August 14, 2010

Idiot of the Week Twofor: Billy Graham and Pat Robertson

Time for Idiot of the Week. I have many weeks where I have a difficult time deciding who to "honor" in this series, but I had such a tie this week that I decided to pick both. Yep, you're getting two for one here.

Pat RobertsonPat Robertson

We'll start with Pat Robertson, a real Christian who is no stranger to idiocy (this is at least the third time he has been recognized for it here). Pat was recently contacted by a Christian seeking advice about her atheist boyfriend. I don't know about you, but I always turn to the 700 Club when I need advice about my personal life (or lack thereof)! Anyway, Pat was all too happy to share some of the bigotry for which he is famous. After all, nobody does it quite like Pat.
There is no fellowship between an atheist and somebody who is a believe in God.
Come on Pat, some of us have a difficult time deciphering Christianspeak. What exactly are you suggesting this woman do?
I hate to tell you, but you've got to go find somebody else.
Oh, okay. No self-respecting Christian should be in a relationship with an atheist, huh? It sounds like same-sex marriage is not the only abomination.
He's going to be serving the Devil.
Wow! Now that's some real bigotry, Pat. Spreading the evil atheist stereotype never gets old, does it? Believe exactly as Pat Robertson does, or you are pure evil. It is that simple. Pat, are you unaware that some "interfaith" couples get along just fine?
There is no middle ground. There is no peace in that situation.
Got it. Time to move on.

Billy GrahamBilly Graham

Dating is one thing. Christian extremists have long been notorious for wanting to nose into the behavior of consenting adults. Whether it is interracial marriage or same-sex marriage, they want to condemn and then prohibit it.

Billy Graham, however, is willing to go the extra mile for idiocy. He does not even think that Christians should be friends with atheists. Like Robertson, Graham has convinced himself that we are an evil lot, morally depraved and sure to be a negative influence on innocent Christians who might be fooled by our ability to conceal our true selves for a while.

Responding to a reader's praise for her atheist friend, Graham writes:
Why is she such a kind and thoughtful person? I don’t know the reason...But I do know this: She’s not this way because she’s an atheist. In fact, she’s this way despite her atheism — because a true atheist has no real reason to believe in right and wrong or to behave sacrificially toward others.
Okay, who forgot to tell me that this was National Bash Atheists Week? The blatant bigotry on display here from these prominent Christians is really something to behold.