You say I should somehow validate them because they come from "beliefs"? Or that he can hold such opinions while still treating said "insolent arrogant heartless faithless senseless ruthless evil-inventing" God haters with love? Oh, yeah. Sure. I believe that.Robertson made similar remarks in a religious speech given two years before the series began its run on cable network A&E.
The speech posted on video-sharing website YouTube in February 2010 shows Robertson addressing a supper at Berean Bible Church in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and condemning homosexuals in the 45-minute talk that touched on the U.S. Constitution and secularization of American society.
"They (homosexuals) committed indecent acts with one another," said Robertson, clad in his usual camouflage, in the video posted on the church's YouTube page, which has drawn fresh attention in the wake of Robertson's suspension from one of the most-watched shows on cable television.
"And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion," he added. "They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil."
Why do you think the Bible talks about not hating your brother in your heart? When you hate your brother in your heart, then it's easier for you to hate him enough to stick a knife in HIS heart. He assassinated the character of any self-identified gay person with those comments, and it's difficult to believe he can harbor such disgust and judgment for a group of people while still somehow "loving them" as people.
I don't see a distinction, except that you're willing to whitewash someone who spouts prejudice and hatred out of religious conviction versus someone who is just spouting prejudice and hatred out of personal conviction.I think that distinction is very important.
....But in the end, the whole thing is yet one more sociopolitical drama playing out in the public sphere, to occupy idle minds for a few days until the next drama comes around. We've seen these kinds of things before. We'll see them again. That's what happens when the media becomes 24/7.