During the February 25th, 2014 broadcast of The 700 Club, Pat Robertson criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's Monday declaration that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.
Holder did not specifically encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but stated that, when laws touch on core constitutional issues like equal protection, an attorney general should apply the highest level of scrutiny before reaching a decision on whether to defend it.
Needless to say, Robertson, who had previously insisted that gays want to "destroy society" and jail Christians through anti-discrimination policies, was upset by Holder's continued support for equality in America.
Robertson first laughably began by insisting that the proposed discrimination bills will have no negative consequences: "What we’re looking at here is a basic fundamental right of American people to conduct their business in ways they want to as long as it doesn’t hurt somebody else."
This, of course, was followed by the usual authoritarian temper tantrum that discrimination is the patriotic thing to do.
"There's something un-American about forcing a bakery to bake a wedding cake for a couple they don’t like," said Robertson. "If they don’t like the people, that’s the way it is."
Robertson also insisted that such businesses are merely following the leadership of the "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld.
Which is utterly ridiculous for two reasons:
- The Soup Nazi was a one-shot villain character who was never in any way supposed to be interpreted as a role model.
- The Soup Nazi refused services to prospective customers he considered unruly, or at least for reasons that were theoretically within the customer's capacity to address, and not for things they were incapable of addressing like religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Try as they might, the American Taliban will never be able to disguise religious persecution as defending freedom.
No theocracy for you! Next!