The 700 Club, represented by the Reverend Pat Robertson, has made several controversial statements about how gayness is not something God approves of. In fact, in one of his speeches, he stated:
“This country cannot continue to violate God’s principles and to make a mockery of His laws and think we’re gonna get away with it. And when the boil comes, it’s going to be horrible.”
This theme continues on in many of his talks, underlining his very Christian belief that gay people will be punished and that support from the USA for the LGBT community must be put to a stop. He offers “redemption” done the 700 Club way; a sort of cleansing that will wash the gay away from those living a homosexual lifestyle.
However, during one of 700 Club’s Question and Answer portion, a viewer named Douglas inquired about what Reverend Pat Robertson thinks of certain Christian schools bullying LGBT students. His answer might surprise you.
“Well I think that’s terrible. Christians shouldn’t do that… I mean.. lesbian, gay, transgender, blah blah blah, I mean.. Christians shouldn’t do that. They ought to act in love.”
That last sentence, about acting in love, is in fact one of the core principles of the LGBT movement. Being free to love, as long as you harm none, and not being punished because of that love, is what gay people are fighting for. It is a universal right and should not be violated.
The Reverend went on to say:
“You may disagree, you may think these practices are an abomination, you can think all sorts of things, but you need to love, and reach out to these kids in love.”
To which his co-host replied: “Absolutely. Bullying is wrong – period.”
It is a great thing that, at least for a moment, bullying was defined as something that nobody has to go through no matter who they are, or what they represent, by the very same people who think being gay is fundamentally unacceptable. Bullying has, for a very long time, been dismissed and regarded as a playground staple; something you can expect to happen to you at one point and just have to learn to grin and bear.
Recent happenings have underscored how and why bullying must stop, especially in the context of the LGBT community. This article called Day Of Silence Aims To End LGBT Bullying In Schools narrates how anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools must be recognized and prevented. According to research:
A 2009 survey by GLSEN found that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30 percent have missed at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. Two of the top three reasons students said their peers were bullied because of actual or perceived sexual orientation, and the point of Day of Silence is to use the power of silence to make anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in America’s schools.