Televangelist and CBN host Pat Robertson said in an interview that there is nothing bigoted about Christians labeling homosexuality a sin, in light of controversy stirred over the recent coming out of NBA player Jason Collins.
"It's what Christianity says, ladies and gentlemen! Christianity says fornication is a sin. Somehow we've said if it's heterosexual fornication, it's bad; if it's homosexual fornication, that used to be called an abomination in the Bible, now it's a protected civil right. And so somebody that says that that kind of conduct is sinful is now being pilloried in the press," Robertson said on CBN.
When Collins spoke about his homosexuality in an article for Sports Illustrated, several prominent figures, including President Barack Obama, congratulated him for becoming the first player from a major American sports league to come out. Others, however, such as ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, pointed out that according to the Christian faith, living a homosexual lifestyle is sinful.
"If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I think that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ," said Broussard on Monday, though he also said Collins had been brave for speaking out.
The analyst's comments have been criticized in social media circles for being bigoted, but Robertson insisted that Broussard was simply speaking the truth as told by the bible.
"Now, if you don't' want to be a Christian, that's your business. If these media types, these writers, don't want to be Christians, that's their business. If they choose a lifestyle that takes them outside the protection of God, that's fine. That's their business. You can't tell them if they want to go to hell or heaven, that's their business. But don't tell somebody that he can't speak specifically about what the Christian faith says about certain conduct. There isn't anything bigoted about that," the CBN founder insisted.