By Tim Peacock
Yesterday on the 700 Club, aging religious conservative Pat Robertson argued that the LGBT community works with Christianity's boogeyman (Satan) and because of that, Jesus never would have served a gay couple (as they would have been stoned to death per Biblical prescription). His comments on stoning and Biblical hell fire came as part of a larger discussion of the legalities and morality of treating LGBT people equally in places of public accommodation.
“I think you got to remember from the Bible, if you look carefully at the Bible what would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death,” Robertson said. “So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there. But we don’t have that in this country here so that’s the way it is," Robertson continued. As Jay Michaelson once pointed out in an article on this subject, the matter of what Jesus would or wouldn't have done isn't that clear cut - something that makes modern fundamentalist conservatives very uncomfortable.
Setting up the next portion of his argument against the LGBT community, Robertson said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have to recognize what I said a few years ago, at that point homosexual marriage was condemned, homosexuality itself was considered a pathology and now those who are practicing that activity have turned and become the oppressors of those who hold deeply-held religious points of view, the tables have turned.”
For the remainder of the segment, Robertson went on to lament about abortion killing babies and being gay as "a meaningless exercise because it doesn’t go anywhere" because it does not produce children. As we all know and understand, the only way to be considered a success or happy is to procreate...and those couples that either can't or won't are just evil - like Satan.
Never mind the fact that LGBT couples have children all the time through surrogacy and adoption - that doesn't count in Robertson's book (nor many other fundamentalists). If you aren't engaged in one specific, narrow definition of what they believe is 'right' you're no better than someone who cavorts with Christianity's worst and most evil figure.
Add that to Robertson fondly remembering an era where gay people were stoned to death and you have everything you need to know about Pat Robertson and those who think with a similar Old Testament ideology.
[H/T Right Wing Watch]