“The 700 Club” host Pat Robertson claimed on Oct. 1 that gay people and the "left" want to “persecute anybody who disagrees with them” with bankruptcy and jail (video below).
Robertson made his statements in response to a report about Christians - Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis and Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman - who have faced legal consequences for discriminating against LGBT people, notes RightWingWatch.org.
What they want to do is persecute anybody who disagrees with them. They want those people bankrupted. They want those people put in jail. Is that what the left wants? The answer is "absolutely" It is vindictive now.
We’re not talking about having rights from the "poor oppressed gays." We’re talking about taking away the freedoms of everybody who disagrees with them.
Now, do we want that in America? And don't you think it's time people stand up and say, "Listen, we’ve got to make a stand for these people."
And if they're not, they’re being pilloried in the press, they’re being laughed at in the press because the press is in league with the gay rights people and they somehow think this is a civil rights issue.
They better be careful with what they’re doing because they’re taking away the rights of everybody.
In reality, no one has faced any legal problems for simply disagreeing about homosexuality, but rather for discriminatory actions towards gay people that violate the law. Those who discriminate against LGBT people often use a religious freedom defense.
Religious freedom was also the defense used by restaurant owner Maurice Bessinger, who wanted to ban black people from his barbecue restaurants after the 1964 Civil Rights Act banned racial discrimination. He lost his case in an unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1968.
Bessinger found himself boycotted in 2000 and had his mustard barbecue sauce pulled by the U.S. military and Walmart for giving out pro-slavery tracts at his South Carolina headquarters, noted The State.
Bessinger insisted that South Carolina once had “Biblical slavery,” which was not as bad as other types of slavery, and claimed he was persecuted by the media in his 2001 biography entitled, “Defending My Heritage.”