‘The last thing I’d do is condemn you’ | slacktivist
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Robertson always sees a connection between natural disasters and those people he views as Those People — gays, liberals, evolutionists, atheists, Pagans and women who have sex. His scapegoating condemnations have become so routine that I’ve come to think of them as just another part of natural disaster. Earthquakes are followed by aftershocks, and both earthquakes and hurricanes are followed by appalling pronouncements by Pat Robertson.
If you mute the TV and ignore the substance of his comments, you can almost view Robertson’s reflexive blaming as a kind of “all-clear” signal showing that the worst of the storm has passed. “The wind is dying down a bit and, oh, look, there’s Pat Robertson saying this is all gay people’s fault — I think we’re out of danger.”
But it’s not really that easy to ignore the substance of Robertson’s hateful post-tragedy statements. If you love God, or if you love GLBT people, or if you love both God and people, then it’s not easy to ignore Robertson’s habitual suggestion that every natural disaster is the product of a petty, reckless, sloppy god indiscriminately pouring out wrathful destruction due to some divine “gay panic” defense. That’s blasphemy. And the scapegoating of GLBT people as the alleged focus of this poorly aimed divine wrath invites Robertson’s many followers to imitate his churlish god by directing their own animus toward Those People as well.
Robertson’s post-disaster ritual thus isn’t just abstractly hateful, it’s tangibly hurtful.
Just once, I’ve often said, just once I’d like to see this guy respond with a little humility in the wake of human tragedy. I’d like to see him rendered speechless and incapable of glibly dismissive “explanations” — not rushing to judge others by imagining some direct and specific causal link between suffering and supposed sins. Just once I’d like to hear him say, “I don’t know.” I’d like to see him withhold blame and judgment and simply mourn with those who mourn.
And, just once, I finally got to see this.
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