Christian Broadcasting Network Coverage on Haiti and Gay Marriage Shocks, Concerns

RainbowZine, a service of Rainbow Law: news for the LGBT community., www.rainbowzine.comWednesday has been a strange day for Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). CBN covered two stories of concern on Wednesday, and the angles that the network used to cover or to “frame” them is shocking. The stories of concern are about the earthquake in Haiti and the gay marriage trial in San Francisco.


First, Wednesday has been a day of mourning for many people around the globe, in the face of the tragic 7.0 earthquake that occurred in Haiti on Tuesday. CBN’s 700 Club represented the worst possible explanation or reaction to the tragedy in Haiti. Below is an excerpt of the dialogue on the 700 Club:

PAT ROBERTSON: And, you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, “We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.” True story. And so, the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.”

And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now, we’re helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.

KRISTI WATTS (co-host): Absolutely, Pat.



Second, the CBN covered the trial on gay marriage in San Francisco. The title of Wednesday’s story: “Prop 8 Attorneys Make Case for Democratic Rights.” CBN’s reporter, Heather Sells, writes that defenders of Prop 8 are “supporters of traditional marriage” as opposed to “opponents of gay marriage.”

Proposition 8 was not about defending traditional marriage because gay marriage was the status quo at the time that Proposition 8 was considered. Proposition 8 defenders are not “supporters of traditional marriage” because the tradition had changed. Proposition 8 defneders are “opponents of gay marriage.”

Click here if you really want to read the religious right’s coverage of the trial of Proposition 8. It is interesting to see how heterosexist and homophobic media outlets cover this kind of story.


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