I’m sad that this needs commentary.Â Of the five or so things wrong with this, I think the worst is the implication that Christians, the religious majority in the United States, are oppressed, and homosexuals, a long-persecuted minority, are not.
A viewer ofÂ televangelist Pat Robertson’s 700 Club asked an obviousÂ but important questionÂ about Miracles.Â Here it isÂ (via Raw Story via Reddit):
On Mondayâ€™s episode of CBNâ€™sÂ The 700 Club, Robertson responded to a viewer who wanted to know why â€œamazing miracles (people raised from the dead, blind eyes open, lame people walking) happen with great frequency in places like Africa, and not here in the USA?â€
That is a good question.Â For one famous answer, see David Hume.Â For another answer, listen to Pat Robertson:
â€œPeople overseas didnâ€™t go to Ivy League schools,â€ the TV preacher laughed. â€œWeâ€™re so sophisticated, we think weâ€™ve got everything figured out. We know about evolution, we know about Darwin, we know about all these things that says God isnâ€™t real.â€
â€œWe have been inundated with skepticism and secularism,â€ he conintued. â€œAnd overseas, theyâ€™re simple, humble. You tell â€˜em God loves â€˜em and they say, â€˜Okay, he loves me.â€™ You say God will do miracles and they say, â€˜Okay, we believe him.â€™â€
â€œAnd thatâ€™s what Godâ€™s looking for. Thatâ€™s why they have miracles.â€
One could argue the reverse ought to be the case:Â you need a background knowledge of the laws of nature in order to appreciate their violation.Â But what does he know, he didn’t live in Africa.