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Pat Robertson's life and legacy in Virginia and beyond will continue to be debated

Cheryl E Preston

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Pat Robertson was a man of faith

Pat Robertson's name will elicit varied responses depending on what you thought of his views and the things he said. The controversial conservative religious leader who passed away on Thursday at age 93 was the founder of CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network) in Virginia Beach where his death was announced but no cause was given. Robertson was also the founder of Regent University and for 60 years the host of the popular 700 Club which aired on his television network.

In 1985 the preacher caught a lot of heat because he said he prayed Hurricane Gloria away from Virginia Beach. His detractors laughed at him but some of the faithful believed him and thanked God for a miracle. I know a number of people in the Roanoke Valley, myself and my family members included whose faith was strengthened by Robertson's story, and after this, we had our own encounters with praying storms away-believe it or not. Does this indicate that we agreed with Robertson's every religious and political statement-certainly not?

Robertson's legacy will be controversial

Roberston spoke at the 2012 Regent University commencement and shook my oldest son's hand as he walked across the stage and my husband and I considered this a historic moment. In 2018 Robertson said his prayers redirected Hurricane Florence away from his neck of the woods. The old saying that two things can be true at once applies to the life of Pat Robertson as it does to us all.

His life and legacy will be championed by Christian conservatives who agreed with his views, and dismissed by those who were on the outside of the preacher's religious and social beliefs. Others will abide by the old adage to eat the meat (take the good out of the situation) and throw away the bones (the negative) regarding Marion Gordon Pat Robertson-(March 22, 1930 – June 8, 2023).

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