This is Why People Think Christians Hate Gays.
This is Why People Think Christians Hate Gays.
Liberals have eagerly jumped onto the “no hate” bandwagon after the Orlando shooting. They’re blaming Christians, they’re blaming guns — doing everything they can to not call it what it was: an act of Islamic terrorism, perpetrated by an ISIS operative. It’s frustrating for countless conservatives to have to hear the endless parade liberals pointing the finger at Christians, most of whom were heartbroken over the shooting and not only denounced it, but organized blood drives, prayer vigils, and more. But then there are the idiots who have to open their mouths and make liberals think that every single one of their biases against Christians are not due to prejudice, but fact. Pat Robertson is the latest Christian to be that idiot.
For those not familiar with Robertson, he’s a former Southern Baptist minister who founded an array of organizations: Regent University, the Christian Broadcasting Network, ABC Family (now Freeform), and many more. He’s also the host of “the 700 Club”, a news magazine-style show, and is notable for his conservative views. So when he responded to the Orlando shooting by saying that we should just sit back and let the left’s two allies — the LGBT lobby and Muslims — kill themselves, well… liberals are understandably having a field day. Watch for yourself:
One more time, I want to mention that this is a religious belief, it is deeply ingrained in the people, and for our president refuses to acknowledge it, when the Secretary of State, now the Democratic nominee for, uh, president, refuses to acknowledge, and says that this is a slur against, quote, a great religion. This is nonsense. This is what this great religion teaches. And it’s right in the [unintelligible] of Islam. So, uh, whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is. The left is having a dilemma of major proportions and, uh, I think for those of us who, um, ah, you know, disagree with some of their policies, the best thing to do is to sit — sit on the sidelines and let them kill themselves.
What person in their right mind would ever think it was a good idea to respond to the deadliest shooting in American history by saying that we should just sit back and let the gays and Muslims kill themselves? And we wonder why it is that liberals are able to point the finger at Christians and say that we hate gay people. 99% of us may condemn the shooting and slam idiotic remarks like these, but then one moron comes forward and says something stupid, and we’re ten steps backwards again.
And unsurprisingly, the CBN immediately came forward to say oh no no, that’s not what he meant!
Please view The 700 Club's official statement regarding the context of Pat Robertson's comments on today's show. pic.twitter.com/qgL7AvwXaM
— The 700 Club (@700club) June 14, 2016
OK, so, after a mass shooting, the best metaphor Pat Robertson can come up with is one of gays and Muslims killing each other? Really?? That was a monumentally stupid decision, and the pathetic excuse they came up with — that people just took it out of context — only makes it worse.
Of course, Robertson wasn’t the only one to go and say something stupid. A Baptist pastor in California said something even worse:
Today, people say like, aren’t you sad that 50 sodomites died? Here’s the problem with that. It’s like, the equivalent of asking me, you know, when are you asking me, ‘Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?’ Um… no, I think that’s great. I, I, I think that helps society. You know? I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight! Now that 50 — you know, the tragedy is that more of them didn’t die! I mean, the tragedy is — I’m, I’m, I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job! … There’s no tragedy! I wish the gunman would round them all up, put them up against the firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out!
That little gem came from Pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento. The same sentiment was echoed by Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful World Baptist Church in Phoenix.
And really, we have to wonder why people think Christians hate gay people? Really?
The tragic thing is, most Christians absolutely don’t hate gay people. True Christians, who actually have the love of Christ in their hearts, reacted much differently:
Christian, your gay or lesbian neighbor is probably really scared right now. Whatever our genuine disagreements, let's love and pray.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 12, 2016
Most Christians aren’t filled with hatred and venom, even towards people we disagree with. Christians can disagree with gay marriage, and yet still love gay people. We’re called to be symbols of Christ in the world, to pray for them and to treat them — and everyone else — with kindness and love. That’s exactly what most Christians have done in the wake of the Orlando shooting, but all it takes is a few bad apples, like Robertson and Jimenez, to spoil it for all of us.
And this is where Christians have an opportunity. What should happen here is fairly obvious. Given how offensive and horrific these statements were, CBN should force Robertson to step down as host of the 700 Club, instead of making excuses for his abhorrent remarks. The same should happen for Jimenez and Anderson’s respective churches. And Christians should strongly condemn them as well. Because this is not who we are. This is not what Christ stood for, and as long as we allow these people to speak for us, then the left can continue to feel justified in saying that Christians spread hate.