Pat Robertson, host of The 700 Club, told viewers yesterday that the “sin” of Sodom was pride and not homosexuality. Yes, that Pat Robertson. The same Robertson most famous for his routine rants that any pro-LGBTQ progress will lead to the destruction of America “like it did Sodom and Gomorrah,” two Biblical cities destroyed in the Old Testament book of Leviticus.
While scholars have long argued what the “sin” actually was–some contend that it was actually the sin of “inhospitality”–conservative Christians have adamantly declared that homosexuality was the true cause. They then invariably go on to claim we are destroying America, which is not only an inhospitable thing to say but makes us vulnerable to everything from discrimination to much worse. Moderate and progressive Christians cite another book of the Old Testament, Ezekiel, to claim the cities were destroyed because they were too prideful.
Ezekial 16:49 reads, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
“Pride, the Bible says, idleness and abundance of bread, neither were they thankful, that was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah,” Robertson told viewers. “He didn’t talk about homosexuality.”
Anyone want to take bets on how long it will take America’s Best Leviticus Lover to switch his mind and go back to proclaiming that gays caused the downfall of the two ancient cities?