Friday, October 30, 2009

According to Pat Robertson, Christians Are Crazy and Bloodthirsty

President Obama recently signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Pat Robertson is very upset. He believes that the law is bad news for Christians:
The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians to keep them from speaking out on certain moral issues. And it all was embodied in something called the Hate crimes bill that President Obama said was a major victory for America. I’m not sure if America was the beneficiary. . . .We have voted into office a group of people who are opposed to many of the fundamental Christian beliefs of our nation. And they hold to radical ideology, and they are beginning put people sharing their points of view into high office. And not only that, they not only have control of both houses of Congress.
Assuming that people who believe Pat Robertson have the capacity to read, here is the actual language from the statute that addresses "hate crimes" committed on the basis of sexual orientation (and other categories):
Whoever . . . willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person. . . [shall be liable for criminal penalties stated in this legislation].
So, in order to believe Robertson, one must also believe that Christians, by definition, want to "willfully" cause "bodily injury" to people in the listed categories. Robertson's grotesque logic also requires the listener to ignore the fact that the law also protects Christians -- and everyone else -- from religion-based violence.

Earth to Robertson: Your blatant lies are a bigger threat to Christianity than this legislation.


JanetStorms said...

Pat Robertson vs. Larry Flynt debating about prostitution on radio show.

liberal dissent said...

Robertson and his colleagues represent a cultural ideology, not a religious one; it's a right-wing, paranoid conservatism masquerading as religion.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

LD: And making a lot of $$$ doing so.

Sue said...

one conservative blogger I know did a post on the hatecrimes bill. They hate it because they say all crime is hatebased so why have a specific law just for biased hate. Oh well, they find fault in every single thing dems do so I just ignore the ignorance from the right, they are the WRONG!!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Sue: Doesn't that defy all of their rhetoric about terrorism? Violence = a crime = terrorism PLUS hatred/political ideology.

liberal dissent said...

Robertson has even lobbied on behalf of Mobutu and Charles Taylor; coincidentally he owns a diamond mine in Zaire and a gold mine in Liberia.

As for hate crimes laws, I actually have issues with it myself. But I also have issues with the legal emotionalism attached to terrorism laws, so I like to think I'm at least consistent.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

LD: It is great to be consistent. I question the deterrent effect of hate crimes laws, but I also question the deterrent effect of many other aspects of the criminal justice system. Nevertheless, I do not believe the criminal justice system represents a noose around the necks of Christians.

liberal dissent said...

My main problem is I do think it is attempting to legislate thought to a degree that makes me very uncomfortable. While I agree there needs to be some level of emotion analysis in determining the mens rea element, but I think this goes too far past looking at passion or anger and drifts into the realm of analyzing philosophy and ideology and basic psychological makeup.

And obviously no, I don't think this is aimed at Christians.

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