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Pat Robertson Created Group Behind Massive Anti-Gay Hate In Hawaii’s Marriage Hearings

by David Badash on November 5, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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If you’ve been watching the thousands of people testifying against same-sex marriage before the Hawaii Senate and House over the past week, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson. If you, like I, wondered why so much of the testimony sounded somewhat similar, why the same themes and attacks were raised by all those different people, why so many were having such challenges reading “their” testimony to lawmakers, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson. If you thought the sheer number of people exhibiting uncontrolled anti-gay hate was surprising, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson. And if you shuddered, cried, screamed, or threw things while hearing the vile lies expressed by countless “God-loving” Hawaiians, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson.

In 1989, Pat Robertson formed the Hawaii Christian Coalition, as part of his infamous far right wing nationwide organization, the Christian Coalition. There were chapters in 49 states, but the organization went into decline after financial difficulties. Robertson quit the group in 2001.

But his legacy and anti-gay hate persists.

The Christian Coalition of Hawaii proudly proclaims on its website:

Christian Coalition of America was formed in 1989 by Pat Robertson to give Christians a voice in government. We represent a growing group of nearly 2 million members and supporters who believe it is time for people of faith to once again have a voice in the conversation we call democracy.

On their front page (image, above,) if you visit it today, you can see their attacks on same-sex marriage, including this:

If you agree with me that this behavior, especially through marriage, will create a negative impact on our society, please call ALL those that want to legalize this lifestyle in opposition.

Physical Consequences of Homosexual Behavior

STDs
Every year, according to the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, homosexual males must be tested for:
• HIV
• HSV
• Syphilis*
• Rectal Gonorrhea
• Rectal Chlamydia
• Urethral CT & GC
• Pharyngeal Gonorrhea
*As of March 10, 2010, the Center for Disease Control reported 91-173 cases of syphilis per 100,000 men who have sex with men, compared to two cases per 100,000 other men, and one case per 100,000 women.1
In addition to being tested for STDs, homosexual males that have multiple partners which is about 97% of all homosexual males, every three to six months, the John Burns School of Medicine recommends that they are tested for Methamphetamine use.

But it’s an email blast from Hawaii Christian Coalition Chairman Garret Hashimoto that really points to their insidious attacks on marriage that have led to the 50-plus hours of anti-gay testimony since last week.

Bragging that they “were able to extend the hearing two additional days!,” the Hawaii Christian Coalition explained that for yesterday’s marriage hearing, they “need to drag the hearing out as long as possible but at least until 9:00 pm.”

Then, they offer this strategy, which violates House rules:

Anyone who submitted testimony and who received a number MUST SHOW UP ON MONDAY TO TESTIFY!  If they cannot make it, please find someone to show up on that person’s “behalf.” So for example, if John Doe has a number but cannot testify because he’s at work, he has Jane Smith show up on his behalf and read his testimony.  Jane is NOT REPLACING John’s testimony with her own but is reading his testimony to the group in order to waste time!  If you organize people from your churches who can stay at the capitol all day and “read testimony” on behalf of others, that may be a start.

But what is shocking is they then link to all 5100+ emails posted to the state government’s website. Emails of every person who submitted written comment or testimony for or against the same-sex marriage bill.

Ironically, an examination of the emails shows the majority are in support of the same-sex marriage bill.

“I would suggest you all go to the testimony on-line and search for anyone you know and personally ask him/her to show up.”

The anti-gay hate expressed in the hearings is deplorable, and clearly the effect of an organized, religion-based attack on the LGBT community.

And you can thank Pat Robertson for paving the way.

 

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{ 4 comments }

weshlovrcm November 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

As a Christian, I was shocked and disgusted by the vicious anti-gay hate and intimidation I saw displayed by the sinful crowd at the hearings. But it was clear to me that it was scripted and coached from somewhere in the darkness. Lo and behold, we see that greedy false prophets were behind it. It is true that money is the root of all evil. I pray that God once again smites these people and allows marriage equality to pass in Hawaii as a warning to them.

StanJames November 7, 2013 at 7:45 am

This is the same pat Roberson whose xtian values include saying of the terrible earthquake in Haiti

They deserved it. The pig is also a racist. Stamdard farre fpr the religious people who worshped slavery and segregation.

sdfrenchie November 6, 2013 at 3:17 am

It baffles me that these religious groups have become so very politically involved, an act that is against the rules of being a member of a tax exempt organization and, par for the course, no one is taking action against them. They need to have their tax exempt status revoked!

The sickening thing about all of this is that they're all so proud of themselves for this behavior. Thank heavens my car isn't able to drive up to Orange County. I'd love to have a face-to-face war of words with Pat Robertson. They thought they'd have their way when they were the Moral Majority. They've built up their strength and numbers since then and they're still a minority with the biggest mouths on the planet.

DarthEVaderCheney November 7, 2013 at 1:08 am

As a Ordained Christian minister, this type of behavior doesn't surprise me one bit, coming from the far RRR (Radical Religious Reich), better known as today's AcT (American christian Taliban). They are a disgrace to Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ!
I think the GLBT community almost needs to thank these irreligious people for paving a golden street to Marriage Equality in Hawai'i when it passes. To use the underhanded methods the conservative bigots use/used is beyond the pale. Thankfully, they ushered in full Equal rights for all GLBT persons this past week. May it be so.
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain (Ret.)

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