This is an open letter to Pat Robertson about the enclosed video and the inaccurate statements he made therein, which I have been kind enough to correct.
First of all, Jesus would not have baked a wedding cake for anyone because it was not customary to do so during the time of Jesus. The tradition of baking bread, not cake, was customary in ancient Graeco-Roman times for the bride and the bride only (men did not partake of this custom and thus two men being married would not receive the traditional wedding bread). The bread was symbolically broken over the bride’s head. While in Greece homosexuality was common, and men often lived together without any social stigma being attached, gay marriages did no occur. Also, Jesus was Hebrew, and he would not have adopted a pagan wedding custom. The wedding cake, as we think of it today, evolved out of a medieval tradition of stacking layer upon layer of cake and having the bride and groom kiss over it. The elaborate and ornate wedding cakes of today were essentially established as a tradition in the 19th Century (Jesus was not present then). What’s more, Jesus was a carpenter, and not a baker.
Secondly, homosexuality was not considered a pathology in Jesus’ time as the word pathology is from the 17th Century (again, Jesus was not around), and the etymological origin of pathology is the Latin pathologia meaning “science of diseases” and the Greek “study of passions”. If you consult the vast majority of physicians, neurologists, and psychiatrists, they will adamantly refute this misguided notion that homosexuality is a mental disorder or a disease. They will however assert that it is an innate condition of one’s genetic makeup and part of who they were since birth, which according to your religion is the result of God’s design.
Thirdly, in what way can one legitimately state that homosexuals are “oppressors of those who hold deeply held religious points of view”? I can’t recall any situations in which a gay, bisexual, or transgender individual oppressed religion. Perhaps this is due to the fact that self-identifying homosexuals are known to be between 10% and 12% of the population (this is an approximate number, though many suggest that the number of exclusive homosexuals is much lower), as to those individuals self-proclaimed to be religious, who make up approximately 67% of the world’s population. While a minority has on occasion held the power to be oppressive collectively through some form of centralized power, homosexuals do not have a nation or government from which they can establish the kind of authoritarian capabilities to oppress the world’s religious population. Homosexuals have not lobbied politicians or voted to deny heterosexuals the right to marriage. They have not attempted to overthrow the Christian religion, but many have asked the Christian religion to embrace them lovingly as Jesus instructed all humankind to do with one another, and to not judge.
Homosexuals cannot really be tied into a discussion on abortion as exclusively homosexual people have no reason to terminate a pregnancy except in cases of rape, and that would be a heterosexual rape as homosexual rapes don’t result in conception. If marriage were solely about reproduction, then any heterosexual couples who cannot conceive of children would also, by your own logic, be unsuitable for marriage and yet this is not so. If you think that sexuality is a meaningless exercise if it does not result in progeny, then you fail to acknowledge that even in the Bible, human sexuality is celebrated as a physical expression of love in “The Song of Solomon (a.k.a. The Song of Songs)”.
The particular union of marriage that is mentioned in the Bible was not about theology or spirituality, but a socioeconomic arrangement in which women were seen as subservient vessels by which men continued their bloodline, and were traded for money and livestock. These were not unions of love by which two people are united as equals under the eyes of God; they were economic exchanges.
Furthermore, if the Devil were trying to destroy the world’s progeny, he is not doing a very good job, since the world’s population has gone from 1 billion in the 1800s to an estimated 7 billion today. There is no current threat of human extinction due to homosexuality or abortion depleting the population. This is pure folly. Our planet is overpopulated by humans. Homosexuals are not taking lives. They are adopting the children of the world who would have no homes and bringing new children into the world through surrogates (and the practice of surrogate parents was considered a great, selfless, honourable one in the Bible).
The fact of the matter is that homosexuality has been with humankind from the start as far as anthropologists can tell, and what’s more, this idea that it can be defined as a mortal sin is absurd, since sins can only be committed by human beings and animals also practice homosexual behaviours, and as the Judeo-Christian religions deny that animals have immortal souls to begin with, then homosexuality cannot by default be defined as sin.
As for your perceived “attack”, I have seen throughout history the wholesale slaughter of homosexuals by the Nazis and by violent regimes encouraged by religious fanatics, I have seen homosexuals lynched by supremacy groups and bigots, I have seen politicians forcibly remove homosexuals from government positions, I have seen police brutality towards homosexuals who peacefully gathered in bars merely to socialize (as is their legal right), I have seen homosexuals in civil service as teachers and soldiers harassed and their vocations denied them, I have seen young LGBT youth bullied and beaten until they are so hurt that they end their lives to escape the pain that has been inflicted upon them, and I have seen nor heard one mention from you about how this ongoing persecution and destruction of lives denies the world its progeny. You have even advocated violence against and even the murder of homosexuals. The irony of which is that murder and killing are by your own words, “the work of Satan“. So, tell me, now, who it is that advocated death and is a threat to the longevity of the human race.
You, sir, are a hypocritical, inconsiderate, bigoted piece of excrement.