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Pat Robertson is heading into obscurity quickly, so I often don't spend any time contemplating his outdated, outmoded conservative fear-based politicizing. However, this story caught my eye. Pat Robertson "fears" that the new hate crime law "The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Bill" signed Wednesday by President Obama will have a chilling effect on "muzzling pastors in church".

Now, the Religious Right has nothing but fear to promote its agenda of hate and intolerance. Voted out of the legislative and executive branch, it must rely on its old standby "let's make everyone afraid" because then, they don't think clearly and act reactively out of self-defense.

By making this ridiculous claim, Pat Robertson seems to suggest that Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were acting out of religious conviction when pummeling Matthew to one inch of his life that cold October evening. Does he honestly think that the two of them went to church, heard a "fire and brimstone" sermon of hate, and then went out gay hunting? Did the two of them repeat the rosary while slugging Matthew? Did they pontification about baptism, the Holy Spirit, or even the crucifixion when they tied his hands to together?

I think not. Here's my advice for the minister.

Mr. Robertson, you just need to come out and say the truth. This isn't about putting a noose on a pastor, or an attack on religious freedom (hello, first amendment, hello?).

This is simply about you not liking gay people.

This is about you not wanting to protect people based on an immutable trait.

This is about you not wanting the federal government to protect its citizens.

This is about your fear, your bigotry, your homophobia, your intolerance.

If you "came out" on the television, and simply just admitted it, then I would have a sliver of respect for you.

Originally posted to StLinus on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:17 AM PDT.

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  •  This is another reason why the Va Governor's race (0+ / 0-)

    is so important - Bob McDonnell is Pat Robertson's candidate

    Pat makes money off his intolerance - uses this to appeal to people with very small brains who send him money.

    There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Author Unknown

    by VA Breeze on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:22:05 AM PDT

  •  irrelevant hack (0+ / 0-)

    Mr. Rob has shown consistently that he is not a man of The Word, but a man of his words.  He, I really think, is a stooge behind which big corporations can hide, to show that they are with god.

    Baroque: When you are out of Monet

    by bartct on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:22:05 AM PDT

  •  You need a muzzle (0+ / 0-)

    if you're going to growl and snarl on the pulpit.

    Imprecatory prayer indeed.

  •  When church pastors feel threatened by the (1+ / 0-)
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    passage of a hate bill it says more about them than it does about those that the Bill will protect.  It boggles the mind to think what they must be preaching on a regular basis and the brainwashing their congregation gets.

    •  Theirs is a deeply paranoid brand of xianity. (1+ / 0-)
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      The evangelical right thrives off of feeling like it's constantly under attack.  In light of that institutional paranoia, it's not terribly surprising they'd think that this is actually a way to attack their batshit churches.

      Revolutionary Road was an awful, awful film.

      by burrow owl on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 08:52:56 AM PDT

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  •  All too true. (0+ / 0-)

    Pat Robertson's brand of Bible-thumpin' homophobia won't die out anytime soon, but it's slowly being shunned off to the margins. Good riddance.

    "They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. [...] That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary." -Handmaid's Tale

    by Cenobyte on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:29:24 AM PDT

  •  Robertson is still alive? (2+ / 0-)
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    chipoliwog, hpchicago

    Holy crap! (heh)

  •  Not to defend but... (1+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl

    This is clearly not true:

    ..., Pat Robertson seems to suggest that Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were acting out of religious conviction when pummeling Matthew to one inch of his life that cold October evening.

    Robertson and many, many others are of this opinion:

    Religious and conservative pundits lost no time following President Obama’s Oct. 28 signing of the bill into law. Ant-gay religious site OneNewsNow posted an article that same day warning that Christian broadcasting companies feared the law could be used to squelch anti-gay content. The article quoted Craig Parshall, a lawyer for Natikonal Religious Broadcasters (NRB) as saying that the broadcasting of anti-gay rhetoric that inspires in individual to attack an LGBT person might lead to charges against the broadcaster.

    Parshall based his projection of what might happen in the United States in European law. "Under the criminal law of incitement, if something is said in a broadcast that another person uses as a motivation to go out and commit an act of what they call ’bodily injury’ in the statute, then a broadcaster could be held criminally liable," even if the "injury" results from inadvertent contact at a rally or march.

    I presume that their fears have no foundation and they are adequately shielded from prosecution, but they want to be able to say whatever they please from the pulpit and on their broadcasts.

    •  It's actually too bad (0+ / 0-)

      that their fears have no foundation.  But this is nothing more than a PR campaign.

      I personally wish that they were not shielded based on the supposed religious foundations of their hate speech. I wonder what they would think about a new Flying Spaghetti Monster sect whose tenets included smiting right wing fundamentalist preachers with tv shows. With x-tra GOD/FSM religious points if the preacher uses too much hair spray and giggles constantly.

      "But officer - it's not hate speech!  I'm just following GOD/FSM's word!"

      "There is nothing like having to correct the spelling when somebody paints 'faggot' across your garage door." - Leon Carp

      by hpchicago on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:50:46 AM PDT

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      •  They're shielded by the free speech provisions (0+ / 0-)

        of the first amendment, not the free exercise provisions.

        And it's speech-banners like yourself that give Robertson's paranoia a shmear of plausibility.  

        Revolutionary Road was an awful, awful film.

        by burrow owl on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 08:54:52 AM PDT

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        •  I am not a speech banner (0+ / 0-)

          I'm actually somewhat conflicted on these kinds of laws. I do object to the attempt to hide behind religion as a way of avoiding responsibility for speech or actions that get people assaulted and killed.

          I disagree with you - their argument is not over the free speech provisions, but over the free exercise provisions. They want to be able to say anything in the pulpit - no matter how incendiary or otherwise illegal - and claim that their speech is religious in nature and therefore protected. I clearly cannot stand up as a non clergy person and advocate that my listeners go out and stone right wing preachers to to death. They believe that they should be able to make similar statements to their flocks against GLBT people as long as they can point to a religious text to justify it.

          "There is nothing like having to correct the spelling when somebody paints 'faggot' across your garage door." - Leon Carp

          by hpchicago on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 09:34:19 AM PDT

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  •  He said the same thing... (1+ / 0-)
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    hpchicago the early nineties when we got the FACE Act passed that cracked down on violent and lawless protests at abortion clinics.  He said it would have a "chilling effect" on peaceful law-abiding Christians who want to express their views on public sidewalks.  Well, fifteen years later, you can drive past clinics all across the country and see people protesting (mostly) peacefully, without being "chilled" in the least.  

    It's all about frightening his donors into opening their checkbooks one more time.

  •  You missed one (1+ / 0-)
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    It's about Pat Robertson shilling for the Republican conservative agenda under the cover of religion.

    Never forget that his dad was a US Senator and Pat is mighty disappointed no one votes for little Pat.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:36:58 AM PDT

  •  I'm not absolutely certain, but (0+ / 0-)

    I think Pat Robertson has retired and his son is now leading the flock.

    That aside, the game plan about using fear persecution works so well to unite the lemmings and we do have an election coming up.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 07:37:04 AM PDT

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