Televangelist Pat Robertson of the influential (well, among Conservative circles) 700 Club has said some absolutely outrageous things about LGBTs. Here’s a list of six of his most vile (and, sometimes hilarious), starting with his latest controversy.
1. Gays Use Special Rings to Infect People with AIDS
On Tuesday August 27, Pat Robertson on his 700 Club show responded to a question from a woman who wondered if it was wrong for her church not to inform her that the man she was driving to worship services is “dying of AIDS.” Was she in any danger, she fretted.
Robertson, in a surprising commitment to honesty, admitted that you can’t actually catch HIV through close proximity alone, and his best advice was that the woman should just not have sex with the man.
Sadly, Robertson didn’t quit while he was ahead. He went on to say that “There are laws now, I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books that prohibit people from discussing this particular affliction.”
Evidently the whole “Silence = Death” motto and the fact that lack of engagement over AIDS is precisely what the community fought against during the height of the AIDS crisis just went over Robertson’s head, probably because he was too busy repeatedly implying that AIDS crisis management should not be used as it would remove this so-called deterrent against homosexuality.
Regardless, Roberts on his Tuesday show went on to drop the following verbal bomb about, what else, special HIV rings:
“You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger. Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
According to Right Wing Watch, the 700 Club appears to have aggressively attempted to erase video evidence of this exchange and the Christian Broadcasting Network was offering only an edited version sans mention of the HIV rings. Robertson is now claiming his remarks have been taken out of context, and then in his non-apology he went on to repeat that gay activists in the 80s were using rings to purposefully infect people.
2. Robertson Wants a Vomit Button for All the Gay Facebook Pictures
Robertson has a problem with Facebook. There are simply too many gays being too happy in their pictures.
He recently said during a 700 Club broadcast that when it comes to seeing same-sex couples posting happy pictures from their lives, he would like to be able to “punch” a “vomit button”:
“I’m not one that switches on ‘likes’ on Facebook so it’s hard to say, but what you’re saying is, ‘Yes I like this kind of thing.’ You’ve got a couple of same-sex guys kissing. You like that. Well, that makes me want to throw up. To me I’d want to punch ‘vomit’ not ‘like,’ but they don’t give you that option on Facebook.”
Buttons I’d like to see include “Haven’t you been raptured yet?,” and “Your aggressive ignorance hurts.”
3. Disney Gay Days Could Cause Hurricanes, “Possibly” Meteors
Orlando, Florida residents beware. After Walt Disney World held one of its annual Gay Days, Robertson used his 700 Club show to send out the following public warning:
“I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you.” He went on to warn that gays would ”bring about terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”
I like that he’s not sure about the meteor. Too far? No? He can’t quite decide.
Disney World doesn’t sponsor the events but the 700 Club has long been critical of their apparent capitulation to the homosexual agenda, even once going so far as to send in reporters who apparently recorded video too graphic to be broadcast.
What exactly were those Disney characters up to?
4. Christians Will Go to Jail for Trying to Save Gays with Their Love
When Robertson isn’t directly attacking the humanity of gay people themselves, he implies that laws that are designed to promote equality and equal treatment of LGBTs make Christians into criminals.
During a July 2013 broadcast, he bemoaned how the USA is repeatedly passing laws that make it harder to discriminate against LGBTs, saying:
“If you see somebody who is not going to go to Heaven and you really love him you want to do what it takes to get him into Heaven, if you don’t care about him you let him go to Hell,” Robertson continued. “We are a people who love and yet now your love is going to put you in jail because the people who are going to Hell feel their lifestyle—think, ‘well, we want to be affirmed.’”
Needless to say there is no law on the books that would condemn a Christian to jail time for expressing their love or even simply expressing their disapproval of homosexuality.
5. God is Going to Destroy America Because Gays Are Marrying!
When New York legalized marriage equality in 2011, many religious conservatives were noted for overreacting — just a tad — with dire predictions that this would mean the end of America, nay, the world! Chief among them was Robertson who offered this oft used canard:
“There’s never been a civilization ever in history that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity, traditional marriage, traditional child-rearing, and has survived… we’re heading [the way of Sodom] as a nation.”
I thought Canada was doing fairly well, actually.
6. Gays Are Destroying the Boy Scouts for “A Few Kids Who Want to do Sex with Each Other”
“Do sex.” That’s the now infamous phrase Pat Robertson used while condemning the Boy Scout’s new policy allowing openly gay scouts into the fold. Now, Robertson had warned all along that something catastrophic was on the horizon should the Scouts go down this path, saying that ending the gay ban would enable “predators” and “pedophiles” access to young kids. Little did we all know it would be as bad as this:
“Two percent deciding what the rest of us does and they are willing to destroy it. Hollywood and the so-called liberal media has jumped on board that this is the new civil rights, well I don’t think so. [It] breaks your heart [to see the Boy Scouts] torn up in order to accommodate a few kids who want to do sex with each other. It just boggles the mind.”
It does indeed.
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