Pat Robertson shocked and surprised a large number of his viewers by saying something that was, for him, seemingly out of the ordinary. The 83-year-old televangelist was asked by “David” for the “Bring It Online” portion of The 700 Club about how he should refer to two trans women who worked in his office and who had legally changed their sexes.
Aside from the fact that David could get into deep trouble by referring to these women by anything other than their current sex, David was in for a surprise when Robertson did not offer up his usual fire and brimstone rant about such subjects.
Robertson offered up a response which is more akin to the thinking offered up by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who stated that transsexuality was a birth defect.. Robertson stated “I think there are men who are in a woman’s body. 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.”
Robertson did get a bit baffling when he started to say that he would “question the validity” of someone who just says that “well, I’m really a woman” because you cannot “count someone as female unless they really are, or male unless the really are.” Robertson may be referring to people who transition who are not actually transsexual.
Robertson’s co-host tried to counter saying that David does not know the intentions or medical history of his co-workers, but Robertson channeled Pope Francis I in stating “It’s not for you to decide or to judge.”
Robertson is known for his rants attacking gays, Muslims, and demons.
John Aravosis of AmericaBlog stated in response to Robertson’s statements that “Robertson’s statement is, at its core, sympathetic, and regardless of how flawed the rest of his quote is … these are the kind of positive statements that help a movement move forward, especially one that is less known to the public than, for example, being gay. Say what you will about Robertson, but this quote is very helpful.”