Pat Robertson called his 700 club viewers to rise up in opposition to the Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ folks by prohibiting discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel had just wrapped up an interview with Robertson, pronouncing the proposed law “the biggest threat to religious freedom and freedom in general and the sanctity of human life” to ever be considered. As if the gay and trans people are more of a threat to human life than the forced birth zealots who think nothing of forcing women to give birth at grave risk to their health, while making sure the poor women have no access to prenatal care or healthcare in general. Oh yes, please tell me about how much any of these arrogant white men care about human life, or freedom in general, or even religious freedom.
Drawing on his warped interpretation of Christian teachings, Robertson called his viewers to action.
“If you want to bring the judgment of God on this nation, you just keep this stuff up,” he warned some imaginary sinners. “You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ Vomit you out. I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.’”
Of course he goes to Leviticus. Angry old white men always go to the legalistic, culturally extinct parts of the Bible when they want to call the wrath of God down to smite us all.
“There is plenty of stuff that is going on,” Robertson said ominously. “When you look at the potential of atomic war, when you look at the potential of a solar strike or something on our grid, you could go down the line of devastation that could happen to our nation. We don’t want that. We want the blessing of God, not the curse of God.”
What is a solar strike, exactly? And if he’s so afraid of natural devastation, maybe he shouldn’t lie about climate change.
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Instead, Robertson sees God as some guy holding the world hostage, saying “Smite the gays or you’re all gonna get it.”