The irascible Pat Robertson is back, sharing his own form of home-spun wisdom in the form of a warning to Democrats. It seems the announcement that gay rights will be a focal point of the dems campaign, and will garner special mention at the upcoming Democratic National Convention doesn’t sit well with Roberts. In his opinion, the decision to carry the banner for this particular issue is akin to political suicide.
“For the Democrats to go out on that limb, it just seems like to me that they are further alienating themselves from the mainstream of America,” Robertson said. “If that’s what they want to do, fine, but it will mean the death knell of their party, it seems like to me, and of course that’s what they’re doing but maybe they have a death wish.”
(For those unfamiliar with the term, a knell is the sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially for a death or a funeral).
If recent polls are any indication, Robertson’s information is not exactly the feeling shared by much of the country. According to a poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 48 percent of the overall public supports same-sex marriage, while only 44 percent oppose it. Among Democrats, 65 percent support the right of gay couples to marry. Somewhat of a contradiction to Robertson’s slant on what America really wants considering the poll also shows that support for same-sex marriage has increased by nine percentage points, while opposition has decreased by seven percentage points over the past 4 years.
Robertson is no stranger to controversy over his comments; especially when it comes to GLBT rights. He has publically compared homosexuality to “demonic possession,” claimed legalizing gay marriage would result in a “downward slide” toward bestiality and child molestation, and even suggested, bizarrely, that gay marriage would lead to “angel rape.” One of his most famous rants was the opinion he shared two days after the 911 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center with the late Reverend Jerry Falwell. On his program he and Falwell placed the blame for the 911 attacks squarely on the shoulders of “the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians, who are actively trying to make an alternative lifestyle.”
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