Pat Robertson was doing his usual news roundup on The 700 Club yesterday when he came across the most controversial story of the day. Somehow, it didn’t involve Donald Trump, Omarosa, or anything political.
It was about story time for little kids.
Robertson was freaked out because there are some places that hold “Drag Queen Story Hour” in which drag queens do the reading. It took mere minutes for him to go from outright disgust at the thought of it to warning viewers about how we’re all going to Hell by allowing it.
“This next story should shock the daylights out of you and you ought to do something about it,” Robertson vented. “It’s an outrage. Little teeny children as young as two years-old being exposed cross-dressers, homosexuals who dress up as women and are called so-called drag queens … They’re men acting like women — and they used to, out in San [Francisco], used to call them ‘he-shes’ — and they’re reading books to children.”
“You’d better get outraged about this,” he added.
“If you read the Bible, there were a couple of cities where they actually, the men tried to have sex with angels who were then as male figures and God destroyed those cities,” Robertson said following the segment. “The crime was called, subsequent to that, it was called sodomy. This whole thing is just an outrage. It’s an affront in the eyes of God and I think that’s what we’re trying to do is stick our fingers in God’s eyes and say, ‘Okay Lord, you thought you were making people men and women … but we’re going to fix it so that we’re going to confuse the sexes, we’re going to confuse everything that you’re doing and then, if we have offspring as a result of our sexual activity out of marriage, we’re going to kill the offspring and we’ll stick our fingers in your eye to show you who’s boss.’”
“The United States of America is on very slippery ground,” he warned. “How is [God] going to bless America if we put our finger in his eyes repeatedly? And that’s what we’re doing. It’s not just some library that is going to be in trouble, it’s the whole population when God brings judgment.”
You would think he’d appreciate anyone reading to kids…
A lot of conservatives have had aneurysms over these events, but the actual purpose of them is to celebrate diversity, helps kids look beyond gender stereotypes, accept differences, and prevent bullying. It’s not surprising that people like Robertson don’t know or don’t care about those things. Their reaction is precisely why these events are useful.
Not that it matters, but the event precipitating his rant took place in a Georgia library, and the library didn’t organize it. An outside group requested the public space, and like any community group, the library gave them permission to use it.
(via Right Wing Watch)