Following the City of Houston's ill-advised move to subpoena a bunch of local pastors, we were treated to a smorgasbord of outrage. On one end of the spectrum, the Chron's more mild-mannered editorial board called the subpoenas "Orwellian." Glenn Beck, meanwhile, rage-wept that the situation was "more dangerous to the Republic of Texas than Ebola."
Televangelist Pat Robertson -- who thinks an earthquake ravaged Haiti because of a pact with the devil (for real) -- first called local proponents of LGBT rights "terrorists." But even last week's announcement from Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman that they would drop the controversial subpoenas wasn't enough to calm Robertson, who followed up with his own unhinged "message" for Houston that, naturally, involves a deadly tale of biblical gang rape.
As so often happens when you dive into the Old Testament, Robertson's bible lesson takes a quick, dark turn when he starts in on Judges 19-20, which recounts how the almighty ordered the destruction of an entire town that defended a group of, as Robertson describes them, "militant homosexuals."
Here's the Bible-Time-With-Pastor-Pat version, brought to you by the folks at Right Wing Watch: A man took his concubine to visit the town of Gibeah, where they stayed with a local guy who took them in. But once the couple got settled, in Robertson's explanation, "a group of militant homosexuals came banging on his door and said, 'We want that man so that we can have sex with him.'" So, of course, the man instead sent out his concubine to be ravaged by the gay horde. ("Now that's pretty sexist, but nevertheless that's what's in the Bible," says Robertson). The "homosexuals" then raped the woman to death.
So, at god's request, the Israelites rose up, annihilated the town and its inhabitants, and even "killed all the women," Roberston says. Oh, and the guy cut up his dead concubine into 12 pieces and sent the body parts across the land -- because how else do you mend a grieving Old Testament heart?
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"It was a complete mess," Robertson says. "Why? Because they had defended these rapist homosexuals. Is that a message for Houston? For someplace else in America? Well it's in the bible."