Just days after his bizarre suggestion that towels can have and spread AIDS, antigay extremist Pat Robertson is at it again with another ridiculous rant. This time, the televangelist equated “homosexuals” with terrorists.
Today on his TV show, The 700 Club, Robertson let loose with a tirade related to an antidiscrimination law in Houston, where some pastors who have been subpoenaed. Right Wing Watch reports that the subpoenas are part of a lawsuit over a failed effort to put the law before voters for a possible repeal; opponents of the ordinance collected signatures on petitions to get the measure on the ballot, but many of the signatures were found invalid.
Here’s a snippet of what Robertson had to say about those advocating for the nondiscrimination ordinance and other LGBT equality measures — including an apparent reference to the bakers who ran afoul of an antidiscrimination law in Oregon by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
“They are trying to force people who are Christians to marry them or else face jail, to make cakes honoring them or else go to jail, and give their sermons over and divulge their innermost thoughts or go to jail. Now that’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with. These people are terrorists, they’re radicals, and they’re extremists. No Christian in his right mind would ever try to enforce somebody against their belief or else suffer jail. Now they did that during the Inquisition. It was horrible. It was a black mark on our history, but it isn’t being done now. …
“If the gays want to go out and do their gay sex, that’s one thing, but if they want you to force you to accept it and solemnify it by marriage, then that’s a different matter and it’s an infringement on people’s religious beliefs. And what’s being done in Houston is a gay — the woman they elected is a homosexual, she’s a lesbian, and she’s trying to force pastors to conform to her beliefs. It’s wrong.”
Robertson’s recent claims about AIDS-carrying towels was responding to a question from a missionary who was actually inquiring about whether he should be worried about contracting Ebola during a mission trip.
“Not in Kenya,” Robertson said Thursday on The 700 Club. “You might get AIDS in Kenya. The people have AIDS. You gotta be careful. I mean, the towels could have AIDS. There are things — there are diseases in Africa.”
Robertson’s long history of outlandish statements also includes a claim that gay and AIDS activists have purposefully tried to transmit HIV using special rings designed to cut people and “transfer blood” during handshakes; the statement that single mothers make boys gay; and a theory many people are LGBT as a consequence of child abuse.
In a 1992 letter, Robertson famously asserted that the feminist movement “is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
Watch the video of today’s rant below.