Pat Robertson defended ESPN host Chris Broussard on the 700 Club ttoday, after Broussard said yesterday that NBA player Jason Collins was “walking in open rebellion to God” for being gay (video below).
Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated op-ed published online Monday.
“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” Broussard said. “So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would characterize them as a Christian.”
According to MediaMatters.org, Robertson said today: “Somehow we’ve said if it’s heterosexual fornication, it’s bad. If it’s homosexual fornication, that used to be called an abomination in the Bible, now it’s a protected civil right. And so somebody that says that that kind of conduct is sinful is now being pilloried in the press. He’s telling the truth. This is what the Bible says.”
“You can’t tell them if they want to go to hell or heaven, that’s their business,”added Robertson. “But don’t tell somebody that he can’t speak specifically about what the Christian faith says about certain conduct. There isn’t anything bigoted about that.”
ESPN said on Monday that the network regretted “that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news... ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement,” according to the Washington Post.
Collins' former fiancee Carolyn Moos told TMZ.com that Collins explained everything to her last weekend and said that homosexuality was the real reason that he ended things with her.