Pat Robertson: The gay rights movement is Satan's doing

The televangelist also explains why Jesus would never bake a cake for a same-sex wedding

Published March 26, 2014 8:04PM (EDT)

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson

Televangelist and former GOP presidential candidate Pat Robertson was in fine form on Wednesday, explaining to viewers of his long-running TV show, "The 700 Club," why Jesus would have never baked a cake for a same-sex wedding and how Satan is to blame for the gay rights movement.

"I think you got to remember from the Bible, if you look carefully at the Bible what would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death," Robertson explained. "So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in, because they wouldn’t have been there."

"But we don't have that in this country here," Robertson said, with a tinge of regret. "So that's the way it is."

While it's fair to guess that Robertson, like most of us, enjoys cake, there was another reason for this soliloquy; namely, Robertson's outrage over a nearly four-month-old story about a Colorado man who was sued for refusing to sell a same-sex couple a cake to celebrate their being recently married in Massachusetts. This is a big, big story among the religious right and is ostensibly the motivation behind Arizona's controversial SB 1062 and other bills like it.

Despite having cut the gordian knot of Jesus' cake baking inclinations by citing the stone-to-death protocols of Jews 2,000 years ago, Robertson wasn't done with his history lesson. "Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have to recognize what I said a few years ago," he continued, "[during Jesus' time], homosexual marriage was condemned, homosexuality itself was considered a pathology and now those that are practicing that activity have turned and become the oppressors of those who hold deeply-held religious points of view."

"The tables have turned,” he added.

How to explain this dramatic reversal in a mere 2,000-plus years? Robertson explained that, at heart, the gay rights movement — as well as the pro-choice movement — was about denying "the reproduction of the species." This could only mean one thing: Satan is to blame.

"Why? What is it about gays? What is it about abortion? Have you ever thought why they’re on the forefront right now?" Robertson asked. "Both of them deny the reproduction of human species,” he explained. "An abortion ... kills a baby in the womb," he said. Homosexuality, on the other hand, according to Robertson, is “a meaningless exercise because it doesn’t go anywhere."

He continued: “The Devil is trying to say, ‘I’m going to destroy your progeny any way I can. If you will kill your babies, that’s fine, I’m with you; if you will deny the chance of having babies, that’s fine too; but I want to destroy your opportunities to reproduce.’”

“It’s a very serious thing," Robertson went on to say, "and we’re not talking about it, and we need to as a society, we have to realize where the attack is coming because it is definitely an attack.”

You can watch Robertson lay bare Satan's nefarious schemes below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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