daddy’s home! Wham!”
“There’s a lot of evil in the world and you have to protect kids from evil and you have to do it any way you want to.”
Maybe somebody should tell Big Daddy that this isn’t Footloose and he’s not John Lithgow. Or at least call Kevin Bacon to sort him out. Watch this frothing maniac do his thing below, then watch Kimmel have his way with him in a recent talk show bit.
Watch: Pat Robinson Says ‘Smack’ Children Around To Protect Them From ‘Evil’ Music
Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Live – The Collected Wisdom Of Pat Robinson