Pat Robertson believes he is being dominated by homosexuals, and worries that gays and lesbians control the culture.
Appearing on his program The 700 Club earlier this week, the televangelist went on a rant about a supposed “left-wing bias” in the media. Blaming the supposed bias on gays and lesbians, Robertson declared:
We have given the ground to a small minority. You figure, lesbians, one percent of the population; homosexuals, two percent of the population. That’s all. That’s statistically all. But they have dominated — dominated the media, they’ve dominated the cultural shift and they have infiltrated the major universities. It’s just unbelievable what’s being done. A tiny, tiny minority makes a huge difference. The majority — it’s time it wakes up.
As usual, Robertson is wrong. The numbers refute any claim that the media is being “dominated” by gays and lesbians. According to the latest “Where We Are on TV” report from GLAAD, only about 4.8% of television roles are LGBTQ characters.
As for the actual number of gay and lesbian Americans, Mic reports:
… no one really knows exactly what percentage of Americans identify as lesbian or gay because the U.S. government doesn’t capture sexual orientation on the census — and won’t through 2020; all we have are estimates… However, a new GLAAD survey revealed the number could be as high as 12%.
Commenting on the story, Hemant Mehta at The Friendly Atheist explains what’s really bothering Robertson and those conservative Christians who think like Robertson:
When Robertson talks about LGBT people “dominating” the cultural shift, he’s really referring to the fact that people no longer have an automatic revulsion to them. In his world, acting on one’s homosexuality is an unforgivable sin. Outside his bubble, though, more and more people don’t give a damn. Live and let live. Don’t worry what other people do in the privacy of their bedrooms.
Mehta is correct. Robertson is angry that gays and lesbians are no longer ignored and/or stigmatized by mainstream media, and are now often portrayed with the simple dignity and respect all people deserve.
Bottom line: For Robertson, and the conservative Christian worldview he represents, being gay is immoral. The irony, of course, is that the only immorality here is Robertson’s ugly and mean-spirited anti-gay rhetoric.