Pat Robertson is a liar and hypocrite
There are few things I am more loath to do than criticize the content of any other person’s character. Insofar as I am able to live according to my own ideals, I try to give other people the benefit of the doubt. If it is possible to think well of someone, I will strive to do so to the greatest extent possible.
I do not know Pat Roberson. I have never met him, and have little expectation that I ever will. No doubt he has many wonderful characteristics. However, I will tell you now that he is a liar and a hypocrite. His much-vaunted Christianity is built on sand, and his status as a moral leader is fraudulent.
Why? This (via TPM):
Televangelist Pat Robertson claimed on his show, the “700 Club,” on Tuesday that gay people in San Francisco have deliberately spread AIDS using rings designed to cut people, according to a video published by Right Wing Watch.
“You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they’ve got the stuff, they’ll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said in the video. “Really. I mean it’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
This is a lie. It is an utter, unmitigated falsehood. There is not an syllable of truth in it.
The calumny that gay people are out to spread AIDS deliberately is one of the most vicious falsehoods I have ever heard. I heard it in the evangelical church of my youth, and fool that I am I assumed that it had died long ago. It is as poisonous as any lie promulgated by the Third Reich.
Whatever the content of his soul, it is between Pat Robertson and his God. I cannot presume to speak for the sincerity of his faith. But I will tell you now that a man so flagrantly willing to disregard the penultimate Commandment has no business holding himself out as a moral authority. Whatever judgment awaits him in the life to come I cannot say, but he deserves the full weight of our condemnation here and now.