Pat Robertson has been making headlines lately. With the help of some creative callers to his show “The 700 Club,” Robertson can’t seem to stay out of the news.
It all began earlier this week when a viewer named David asked how he should refer to his transgender colleagues given that their gender status had changed in eyes of the law.
“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body,” he said. “It’s very rare. But it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies — and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when you have shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure. I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.”
Known for his frequent anti-gay sentiments — and in the wake of Pope Francis’ own admission that it was beyond him to judge gay clerics — Robertson’s response came as a welcome surprise in some corners of the internet, while yet others began bending over backwards to explain away any perceptions of being pro-gay.
More recently, questions have surfaced as to whether or not the 83 year old is simply being trolled by callers wanting advice on how to address supernatural beings:
“My house is haunted. There’s moaning coming from the walls, lights turn on and off, the TV changes channels on its own, the bed move, stuff floats off tables, mirrors break, and there is sometimes a creepy fog. The ghosts look like people, but have dark blue light around their feet and hands. What do I do?”
Burn the house down!
The severity of his response should come as no surprise. This is the same guy, after all, who suggested that Katrina was God’s response to America’s abortion policy.
Robertson goes on to suggest that the bible doesn’t support the concept of ghosts and implies that this viewer is actually plagued by demons and should therefore look into staging an exorcism.
So there you have it.
Ghosts don’t exist, demons do, and being transgender is okay!
The diversity of questions posed on his show likely stems in large part to how simple it is for viewers to submit a question.
Who knows what they might ask next.