It has been a while since we visited the Pat Robertson Carnival of Craziness, so fasten your seatbelts and strap on your helmets. We’re going in.

In an extended rant last week, the volatile TV preacher warned America that militant Muslims and atheists are at work to “destroy the fabric” of society. Robertson opined that the only way to stop them is to put an end to this “nonsense” about separation of church and state.

Bro. Pat’s outburst was apparently brought on by recent remarks by David Cameron, the prime minister of Great Britain, who has lately taken to issuing statements about how the U.K. is really a “Christian” nation and everybody just kind of needs to get over it.

Naturally, this didn’t go down too well, considering that lots of Britons are, in fact, not Christians and those who are don’t seem all that interested in the country’s established church. Last year, George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, warned that the church is going the way of the dinosaur.

“We ought to be ashamed of ourselves,” Carey said. “We are one generation away from extinction and if we do not invest in young people there is going to be no one in the future.”

Yet this is the model Robertson would like the United States to emulate. He praised Cameron’s remarks, and similar ones by British Attorney General Dominic Grieve, telling his TV audience, “We could have some more of that here in the United States.”

Robertson bemoaned, "This nonsense about the separation of church and state has gotten way, way beyond the bounds of what the Founders of our Constitution thought. We’re under assault by militant Islamists, militant atheists, secularists, those who want to destroy all the fabric of faith in our society. And the great freedoms we have found on our belief in God.”

It wouldn’t be vintage Pat without a conspiracy theory, of course, and he was quick to provide one: All of this tolerance of Muslims and atheists comes from “elites.”

These dastardly elites, according to Robertson, believe that Muslims are “as good as anybody else’s faith. And they’re entitled to express their views. They’re entitled to have their call to worship out of their mosque. They’re entitled to do this and do that and do the other.”

Hmmm. Hate to break it to you, Pat, but that belief doesn’t spring from “elites.” The idea that all religious groups have the same rights and can meet for prayer and worship comes from our First Amendment. You should read it sometime.

Robertson wrapped up by asserting that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated “the highest counsels of the security apparatus of the United States of America advising our leaders as to how to deal with terrorism.” He didn’t offer any proof.

I used to try to keep up with every nutty thing Robertson said. I quickly realized I would need a staff of researchers, and I worried that sooner or later we’d all require extensive mental-health counseling. The good folks at People For the American Way are still at it, and, thanks to social media and the internet, the televangelist’s unique worldview can be shared with everyone at the speed of light. 

Remember when Robertson said that the used items you buy at thrift stores might be infested with demons? Or the time he advised people to divorce their spouses if the spouse comes down with Alzheimer’s disease? How about that time he asserted that gay people use special rings to cut others and infect them with HIV?

Robertson turned 84 last month, but we can’t blame these ramblings on senility. He has been saying stuff like this for the past 40 years.

That’s quite a track record. What’s really amazing (and scary) is that in light of it, so many people are still listening to Robertson and taking him seriously.