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Pat Robertson: 'Ungodly' Gay People Have 'Destroyed Marriage' And Christians Who Don't Discriminate Are 'Mixed Up' - VIDEO

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Old windbag Pat Robertson was perturbed earlier this week by the notion that Christians would be better served by reeling in the anti-gay hate.

Robertson - who believes all gay people are "recruited" or molested - was replying to a 700 Club viewer who questioned why some Christians believe they have the right to “refuse service to others because they don’t agree with their lifestyle," reports Right Wing Watch. The viewer added that such actions won’t “bring them closer to Jesus.”

However, Pat said the viewer was "mixed up" and insisted that Jesus himself would refuse service to gay people rather than participating in an “ungodly lifestyle.”

He then went on to reference the good book:

“If somebody gives you meat and doesn’t say anything about it, then you eat the meat; but if he says ‘this is meat offered to idols,’ then you don’t eat it because you don’t want to participate in idol worship.”

Thanks for clearing that up, Pat.

In a separate clip, a caller asks Roberson advice on what to do with a gay son who is planning on having a child with his husband. 

“This so-called lifestyle — I just can’t believe it," Robertson exclaimed. "They have tried to destroy marriage.” 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last month, Robertson said that catering for same-sex weddings is like servicing man-dog weddings.

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Bob Jones Apologizes for 'Reckless' Statement Calling for Gays to Be Stoned to Death in 1980

JonesBob Jones III, the former president of the private, fundamentalist Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, has issued a public apology for comments made in 1980 calling for gays to be stoned to death.

Jones, who was attending a White House meeting at the time with other fundamentalist pastors to pressure then President Carter to not extend Civil Rights Act provisions to gay Americans, said:

"I'm sure this will be greatly misquoted, but it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel's day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands."

This past week, BJUnity, a support group for LGBT BJU students, delivered a change.org petition to the university calling on Jones to apologize.

Jones, who now serves as the University's cancellor, issued the following statement in response to the petition:

“I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric. This reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago. It is antithetical to my theology and my 50 years of preaching a redeeming Christ, who came into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

"Upon now reading these long-forgotten words, they seem to me as words belonging to a total stranger -- were my name not attached.

"I cannot erase them, but wish I could, because they do not represent the belief of my heart or the content of my preaching. Neither before, nor since, that event in 1980 have I ever advocated the stoning of sinners.

"The Bible I love, preach and try to practice does not present today the stoning of sinners as God’s way. Its message is the good news that Christ Jesus was condemned on behalf of sinners to rescue all of us from condemnation and judgment by His willing sacrifice, for he was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

"I apologize for the reflection those remarks bring upon Jesus Christ, whom I love; Bob Jones University, which I have loved and served; and my own personal testimony

Reporting on Jones stepping down as BJU president in 2005, The Washington Post noted

Bob III -- known on campus as "Dr. Bob" -- became president in 1971, the year BJU admitted its first black student. But he maintained a ban on interracial dating, writing, "This institution's Bible-based convictions are against interracial dating and marriage." That position cost BJU its tax-exempt status in 1983 and kicked up a political firestorm in 2000 when presidential candidate George W. Bush spoke at the school.


Pat Robertson Advises Mother To Treat Gay Son Like A ‘Drug Addict’ - VIDEO

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Former Southern Baptist Minister Pat Robertson answered a question on his 700 Club show from a mother asking Robertson for advice on how she can convert her atheist gay son to Christianity. Robertson advised that she treat her son like a "drug addict," and to not "enable," him in his "lifestyle," yet in the same sentence asked her to tell her son that she and God loves him and that the bond between both of them has not severed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Christian Publisher Cancels Book Deal After Evangelical Author Comes Out: VIDEO

Destiny Image, a book publishing company that claims its mission is to make "authors easily accessible to the Christian body around the world," has canceled a book deal with one of its writers after the young author's recent coming out. 22-year-old evangelical Christian Brandan Robertson had signed the book deal with Destiny Image last spring. Last month, he came out as a queer in a Time magazine article.

RobertsonIn a new Time piece published this week, he reveals that the publisher notified him on February 19 of their decision to terminate his forthcoming book about faithNomad: Not-So-Religious Thoughts On Faith, Doubt, and the Journey In Between.

According to the article, Robertson claims that Destiny Image had asked him if he would agree with the publisher's official statement on homosexuality, something he refused to do. That statement reads in part:

“Destiny Image accepts the Holy Scriptures as the infallible word of God and answers all questions concerning life and godliness. We do not condone, encourage, or accept the homosexual lifestyle. Destiny Image renounces this lifestyle as ungodly and completely contrary to the Kingdom of God.”

A rep for the company refused to address Robertson's sexuality and explained that their reason for canceling the book deal was a financial one: "There is much consideration for every book, every author, but the final determination is financial viability."

Since at least last year, Robertson has written about various gay issues, including marriage equality, on his evangelical blog Revangelical.

Watch an interview from 2014 where Robertson has a LGBT faith discussion with author and pastor Rob Bell (who was featured on Oprah's Soul Food Sunday last week talking about his support for gay marriageAFTER THE JUMP...

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Pastor Rob Bell Talks to Oprah About Christianity Being 'Moments Away' From Embracing Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Popular (and controversial) evangelical pastor Rob Bell appeared on Oprah's Soul Food Sunday this weekend and shared why marriage is so important - for gay and straight people alike.

Said Bell:

"One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness....Loneliness is not good for the world. And so whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with."

When Oprah followed up by asking Bell when Christianity would "get that," he responded:

Bell2We're moments away...I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone." 

Added wife Kristen Bell:

"There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle."

Rob Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, has riled evangelical feathers over the years with his church's acceptance of gay members and his 2011 book Love Wins which argues against the traditional Christian interpretation of a literal "Hell".

Watch the episode, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t Mlive]

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UK Evangelical Leader Comes Out As Lesbian, Rejects ‘Ex-Gay’ Past: VIDEO

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Jayne Ozanne, one of England’s leading evangelical leaders and a failed “ex-gay”, has come out as lesbian and accepted a position as head of a pro-gay evangelical Christian organization, reports Think Progress.

As a high-profile lay faith leader, Ozanne took part in “deliverance ministry,” a harmful practice similar to “ex-gay” therapy which has been banned in New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C. Last month, Virginia introduced a bill banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors.

A founding member of the Archbishops’ Council, Ozanne's repeated failed efforts to pray away the gay ultimately culminated in a nervous breakdown.

She came out to a select group in 2009 and had a five-year relationship with a woman. 

However, when Christian musician Vicky Beeching came out last year Ozanne was inspired to accept the position as head of Accepting Evangelicals, a “network of Evangelical Christians who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life, and the development of a positive Christian ethic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.”

SchizzelWatch Ozanne explain her decision to come out, AFTER THE JUMP...

The ailing "ex-gay" movement has recently seen a number of high profile announcements from former “ex-gay” activists attacking “conversion therapy”. Last December, survivor Christian Schizzel (right) exposed his harmful "conversion" therapy at the hands Janet Boynes Ministries and GOP nuts Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s “counseling” services.

 

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