The tragic shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee that left 6 people dead Sunday was the opening subject of today's (Aug. 6) broadcast of the 700 Club. Televangelist Pat Robertson asked why such a thing could occur... and then shared his opinion about the answer:
“What is it?” the TV preacher wondered. “Is it satanic? Is it some spiritual thing, people who are atheists, they hate God, they hate the expression of God? And they are angry with the world, angry with themselves, angry with society and they take it out on innocent people who are worshiping God.”
“And whether it’s a Sikh temple or a Baptist church or a Catholic church or a Muslim mosque, whatever it is, I just abhor this kind of violence, and it’s the the kind of thing that we should do something about,” he added. “But what do you do? Well, you talk about the love of God and hope it has some impact.”
You can view Pat Robertson making this statement in the video at the left.
The suspect in the killings was a 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page who was shot by police at the scene. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a public interest law firm that tracks hate groups, Page was a white supremacist and "frustrated neo-nazi," as well as a member of two racist skinhead bands; End Apathy and Definate Hate. He played in a number of other hate rock bands and attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado.
"He has been in the neo-Nazi, white power music scene for more than a decade," said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project.
Was Wade Michael Page an atheist?
Reports also indicated that Page had a number of tattoos, including one that said “9/11″ and a Celtic knot, which is commonly used as a symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity. There is no evidence that Page was an atheist.
Another tattoo, visible in the photo above, is a Celtic Cross or "Odin's Cross" on his shoulder with the number 14 inside it. The Anti-Defamation League calls the Celtic Cross a general racist symbol and describes it as "(t)he symbol for the Celts of ancient Ireland and Scotland; also used as a Christian symbol." The number 14 refers to the 14 words "we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children" spoken by David Lane, a founding member of the white supremacist terrorist group, "The Order."