Televangelist Pat Robertson doesn’t care for gay people. He was apoplectic when the military decided to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. And he’s convinced that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is causing the oppression of Christians in the military.
On his long-running TV show “The 700 Club,” Robertson said he now believes that the military has “turned the tables” on Christians:
“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ used to refer to gays in the military, now it could apply to Christians in uniform.”
Robertson also claimed that the U.S. military is not allowing chaplains to preach the Gospel. He offered no proof, of course, so apparently we’re just supposed to take his word for it. But he attempted to back up his specious claim by saying:
“If we begin to muzzle our chaplains, God help us.”
Yes, and God help us if we ever decide to run any branch of the military or other government agency by the standards set forth by a washed-up TV preacher and failed GOP Presidential candidate.
But the good Reverend Robertson wasn’t finished with his anti-gay musings. Later in the show, a man called in and asked what he should do about finding a “gay magazine” in his son’s room. Robertson counseled the father to talk to his son about his sexuality. The boy, Robertson said, probably wasn’t gay and that someone had probably sexually abused him or “confused” him.
Not content with offering that misguided advice, Robertson then told the caller:
“A lot of these so-called gay people have been either attacked or molested by some authority figure or else a magazine or something has confused them. You need to talk to him about what things are and who he is and what he is and let him grow up and find out, but don’t let him be exposed to a bunch of pornographic magazines because a gay magazine is filled with naked pictures of naked men doing sex with each other, that’s what’s in there, so you don’t want him to read that stuff. Whether it’s men and women or men and men or women and women, it doesn’t matter, you don’t want him to be seeing that.”
Really, Pat? One thing I can assure you of: I will not be raising my daughter by any of your ignorant, intolerant advice because I don’t want her to grow up and become a televangelist who tries to scare people out of their hard-earned money. Seems we have too many of those as it is.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org