Thursday, 700 Club host and televangelist Pat Robertson told one of his viewers that she should be concerned about letting lesbians in her house, because “you don’t want your children to grow up as lesbians.”
Robertson received an email from a viewer named Catherine. Here’s what it said:
Growing up, I had a best friend. We parted ways after high school. Ten years later, we got back in touch. I am really glad to see her because I’ve always thought of her as a sister. But recently, I invited her to meet my children. She said yes – and asked if she could bring her “partner.”
I said,” Okay.” I know that my friend’s family has shunned her because of her lifestyle, and I don’t want to be like that. I want to show love – but I don’t want her to think I’m okay with her ways. And I don’t feel comfortable having her around my children. Should I keep this friendship?
The response I would offer to Catherine is this.
– If you allow straight couples around your children, I don’t see the harm in inviting a gay couple around your children. Eventually, your children will meet people who are different from themselves. It’s a part of life. You said you were excited to see her until she said she had a partner, so why change now? You are also already aware of her sexuality and have already stated that you didn’t want to be like her family who shunned her, so here’s your chance. Have her and her partner over and enjoy yourselves. Besides, you’re not just inviting lesbians over, you’re inviting friends over. Remember, acceptance is a form of showing love. –
Again, that’s what I would tell her, but let’s see what Robertson tells her.
You keep love, you loved her, you were close and your influence may have something significant to her, the idea is that you don’t gain anything by shunning, but you don’t want your children to grow up as lesbians, that’s what you’re talking about. You don’t want to show them that that’s an acceptable lifestyle for your family.
It doesn’t hurt to tell somebody, “Look, I love you and we’re going to do what we can to be friends if we can, but I have my lifestyle, it’s Christian. And you have yours, it’s not. And so, I’m sorry, we can’t indulge in certain things together.”
To hear Robertson’s entire statement, please check out the video below.
(via Right Wing Watch)