Televangelist Pat Robertson has himself all in a dither over the LGBT Equality Act. And he voiced his concerns Tuesday on his show, the 700 Club, Right Wing Watch reports. The Equality Act beefs up existing civil rights laws by providing protection against discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation. It provides protection in the areas of housing, employment, public spaces, education, credit, and federal funding.
But the 89-year-old evangelist fear-mongers, saying this will cause “God to destroy America.”
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And of course, he was joined by Liberty Counsel’s religious right activist Mat Staver so they could both wring their hands over the evils of protecting LGBTQ people. Staver opined the legislation is “the biggest threat to religious freedom and freedom in general and the sanctity of human life” that Congress has ever considered.
At the interview’s conclusion, Robertson urged his viewers to put pressure on Congress and make their opposition known.
“This is a devastating blow to religious freedom and to the sanctity of America,” he said. “If you want to bring the judgment of God on this nation, you just keep this stuff up. 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.'”
The Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta couldn’t help but note:
“Considering marriage equality and the overturning of the anti-sodomy laws didn’t destroy the world yet, it’s hard to imagine letting gay people buy cake would even elicit a raise of God’s eyebrows.”
Robertson has made somewhat of a career out of predicting God would destroy America, Mehta notes. When marriage equality was ratified by the Supreme Court, he said it. Robertson also predicted it after Orlando, Florida, celebrated Gay Days in 1998.
Mehta couldn’t resist adding:
“So either God’s on a huge time delay or Robertson is making this up as he goes along.”
And unfortunately, Robertson is doing this with the support of President Donald Trump, who opposes the measure. As it stands, the measure has only introduced in the House, Mehta notes. A vote is planned for Friday, but with Trump voicing his opposition, its chances of passing the Senate aren’t good. Because the religious bigotry of some Republicans knows no bounds.
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