Sunday, June 14, 2009

Robertson Connects Protecting Gays To Sex With Ducks

Naturally, Pat Robertson finds the passage of a hate crimes bill providing federal protection to gay and transgendered Americans to be "controversial." He doesn't comprehend the common sense, humane approach of Representative Alcee Hastings (D) of Florida: "No person should live in fear of violence because of who they are." Robertson has his own, unique spin on the subject, shown at the end of the following video:

Roberston: Ladies and gentleman, just figure this. You've got somebody, he's really weird, and his sexual orientation is he likes to have sex with ducks. Is he protected under hate crimes? Is he protected if he likes to have sex with little boys? They haven't made that clear. It's sexual orientation which he said covers about 30 different pathologies. What are we going to do about that?

Well. I must admit that Robertson has mentioned an area of sexuality that I never knew about. He can, of course, read the bill and see if those who lust after ducks are protected. Somehow I doubt it, according to a description of the bill:

Victims of violence who are gay would enjoy new federal protections under a hate-crimes bill approved by the House... But it is by no means clear that the measure will become law, at least any time soon.

The vote was 249 to 175, with most Democrats voting in favor and most Republicans against. The bill, H.S. 1913, defines hate crimes as those motivated by prejudice and based on a victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

I also doubt that Robertson would support federal protections of gays under a hate crimes bill even if he found out that there are no provisions for duck rapists. What I don't doubt is that Robertson considers homosexuality among the "30 different pathologies."

In their music video, Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome and Kate "Oates" Micucci respond to the connection Robertson made between gay rights and sex with ducks:

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