Televangelist Pat Robertson compares gays to murderers, rapists and thieves, claiming gays and lesbians can “change their sexual preference” just like murderers, rapists and thieves can change their preference for murdering, raping and stealing.
On Monday, May 6, speaking on his popular, long running Christian television program The 700 Club, Robertson said that just as gay people can change their orientation, “a murderer can change, a rapist can change, a thief can change.”
Robertson made his controversial remarks while discussing former Ecuadorian presidential candidate Nelson Zavala, who was banned from political activity after making a series of controversial and homophobic comments about the gay community. The following is an excerpt from Robertson’s remarks:
For somebody to say that a homosexual can change is somehow a hate crime — is it a hate crime to say that somebody can change their sexual preference? That that’s a hate crime? That’s what is going to happen, ladies and gentlemen. We ought to mark that down and fight for freedom because that man’s freedom of speech is being taken away.
And the idea that anybody who has ministered to thousands of people, as undoubtedly he has and others have in that church in Ecuador, know very well that the power of God can change people’s orientation. A murderer can change, a rapist can change, a thief can change. That’s what the gospel is all about. It’s not a hate crime.
This is not the first time Robertson has made questionable remarks. Previously, Robertson has claimed Islam is not a religion but a violent political system, warned parents that Halloween candy is cursed by witches, told his viewers that demons can attach themselves to second-hand goods, and even claimed that atheists were stealing Christmas.
More from Robertson on gays, atheists, feminists and others:
“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.”
“How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy money changers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?”
Yet on occasion, Robertson can surprise his critics. Recently Robertson admitted Biblical creation is false, and that the earth is much older than Biblical creationists are willing to admit. Robertson denied that the earth is only 6,000 years old, as many Biblical or ‘young earth’ creationists claim. Robertson also admitted that Dinosaurs walked the earth long before the Bible was written and told his conservative Christian audience that science is right, and that “if you fight science, you’re going to lose your children.”
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