Monday, February 25, 2019

Pat Robertson's obsession with gay sex reminds us what the anti-LGBTQ right is all about

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Just like the relative you don't want anyone to know about, but the same relative whose presence knocks you down a peg when you get a bit too pretentious for your own britches, televangelist Pat Robertson just dealt a brutal blow to his comrades in the anti-LGBTQ right.

From Right Wing Watch:

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson called on Christians to warn politicians that anyone who “goes along with the gay agenda” will be “voted out of office,” and fumed that LGTBQ people are “willing to destroy the whole fabric of society” in order to ensure that “their weird way of doing sex is legitimized.” 
Robertson was outraged by a story about a Catholic adoption agency that had not had its contract renewed with the city of Philadelphia because the agency refused to abide by the city’s nondiscrimination policy. 
“The incredible thing about the homosexuals is they are willing to destroy lives and destroy the whole fabric of society so long as they and their weird way of doing sex is legitimized,” he said. “That’s what they want and they will take away everything; they will destroy marriage, they will destroy families, they will destroy, in this case, the foster children. They are willing to tear down the entire edifice in order to have the majority of people recognize the way they do sex.” 
“I think if Christians begin to speak out and insist that if some politician goes along with the gay agenda, that they’re going to be voted out of office,” Robertson added. “Once they get that message, they’ll start saying, ‘We want to listen to the majority of the people in our society.’ Until they do, that small minority is going to be dominating everything we do and every aspect of our lives.”

Now some of you are like "why give this old fossil any attention." But you miss the point.

Presently in the Trump Administration, there are a bunch of anti-LGBTQ activists  and groups who at one time, spoke openly the same way Robertson did. In the past, what they could imagine gay men doing sexually was the centerpiece of their messages. Things like this:

Some, like 'Porno' Pete LaBarbera or Linda Harvey, still do. But for the most part, groups like the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom and people like Tony Perkins have traded lurid stories of gay men engaging in more sex than humanly possible for cleaner, albeit, equally false anecdotes of gays putting attempting to put people out of business for not participating in  their marriage ceremonies or blatant lies about transgender youth exhibiting themselves in school locker rooms. So thank you Pat Robertson for reminding us about how, while the lies change, the demonizing and the appeals to fears don't.

In other words, when one lie becomes less plausible or shocking, another takes it place. And that's the thing the LGBTQ community misses out on when we don't remind people of that.  So when people like Pat Robertson accidentally does our work for us, let's spotlight it and add how it's simply and old fear tactic in a string of fear tactics by anti-LGBTQ activists.

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