The Moral Incongruity of Pat Robertson

Yeah, talk about phrases that don’t need to be said on the basis of their being too obvious.  Apparently on today’s episode of the 700 Club, he took on the topic of anti-gay bullying, and had this to say:

ROBERTSON: Well I think that’s terrible and Christians shouldn’t do that. I mean, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, blah, blah, blah. You know, Christians shouldn’t do that. They ought to act in love. You might disagree, you may think that these practices are an abomination, you can think all sorts of things, but you need to love. And you need to reach out to these kids in love.

You have a gift for understatement, Pat.  You “might disagree”??  “You may think” that these practices are an abomination?  Refresh my memory again on what your Good Book has to say about dealing with homosexuals.  I seem to recall something about STONING PEOPLE TO DEATH.  None of this “pray away the gay” bullshit.  You got rocks the size of softballs hurled at you by the entire town, and the only thing you could hope for at that point was getting hit in the head and knocked out quickly.

And that’s the problem.  You and people like you have spent too much of your time promoting the kind of rhetoric that encourages the very violence you’re now pretending to speak out against.  No one is going to take you seriously.  Hell, it wasn’t too long ago where you concurred with Jerry Falwell in his statement that 9/11 was the result of pagans, abortionists, liberals, and homosexuals.  Here’s what you said about Disney’s Gay Day:

Of Disney’s Gay Days, Robertson predicts “it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.” After Orlando, Florida, city officials voted in 1998 to fly rainbow flags from city lampposts during the annual Gay Days event at Disney World, Robertson issued the city a warning: “I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you. … [A] condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”

A goddamned meteor.  Really.

There’s no ambiguity in the message you’ve been sending over the years, Pat.  It’s one of paranoia, hatred, bigotry, mind-blowing ignorance reminiscent of your Bronze Age idols, and an disturbing inability to see that blaming a particular demographic for all of the ills of the world had its time in the sun during the mid-twentieth century.  Didn’t turn out too well for anyone.

So now, all of a sudden, you’re backpedaling from your standard “blame the gays for [insert modern issue here]”; instead, you’re taking the condescending soft-power “love the sinner, hate the sin” approach that simply involves harassing people who don’t follow your interpretation of morality until they file a restraining order.  The problem is two-fold:  first, it’s not credible coming from you, and second, that this kind of commentary is sending a mixed message at best.  So people shouldn’t bully homosexuals with violence (as prescribed in the bible).  They should just publicly condemn them out of love and try to convert them by describing the eternal torment they will face if they don’t change their ways.

All things considered, I suppose I’ll take it.  It’s probably the most promising thing I’ve heard from you in a long time, and a far cry from anything suggested by the authors of the Old Testament. Thankfully, we as a society don’t do things like that anymore, even if it’s supposedly “divine mandate”.  I guess common sense, rational thought, and the modernity of society will eventually override the supposed absolute objective morality presented in our holy books.

I recall the words of Sam Harris, who was commenting on the claim that religion is useful:  “It is faint praise indeed if the best that can be said of much of scripture is that it can now be safely ignored.”

Thank God for that.

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2 Responses to The Moral Incongruity of Pat Robertson

  1. Dan Adler says:

    Good one! I didn’t know that Robertson had “softened” his stance. Someone close to him must have come out.

  2. Pingback: Pat Robertson Doesn’t Understand Christmas. | Crimes Against Divinity

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