Pat Robertson, televangelist host of the religious television show “The 700 Club,” has been known for saying some pretty crazy things over the years. For instance, there was the time he claimed that the Gay Days at Walt Disney World might bring about the downfall of America. But his latest statement might just take the cake. Apparently, Robertson now believes that Goodwill Industries sweaters harbor demons.
According to the Huffington Post, Robertson, 82, stated on Monday that one should always pray over sweaters purchased from the local Goodwill in order to prevent demons from entering their house. It was a response to an email from a viewer named Carrie.
“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other second-hand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct?” Carrie asked Robertson. “Can demons attach themselves to material items?”
Generally, one would respond to a question like that with a resounding “no.” But for Robertson, this was a perfect opportunity to discuss the way second-hand clothes promote the Devil’s bids for the souls of all good Christians.
After hearing Carrie’s question, Robertson responded with the story of a Filipina girl who had purchased a ring second-hand. Apparently, a witch had invoked demonic spirits into the ring, and the object began somehow tormenting the girl until she prayed over it.
“A witch who had prayed over a particular ring and asked for a spirit to come into it,” Robertson said, according to Right Wing Watch. “And this Philippine girl was so attached to this ring, she had to buy it and all hell broke loose because she finally recognized what it was.”
While Robertson admits a demon-possessed Goodwill sweater might be unlikely, he closed the statement by saying that, “Hey, it ain’t going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.”