Over the weekend, Pat Robertson received the following email from a viewer of The 700 Club:
Over the holiday, I heard that America was founded as a Christian nation. If that’s the case, why did we allow slavery? – CHRISTINE
Who’s excited to hear what P. Rob had to say?
Well, I think there was a blind spot, you know, like it or not, if you read the Bible, in the Old Testament, slavery was permitted. You’d go into a nation — I say “you” — a country would go into another country and enslave the population and these people were put to work… use them as commodities. And so we have moved in our conception of the value of human beings over the years until we realized that slavery was terribly wrong.
O RLY?! You mean to tell us that we have developed our own moral code that is both independent and often times contrary to the Bible’s teachings? Shocking! What happened to all that “Bible is the literal word of God” stuff? Since we already eat shellfish and work on the Sabbath and wear cotton-poly blends, can slavery be dismissed just as easily? Because some of that stuff is so antiquated it is not only irrelevant in the 21st century but downright absurd.
If Robertson has his way, we can let thousands of years of Bible-condoned slavery slide… but if someone dares question Leviticus (also in the Old Testament, let us not forget) and suggest that gay people should be allowed to legally marry, we are a nation full of sinners?! Really?!
If Robertson can’t see the phenomenal irony blazing in front of his face, then I’m not sure what else to do at this point. I hope the parents of every gay kid getting harassed at school due to Bible-based bullshit spouted by Robertson calls him up and tells him how their lives are torn apart. I hope that Robertson can’t sleep at night because he’s fully aware of the psychological damage his nonsense has caused on people across the country and around the world.
He should be ashamed of himself. If he was capable of that feeling.
**Rant Over** (Please forgive, me, I watched Jed Bartlet’s amazing speech from The West Wing earlier today and was feeling pretty ranty.)