During a June 14 broadcast of The 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson said that liberals and Muslims should kill themselves while conservatives watch (video below).
According to RightWingWatch.org, Robertson was espousing his theory that liberals who support LGBT rights and Muslims are now supposedly torn between the two because a Muslim killed 49 people at a gay club in Orlando on June 12.
"The left is having a dilemma of major proportions and I think for those of us who disagree with some of their policies, the best thing to do is to sit on the sidelines and let them kill themselves," Robertson asserted.
After Robertson made his remarks, The 700 Club apparently faced its own dilemma and tweeted out this statement: "Dr. Robertson's commentary today about the left, gay and Muslim communities was clearly referring to politics - killing themselves politically. Any attempt by extreme left wing bloggers to portray these comments in another context is disingenuous."
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There hasn't been the political infighting that Robertson asserted, but there is outrage from conservatives who have accused liberals of supposedly choosing Islam over the lives of LGBT people, whose political goals conservatives tend to oppose.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas issued a statement on June 12 demanding that Democrats, who support gay rights, turn against Muslims, noted Business Insider:
For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians. ...
If you're a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.
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Earlier during The 700 Club, Robertson echoed Cruz and tried to create a dilemma for liberals:
We’re looking at a favored group by the left, the homosexuals, and that in Islam is punishable by death or imprisonment or some sanction, so what are the left going to do? How are they going to describe it? And they don’t know quite what to do now. The fact that this Islamic gentleman opens fire in a gay nightclub and kills almost 50 homosexuals, that says something and tells the fact that Islam is against homosexuality, so the liberals are going to be scrambling to find some rationale, I think they’re going to have a hard time doing it.
Various Democrats, Muslims, and LGBT groups have condemned the mass shooting in Orlando and called for stronger gun control laws, which House Speaker Paul Ryan blocked on June 13.