Implying that being gay is immoral, televangelist Pat Robertson says Christians should not accept gay family members because Christians should not “enable” the “homosexual lifestyle.”
On Thursday Robertson told a 700 Club viewer that the most Christian way for her to behave toward a lesbian in her family is to refuse to be an “enabler,” telling the viewer that one way to show love for her relative is to refuse to accept her as being gay.
“My niece just graduated from a Catholic university and has now come out as a homosexual,” wrote a viewer named Carol. “How should I, as a Christian, respond to the situation if and when I meet her partner at family functions and at holidays?”
“Well,” said Robertson, “the last thing you want to be is judgmental and at the same time you want to be loving and warm and let them know that you love them, but you cannot accept it and you cannot be an enabler,” he said. “If they’re living together as a homosexual (sic) and you’re a Christian you cannot say, ‘I accept this lifestyle.’”
Don’t be judgemental, but don’t accept them? There is nothing more obnoxious and patronizing than the kind of “non-judgemental” Christian love Robertson advocates. Indeed, there is nothing loving at all about such shunning – it is but hatred and bigotry wearing a Christian mask.
Trying to appear nice, but ultimately perpetuating antiquated stereotypes, Robertson went on to praise gays as being “very talented people” with “an enormous capacity for artistic expression.” In reality, of course, gays are just people, some are talented, some are artistic, and some are not.
Robertson also warned his viewers that “there’s an incredible barrage of activity forcing people to accept the homosexual lifestyle.” And, indeed, there is pressure to accept “the homosexual lifestyle,” as Robertson so awkwardly puts it. This “barrage of activity” is called moral progress, and it makes Robertson uncomfortable, because it calls into question the morality of his religious convictions.
Robertson asks, “Do we accept adultery? Do we accept fornication? Do we accept immorality?” Robertson answers his own question: “I don’t think we ought to be accepting of it.”
Robertson implies being gay is immoral. The irony, of course, is that the only immorality here is Robertson’s ugly and mean-spirited anti-gay rhetoric.
(H/T Right Wing Watch)