By: Scot Bear
Re: Mel White letter to Patty Robertson
Subj: OPEN LETTER from MEL WHITE to PAT ROBERTSON
Date: 96-01-26 04:35:16 EST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (James Yorton)
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OPEN LETTER FROM MEL WHITE (RevMel@AOL.COM)
FAXED TODAY TO PAT ROBERTSON
* Permission granted to circulate, post widely and to publish
January 25, 1996
An Open Letter to Pat Robertson from Dr. Mel White
There is a growing spirit of intolerance in our
land. Since the 1600s, when fundamentalist Christians chased
Roger Williams to Rhode Island and burned 'witches' at the
stake in Salem, similar cycles of intolerance have littered
the nation with broken bodies and ruined dreams. Now, it's
happening again. And that's why we're writing you.
We are convinced that your relentless campaign against
homosexuality is a primary cause of the growing spirit of
intolerance towards lesbian, gay,and bisexual Americans.
We have monitored every 700 Club broadcast since you came
to visit me in the Virginia Beach City Jail in March, 1995.
And though you condemn violence, we are also convinced
that your false and inflammatory anti-homosexual rhetoric
leads indirectly to the very violence you condemn.
On February 5, in Virginia Beach, we will present
to the media and to the general public a sixty minute video
tape of blatantly intolerant statements made by you and
your guests on recent broadcasts of the 700 Club.
Since you have not responded to our invitations to meet
with you to discuss this matter privately, we are asking
thoughtful Americans to look at this video tape and decide
However, you, too, are invited to view and discuss
the videos with us.
You or your representative will have the opportunity to
defend your case in the midst of a frank and open discussion
of this question: Is Pat Robertson's anti-homosexual campaign
a primary source of the intolerance being experienced by
gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in America; and how should
we respond to his anti-homosexual campaign?
Following our February 5 discussion, we will be sending
the video tape of your anti-homosexual remarks, a transcript
of the tape's contents, and an official petition of complaint
to the F.C.C. asking commissioners to decide if you should
be censured for your intolerance.
In all fifty states, the TV stations and cable systems
that carry the 700 Club will receive the video, the transcript,
and similar petitions of complaint from local clergy and
lay leaders. Again, we will ask those managers to decide
if you should be censored for your intolerance.
We are also sending video and transcript copies to
the national media,to editorial writers and publishers,
to the President, to leaders of the Senate and the House,
to the Chairs of the National Governor's and the National
Mayor's Conferences, to the US Council of Catholic Bishops,
the National Council of Churches, the National Association
of Evangelicals and to other clergy and lay leaders across
America. We are asking that each person or organization
who receives the tape look at it carefully and decide for
themselves: Should Pat Robertson be censured for his intolerance?
At this moment, you are threatening lawsuits against
any local station that airs the P-FLAG ads that demonstrate
your intolerant anti-homosexual campaign. Parents, Friends,
and Families of Lesbians and Gays produced those two public
service spots because they were alarmed by the growing hate
crimes against their own children. They don't blame you
for those hate crimes. But they do blame your anti-gay
rhetoric for helping to create the hostile climate in which
those hate crimes are committed.
On that P-FLAG spot you say: "Homosexuality is an abomination.
Many of those people involved with Adolf Hitler were Satanists,
many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go
You said those words, Pat, on the 700 Club. You didn't
show pictures of the Christian churches in Germany goose-stepping
with the Third Reich. You didn't talk about the innocent
European gays and lesbians who died in Hitler's concentration
camps. You didn't tell of the brave homosexuals who fought
and died to protect your freedom during that bloody world
war against the Axis Powers. You were so caught up in half-truth
and hyperbole that you missed the truth completely. And
on February 5, we will show that you continue to miss the
truth in your relentless, irresponsible, and intolerant
campaign against us.
If you knew that a factory was pouring toxic pollution
into your beloved Chesapeake Bay, you would send a TV crew
to investigate and report immediately. We are convinced
that a toxic stream of anti-homosexual intolerance is flowing
out of your CBN/700 Club studios in Virginia Beach,helping
to pollute the nation's moral environment. Again, we appeal
Hear our case. Reason with us. Help us stem that flow.
You are sincere, Pat, but you are sincerely wrong
Your intolerant words and actions are harming God's gay
and lesbian children. Again, I must quote Jesus's warning:
"Whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe
in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged
about his neck, and he were cast into the sea."
Sincerely, Mel White
[Mel's email address is: RevMel@aol.com]