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Pat Robertson Calls Anti-Gay NY Clerk a 'Prisoner of Conscience', Same-Sex Marriage an 'Abomination': VIDEO


In a 700 Club segment yesterday, Pat Robertson defended Rose MArie Belforti, the Ledyard, NY clerk who refuses to sign same-sex marriage licenses (and won reelection yesterday!), calling her a prisoner of conscience and same-sex marriage an "abomination", Right Wing Watch reports.

Said Robertson:

"Isn’t it a shame that this kind of thing has come up. It’s what the Bible calls an abomination. It’s one thing to say these folks should have all the freedom and all the rights of any citizen, that’s the American way, but marriage particularly is a sacrament of the church and the fact that they have civil ceremonies and civil clerks that sign licenses it’s not the same thing as marriage. And the homosexuals want to have the imprimatur of the church on their lifestyle, that’s what this is all about. They don’t want to have anybody say what they’re doing is sinful. So these clerks have stand up as prisoners of conscience and it looks like a steamroller is taking them out of the way, but we’ll see what happens. You know, sometimes a few brave people have changed the course of history."


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  1. "It’s what the Bible calls an abomination" says this too-old-to-still-be-alive Christofascist homophobic money-begging TV preacher. To that I add: well, old man Robertson, it takes one to know one. Ya, that's right, it's in your Bible. Look it up.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 9, 2011 9:09:53 AM

  2. Oh just DIE already!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Nov 9, 2011 9:09:58 AM

  3. Since Mr. Robertson supposedly knows the Bible so well, he should know the difference between the Holiness Code and the Moral Code. btw, there's absolutely no way any Hebrew word can mean "as with" and this term is translated to 'bed' every other time it's used in Leviticus.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 9, 2011 9:12:33 AM

  4. Did you get all the diamonds out of Africa that you wanted Pat or are we still trading the book of fairy tales for precious gems?

    Posted by: nick | Nov 9, 2011 9:19:05 AM

  5. All the money he fleeces from poor, naive suckers is what keeps him alive.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 9, 2011 9:25:26 AM

  6. Know what else is an abomination, Mr. Robertson? Your haircut (no peyes), your lack of a beard, the absence of tzitzit on your clothing, the fact you're not wearing a hat (let alone a kippa), your surf and turf dinner, your ham sandwich, and the fact that you allowed your wife to sleep in your bed when she had her period and after she gave birth.

    You chose to ignore tons of Levitical laws, jackass. Don't get your panties in a twist because other people choose to ignore more of them.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Nov 9, 2011 9:31:07 AM

  7. still waiting for ol' Pat to take his LONG OVERDUE Eternal Dirt Nap....

    Posted by: Gay American | Nov 9, 2011 9:37:25 AM

  8. Science Flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings.

    Posted by: DearComrade | Nov 9, 2011 9:38:38 AM

  9. "You know, sometimes a few brave people have changed the course of history."

    Damn straight!
    Which is why it is now legal in:
    South Africa
    Mexico City
    Washington DC
    New Hampshire
    New York

    And soon many more!

    Posted by: oliver | Nov 9, 2011 9:42:49 AM

  10. "And the homosexuals want to have the imprimatur of the church on their lifestyle, that’s what this is all about."

    um, no. dumbass. never asked you.

    Posted by: doug | Nov 9, 2011 9:55:13 AM

  11. No problem with her dealing with marriage in a CHURCH, dear old deluded Pat. She is a civil servant in a country with the separation of church and state. This is not a theocracy.

    Posted by: DenguyFL | Nov 9, 2011 10:09:56 AM

  12. "They don’t want to have anybody say what they’re doing is sinful.

    Sorry...I don't need a gov't bureaucrat lecturing me on what the bible says or does not say. Would Pat or Rose like a Wiccan traffic officer lecturing him?

    Posted by: Scott C. | Nov 9, 2011 10:18:44 AM

  13. Why wont Dr.Zaius die already!

    Posted by: zo | Nov 9, 2011 10:19:35 AM

  14. Some people still follow him. Sad.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 9, 2011 10:20:52 AM

  15. Pat Roberson is a senile old coot, a poster-child for bigots and a really sore loser.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 9, 2011 10:23:34 AM

  16. Years back, Pat announced in one of his books that the entire population of China was going to convert en masse to Christianity. When that happens, I'll admit Pat might know something worth paying attention to. Until than...nah.

    Posted by: jomicur | Nov 9, 2011 10:34:02 AM

  17. How can he fix his mouth to call marriage a sacrament? Protestants only believe in two sacraments, baptism and holy communion. Marriage is only a sacrament to Catholics and Orthodox Christians. But Roberts rushes to embrace Popish superstition the moment the gays are at the door.

    Also, Protestants don't issue imprimaturs, only Catholic bishops do.

    Looks like old Pat has been taken a turn in front of the mirror in a purple dress.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 9, 2011 10:34:09 AM

  18. Well yesterday

    Pat Robertson's Regent University" graduate Tom Gordy lost by 10% to Dem Collgan for Virginia state senate

    LOL People are not buying the BS in Pat's own backyard (Pat and Regent in Va beach Virginia)

    Posted by: say what | Nov 9, 2011 10:35:55 AM

  19. One man's Sin, is another man's Happy Ending!

    Posted by: mytwocents | Nov 9, 2011 10:37:28 AM

  20. I just don't get.

    She's a civil servant not a Pope.

    She'd have more credibility if she had refused to issue marriage licenses to divorced couples, Jews, Mormons and even Catholics since none of those religions conform to her own personal religious beliefs.

    The fact that she decided that only gay marriage went against her personal beliefs belies her own protestations about religious freedom.

    To her, religious freedom is her freedom to act as a bigot.

    Posted by: Continuum | Nov 9, 2011 10:44:23 AM

  21. well this "prisoner of conscience" has a very easy way to break free of her "prison", she can quit the job that "forces" her to go against her values. She has the choice to go work for, oh, I don't know, a church?? Then she wouldn't have to compromise her selectively religious views.

    Posted by: mark | Nov 9, 2011 12:15:56 PM

  22. "Oh Mr. Robertson, it's time for your dirt nap." What a money grubbing bigot.

    Posted by: JJ | Nov 9, 2011 2:37:31 PM

  23. if the witch has a problem w ith her conscience let her quit. she is being by the taxpayers not a church. as for patty cakes he is long over due to meet his maker. somebody should show god isn't exactly pleased with bible belt as witnessed by earthquakes and tornados in the heart of the bible belt. watch out pat time for a lightning bolt.

    Posted by: walter | Nov 9, 2011 9:26:48 PM

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