Pat Robertson is continuing to rant against the “tyranny” of LGBT people and their supporters who expect elected officials and businesses serving the public to refrain from discrimination, saying, “They want to stick it to the Christians.”
“Believers should not be forced to do something they don't believe in,” the right-wing televangelist said Friday on his TV show, The 700 Club. “It is tyrannical to force somebody to give money and pay taxes for something they abhor. ... The homosexuals don't just want to be left alone, now they want to come out and stick it to the Christians. They have made it clear and it’s an organized thrust throughout this nation to force conformity.”
Friday's episode of The 700 Club also carried a story spotlighting some of its favorite “persecuted” conservative Christians, such as Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman, both of whom refuse to serve same-sex couples.
In a pretaped interview that was part of the segment, Davis's lawyer Mat Staver, leader of the right-wing Liberty Counsel, rejected calls for Davis to resign her elected position if she won’t comply with the law. “If Kim Davis resigns, not only does she lose her voice, but it sets a precedent," claimed Staver. "If you’re a Christian, and you believe in marriage that people have believed in through millennia of human history, that Jesus himself spoke about, then you ought not to run for office.”
Referring to the segment, Robertson said of LGBT Americans, “These people say, ‘Not only do we want to practice our sinful ways like Sodom and Gomorrah, we’re going to make you like it and we’re going to make you participate whether you like it or not.’ … That is absolute tyranny and it's high time we call it what it is and we stand up for freedom.”
Robertson was really on an antigay roll on Sunday's show: The same day, he also praised a viewer who wrote in saying he wouldn’t let his gay grandson bring his partner to Thanksgiving dinner. “Otherwise you become an enabler, and you’re condoning that,” Robertson said. “The chances are there’s a real good chance that he might come out of that so-called lifestyle, but if you’re going along with it, he says, ‘Well, Mom likes it, so it’s OK.’”
Watch both clips below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.