Pat Robertson: LGBT Rights Advocates Are ‘Terrorists, Radicals, and Extremists’
Pat Robertson discussed a legal battle in Houston where a group of right-wing activists have sued the city to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance and claimed that LGBT advocates who support the ordinance are acting like “terrorists.”
“It’s one thing to want to persuade somebody to believe like you do, that’s what Christianity is about, to bring the Gospel message and say this is good news and we’d like you to accept it,” Robertson said, forgetting the hundreds of years Christians forced their “Gospel” on non-believers. “It’s something else to take the arm of the government to force somebody to do something that is against, contrary to their religion, and that’s what these homosexuals are trying to do. They are trying to force people who are Christians to marry them or else face jail, to make cakes honoring them or else go to jail and give their sermons over and divulge their innermost thoughts or go to jail, that’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with.”
To be fair, breaking an ordinance isn’t exactly a felony, no one’s going to jail for discriminating against gay wedding cakes. But why let something like facts ruin a perfectly good rant?
“These people are radicals,” Robertson accused supporters of basic equality. “They’re radicals and they’re extremists. No Christian in his right mind would ever try to enforce somebody against their belief or else suffer jail.”
There’s two falsehoods there. One, no one is trying to send people to jail for refusing to bake a cake. Literally, no one. On the other hand, yes, Christians do force people into prison for not adhering to their ideas.
“There’s no Christian group anywhere in the world that would enforce somebody to do something contrary to their deep-held religious beliefs or face criminal penalties,” Robertson claimed.
Yep, that’s apparently never happened in the history of ever.
“If the gays want to go out and do their gay sex, that’s one thing,” Robertson concluded. “But if they want to force you to accept it and solemnify it by marriage then that’s a different matter and it’s an infringement on people’s religious belief.”
Well, let’s see. Two gay people marry each other, they’re the only ones affected. Right wing whack jobs ban gay marriage, all gay people’s rights are affected. So, let’s maybe err on the side of not affecting anyone’s lives that doesn’t want to be affected.