Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Christian Conservative Icon Pat Robertson Dies At 93

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Right-wing televangelist , who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1988, has died.

Robertson transformed a tiny TV station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). He also founded Regent University in Virginia Beach.

His presence as a conservative influencer made central to the modern-day .

Per Fox News:

Through the experience of running for president, Robertson created the Christian Coalition, which helped cement the Republican Party's enduring alliance with evangelical voters. Pursuit of Iowa's evangelicals is now a common practice for Republican hopefuls, including those currently seeking the White House in 2024.

Robertson's enterprises also included Regent University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia Beach; the American Center for Law and Justice, which defends the rights of religious people; and Operation Blessing, an international humanitarian organization.

Robertson was born Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson on March 22, 1930, in Lexington, Virginia, to Absalom Willis Robertson and Gladys Churchill Robertson. His father served for 36 years as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Virginia.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University, he served as assistant adjutant of the 1st Marine Division in Korea.

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