On Tuesday, televangelist Pat Robertson discussed the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins, focusing in particular on the backlash against ESPN commentator Chris Broussard, who condemned Collins for “openly living in unrepentant sin.” According to Roberts, there was nothing “bigoted” about Broussard’s decision to declare that Collins is not a Christian because of his sexuality:
ROBERTSON: It’s what Christianity says, ladies and gentlemen! Christianity says fornication is a sin. Somehow we’ve said if it’s heterosexual fornication, it’s bad; if it’s homosexual fornication — that used to be called an abomination in the Bible — now it’s a protected civil right. And so somebody that says that that kind of conduct is sinful is now being pilloried in the press. He’s telling the truth! This is what the Bible says!
Now, if you don’t’ want to be a Christian, that’s your business. If these media types, these writers, don’t want to be Christians, that’s their business. If they choose a lifestyle that takes them outside the protection of God, that’s fine. That’s their business. You can’t tell them if they want to go to hell or heaven, that’s their business. But don’t tell somebody that he can’t speak specifically about what the Christian faith says about certain conduct. There isn’t anything bigoted about that. That’s what it says.
So, our hat’s off to somebody who’s brave enough to say it. But, whew, let’s hope the people at ESPN will man up and defend their guy for speaking what is truth.
Much like Broussard compared homosexuality with adultery, Robertson’s comments infer that there is no form of homosexuality that is not fornication. Of course, applying such a subjective judgment to condemn a group of people is the very definition of bigotry. Robertson needn’t worry too much, however, because ESPN’s response to Broussard’s remarks fell well short of an apology.