On The 700 Club today Rev. Pat Robertson wondered aloud if the recently passed hate crimes bill protected somebody who was really weird, or someone who likes to have sex with little boys, because according to the far right all homosexuals are pedophiles.
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
After the report Robertson said, “Ladies and gentleman just figure this, you’ve got somebody who’s really weird, and his sexual orientation is he likes to have sex with ducks. Is he protected under hate crime? Is he protected if he likes to have sex with little boys? They haven’t made that clear. It’s sexual orientation, which is said covers about 30 different pathologies, and what are we going to do about that?”
Robertson is deceptively framing the bill as a pedophile protection act, when the truth is that the bill expands federal assistance to state and local governments who are prosecuting hate crimes. In the legislation, a hate crime is considered to be a crime that, “is motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or tribal hate crime laws.”
Robertson is all worked up over the phrase sexual orientation because he does not want to see homosexuals have any rights or protections. In essence, he is saying that it alright to murder a homosexual. Think about that for a second. This is a man who claims to be a Christian, yet he wants to discriminate against and vilify a segment of the population in the name of God.
The legislative definition of sexual orientation has doesn’t include pedophilia. It never has. Sexual orientation is defined as the attraction of an individual to members of the same, opposite, or both sexes. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with pedophilia. Pat Robertson has long been an example of the hateful and intolerant segment of the GOP. Robertson uses the Bible to spread hate, and is a disgrace to organized religion.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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