Pat Robertson, the conservative evangelist and media mogul who helped to build the modern Christian right, died on Thursday at the age of 93.
Robertson was born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1930. He graduated from Yale University and the New York University School of Law. In 1960, he founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which quickly grew into a global media empire. Robertson’s daily talk show, The 700 Club, became one of the most popular Christian programs in the world.
In 1988, Robertson ran for president of the United States. He was defeated in the Republican primary, but his campaign helped to galvanize the Christian right. Robertson continued to be a vocal advocate for conservative Christian causes, and he founded the Christian Coalition, a political action group that played a key role in the Republican Party’s rise to power in the 1990s.
Robertson was a complex and controversial figure. He was a devout Christian who believed in the power of prayer and the importance of social justice. He was also a political activist who was willing to use his platform to promote his conservative views. His legacy will be debated for years to come, but there is no doubt that he was a significant figure in American history.
Robertson was a pioneer in the use of television to spread his message. He was one of the first televangelists, and he used his platform to reach millions of people around the world. Robertson was also a shrewd businessman, and he turned CBN into a multi-million dollar enterprise.
Robertson’s political views were deemed controversial by the mainstream media. He was a staunch supporter of Israel, and he was critical of the Soviet Union and other communist countries. Robertson was also a vocal opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage.
Despite his views, Robertson remained a popular figure among many conservative Christians. He was seen as a strong advocate for their beliefs, and he was able to build a large and loyal following. His death is a significant loss for the Christian right, and it remains to be seen who will emerge as his successor.