Actually, Pat Robertson, Religious Beliefs Are Protected by Matthew Shepard Act

Cuteypie Pat Robertson, host of The 700 Club and respected conspiracy theorist, is no longer just a religious zealot, but a liar. In his latest campaign to convince conservative Christians that LGBTs will be the death of America, he pushes forth this blatant lie: There are no federal hate crime protections for religious beliefs.

Says Robertson: “You know, there’s a law – what about a law that says it’s a federal crime to attack somebody because of his religious beliefs? Not a chance!”

Except, as Crooks & Liars points out, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act includes that very category: “OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR DISABILITY.”

This would be harmful, were it not so ludicrous. Sadly, Robertson reaches untold numbers of Americans, who might be too lazy to use The Google.

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  • terrwill

    Great Haloween costume!A crazed, lunatic talking skeleton!!

  • Jon B

    There should really be some sort of way to bring charges against public figures for spreading false information knowingly. It’s getting absurd already.

  • Bill Perdue

    Actually, the cults have no business interfering in civil life at all.

    They’re a part of the entertainment industry; fantasists specializing in gory sociopathic tales of guilt and punishment.

    Even if priests, pastors, rabbis and imams weren’t so involved in child molestation and rape, they should never be allowed to expose children to their demented pathological dogmas.

    Instead of hiding under rocks counting demons the cults shamelessly interfere in civil life, and always as agents of the right. They invented modern racism and supported slavery. In more recent times they supported McCarthyism and blemished the pledge of allegiance by adding the words ‘under gawd.’ Then came the southern baptist/KKK (they were virtually identical for decades) assaults on the civil rights movement. The catholic cult joined the sobs in a massive attack on reproductive rights and both of them were joined by the mormons to attack LGBT equality.

    The interference of cults in civil affairs should be criminalized and their unfair tax exemptions removed.

    They owe a lot of back taxes. Enough to pay for socialized medicine and a lot of good housing for working people.

    “Christianity…(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man.” Thomas Jefferson

    “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? …superstition, bigotry, and persecution.” James Madison

    “Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself than this thing called Christianity” Thomas Paine

    “Lighthouses are more useful than churches” Benjamin Franklin

  • PopSnap

    This old piece of bigoted, evil garbage needs to fucking die a slow, painful death. Then Satan will kick him out of Hell for being too much of an ignorant fearmongering bore.

  • naghanenu

    Yawn..another religion bashing.

    Interestingly these cults have instilled fear and denied rights to gays for centuries and are still doing so…

    Yeah must be damn useless huh?

  • walt

    I hope he gets what ronny reagan got.

  • Attmay


    For Pat the Goyische Terrorist to get Alzheimer’s, a form of brain degeneration, he would have to have a brain to begin with.

  • YellowRanger

    Just die already.

  • Joanaroo

    Well-you have to expect old Pat to drop off pretty soon, the old bastard. Of course if the old saying “Only the good die young” is true, this moron and his ilk will be like those Russians who live to be 120. Shit. Now I just depressed myself.

  • Markie-Mark

    Bill Perdue, thanks for the post. It’s great. I want to add one more: Jesse Ventura: “Christianity is for the feebleminded.”

  • Aaron

    old fool.

  • Slbpm7

    Roberts religious beliefs are already protected… our founding fathers took care of that years ago!

    This bill will silence anyone who speaks out against the homosexual life style!

    Hate Crime Laws along with Political Correctness silence the rest from speaking out & it’s already happening. People have been fired from work, some have been jailed, some attend sensitivity class & not because of violence but for saying they don’t like the gay lifestyle!

    It’s not fair for any class, race, religion, person to get a “special” law just for them… knowing all you have to do is look at them wrong & they cry Hate Crime!

    Society conveniently forgets that the number of crimes committed against innocent children outweigh the number of crimes committed against a gay person. But we are told by politicians we already have laws that protect children but there aren’t any laws that protect gays….. If politicians understood that ALL CRIME IS AN ACT OF HATE, then they would know we also already have laws to protect gays….laws that protect ALL citizens against harm!

    If babies & children had their own “special” Hate Crimes law then maybe we could save them from being raped or killed! We could put that person in jail before they touched them! We could put them in jail just for saying what they would like to do! So… The politicians are WRONG… there isn’t a law that protects the children like the Hate Crimes law protects gays!

    And women should have their own “special” Hate Crimes Law to protect them from being raped or killed! The law as it stands today, when a woman says a man has threatened to KILL her or rape her the police can’t do anything until they have proof… which we know will be after she’s raped or killed! So… the politicians are WRONG,… there isn’t a law that protects women like the Hate Crimes law protects gays……ALL CRIME IS AN ACT OF HATE!

    From where I sit… the Hate Crimes law is not fair. It looks more like an instrument to legitimize an agenda for public acceptance of a lifestyle…. while the most innocent still are not protected from HATE CRIMES!

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