If you’ve been watching the thousands of people testifying against same-sex marriage before the Hawaii Senate and House over the past week, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson. If you, like I, wondered why so much of the testimony sounded somewhat similar, why the same themes and attacks were raised by all those different people, why so many were having such challenges reading “their” testimony to lawmakers, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson. If you thought the sheer number of people exhibiting uncontrolled anti-gay hate was surprising, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson. And if you shuddered, cried, screamed, or threw things while hearing the vile lies expressed by countless “God-loving” Hawaiians, you can, in part, thank Pat Robertson.
In 1989, Pat Robertson formed the Hawaii Christian Coalition, as part of his infamous far right wing nationwide organization, the Christian Coalition. There were chapters in 49 states, but the organization went into decline after financial difficulties. Robertson quit the group in 2001.
But his legacy and anti-gay hate persists.
The Christian Coalition of Hawaii proudly proclaims on its website:
Christian Coalition of America was formed in 1989 by Pat Robertson to give Christians a voice in government. We represent a growing group of nearly 2 million members and supporters who believe it is time for people of faith to once again have a voice in the conversation we call democracy.
On their front page (image, above,) if you visit it today, you can see their attacks on same-sex marriage, including this:
If you agree with me that this behavior, especially through marriage, will create a negative impact on our society, please call ALL those that want to legalize this lifestyle in opposition.
Physical Consequences of Homosexual Behavior
Every year, according to the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, homosexual males must be tested for:
• Rectal Gonorrhea
• Rectal Chlamydia
• Urethral CT & GC
• Pharyngeal Gonorrhea
*As of March 10, 2010, the Center for Disease Control reported 91-173 cases of syphilis per 100,000 men who have sex with men, compared to two cases per 100,000 other men, and one case per 100,000 women.1
In addition to being tested for STDs, homosexual males that have multiple partners which is about 97% of all homosexual males, every three to six months, the John Burns School of Medicine recommends that they are tested for Methamphetamine use.
But it’s an email blast from Hawaii Christian Coalition Chairman Garret Hashimoto that really points to their insidious attacks on marriage that have led to the 50-plus hours of anti-gay testimony since last week.
Bragging that they “were able to extend the hearing two additional days!,” the Hawaii Christian Coalition explained that for yesterday’s marriage hearing, they “need to drag the hearing out as long as possible but at least until 9:00 pm.”
Then, they offer this strategy, which violates House rules:
Anyone who submitted testimony and who received a number MUST SHOW UP ON MONDAY TO TESTIFY! If they cannot make it, please find someone to show up on that person’s “behalf.” So for example, if John Doe has a number but cannot testify because he’s at work, he has Jane Smith show up on his behalf and read his testimony. Jane is NOT REPLACING John’s testimony with her own but is reading his testimony to the group in order to waste time! If you organize people from your churches who can stay at the capitol all day and “read testimony” on behalf of others, that may be a start.
But what is shocking is they then link to all 5100+ emails posted to the state government’s website. Emails of every person who submitted written comment or testimony for or against the same-sex marriage bill.
Ironically, an examination of the emails shows the majority are in support of the same-sex marriage bill.
“I would suggest you all go to the testimony on-line and search for anyone you know and personally ask him/her to show up.”
The anti-gay hate expressed in the hearings is deplorable, and clearly the effect of an organized, religion-based attack on the LGBT community.
And you can thank Pat Robertson for paving the way.
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