It wouldn’t be an official human disaster without Pat Robertson saying something heartless about its genesis in behavior that he does not approve of. Who can forget the on-air colloquy between Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell in which the two great religious leaders agreed that 9/11 was likely the product of God’s wrath at America for allowing abortion and homosexuality?
And so this came as no great surprise (via Right Wing Watch):
Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson reacted to the massacre at an Orlando gay club by making the absurd claim that liberal LGBT rights advocates have aligned themselves with radical Islamists and are now reaping what they have sowed.
Robertson said that liberals are facing a “dilemma” because they love both LGBT equality and Islamic extremism, and that it is better for conservatives like himself not to get involved but to instead just watch the two groups kill each other.
“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,” he said.
At least we can be assured that Robertson’s analysis of the situation is based on a deep knowledge of Islam:
Robertson went on to criticize President Obama for being soft on terrorism and sticking to “the narrative” that Islam is not inherently violent, irresponsibly ignoring the fact that “radical Islam is in the religion of Islam.”
He added that the issue of homosexuality and the Islamic world is “a murky picture” because Lawrence of Arabia may have spent the night with a sheikh who tried to “perform homosexual acts” on him.
Something tells me Robertson’s understanding of Islam comes mainly from Hollywood, which is ironic.