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Pat Robertson’s surprising response on the topic of transgender people

'I don't think there's any sin associated with that'
Monday, July 29, 2013

Christian Broadcasting Network chairman and founder, televangelist Pat Robertson, surprised many on Sunday with his response to a viewer who asked if he should recognize as female two co-workers who are apparently transgender.

“I don’t understand all that, but I think they are men who are in a woman’s body. It’s very rare, but it’s true,” responded Robertson.

“I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn anybody for doing that.”

Watch (advance to about the 2:30 mark):

Robertson more commonly sparks anger within the LGBT community for his frequent, anti-gay rhetoric.

Earlier this month, Robertson said he vomits at the sight of gay couples, and that gays and lesbians are just “confused” straight people.

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  1. Someone tell that Moron to STFU

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:32am
  2. I believe we have a paradox

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:32am
  3. Probably because the blithering idiot doesn´t know what it is.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:32am
  4. Who cares what the devil says???

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:34am
  5. Give it time. I´m sure he´ll have some “words from God” to share about transgender people in the near future.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:34am
  6. Attention cisgender LGB people who neglect/mock/reject/abuse the T in LGBT

    Pat Robertson, one of the worst people alive, tolerates the T in LGBT

    If this isn´t a sign that the cisgender queer movement needs to get its shit together, nothing is.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:34am
  7. Bitter old man..table of one!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:34am
  8. He spends WAY too much time thinking about LGBTQ people

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:35am
  9. well tickle my anus and call me Samantha, i didnt expect that.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:35am
  10. Inconsistency is but one more aspect of Pat Robertson´s trolley riding clean off the tracks most days.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:35am
  11. No , he means there is no sin just refering to them as such if they want. I´ve been there with religeous family trust….

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:36am
  12. He´s a vile rat bastard that needs to be relegated to the bone yard of human history!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:36am
  13. Let´s please not allow this to cover up his numerous, horrible statements.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:37am
  14. And what is cisgender???Why do I need another label made up for me

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:38am
  15. Who gives a rat´s ass what this guy believes? All he does is preach for profit and knows where the money is.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:39am
  16. This One´s a hoot! He´s the gift that won´t stop giving!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:39am
  17. Weird. Just weird.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:41am
  18. Hell has frozen.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:41am
  19. So, based on his quote: he is able to decide what is sin, and what is not? Oh, my goodness.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:42am
  20. he´s… drunk… right?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:42am
  21. Let us please stop quoting anything from this moron. I´m Trans* and would prefer NOT to have his blessing.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:43am
  22. what

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:43am
  23. A stopped watch is still right twice a day? Dafuq is going on here?!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:43am
  24. Transgender is okay but not gay?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:43am
  25. how nice of him to judge sin and give this the thumbs up.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:45am
  26. Maybe he forgot to take his evil pills that day.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:46am
  27. Quit looking to these fanatical idiots for justification that it´s ok to be yourself. This man is moron! He has made a lot of claims in his day. This man is no closer to God than a drunk on the street. He says so much that makes no sense. Maybe it´s a sign of dementia if he starts making sense.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:47am
  28. I JUST EXPLODED IN MY MIND

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:47am
  29. great big holy crap!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:48am
  30. Why do we care what he says? The only people that listen to him are never going to shift their way of thinking. They are a lost cause… Ignore them and move on!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:49am
  31. OP: Oh pat, go back to your bubble world.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:49am
  32. Charles McGechie, would you prefer “normal”?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:55am
  33. @Charles McGechie “And what is cisgender???Why do I need another label made up for me”

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=cisgender

    Cisgender is somebody whose sex assigned at birth matches with the gender they identify as. It´s the opposite of transgender.

    You don´t like made-up labels? I don´t think the transgender community appreciates that they have to be labeled as an “other” because of the discrepancy between their assigned sex and their gender identity, if you´re angry that you have a label that only exists to designate you as part of the average population please check your privilege and priorities.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:57am
  34. First, I hope he never tries to talk me out of suicide. Second, I think both of them need to pull their heads out of their asses and understand what´s going on. Those men who are now legally women are no longer men. They are women. Call them women. It´s not a complicated issue. I´ve met several people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery and it´s not that hard to refer to them as their proper gender and call them by the name they want to be called. People make this much harder than it needs to be. There are some medical issues, legal issues, etc, that need to be taken into account, but as far as treating them as people, that´s the easiest thing we can do.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:58am
  35. So, does this mean that if you are a transgendered woman who was a man attracted to men, but now a woman who is attracted to men, does that mean that person is absolved of all their “sin”?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:59am
  36. Wow!!!!!!!! Pat said that?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:59am
  37. Surprise surprise

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:00am
  38. Sounds almost ok, then so not ok

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:00am
  39. Who cares what that lunatic says about anything…he´s a piece of hateful garbage…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:00am
  40. I´m not sure he´s really showing any deference or compassion here. He´s still a religious zealot who believes he knows “God´s law.” With that in mind, maybe the bible doesn´t say anything about transgendered folks, thus, as it doesn´t break any “laws” he doesn´t have to chastise and condemn it. Just my two cents…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:00am
  41. The ironic thing is that I can think of something in the Bible which could apply: Deuteronomy 22:5.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:01am
  42. Felix, please don´t give him fuel to attack the trans* community.

    And I must edit my first statement: If some of these comments aren´t a sign that the cisgender queer community needs to get their shit together, I don´t know what is.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:05am
  43. Why wonder Why he changed his mind

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:09am
  44. Yep. Just choked.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:11am
  45. He is nothing more than a walking,talking embodiment of hatred and bigotry. It´s disgusting to think that there are people out there that agree with his hate speech,give him money or go to his soo called “university” Disgusting and disturbing

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:13am
  46. maybe he doesn´t know what it is!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:15am
  47. Somewhere around here I have an igneous rock I can toss at that idiot.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:16am
  48. He also says at the end that “marriage is supposed to a joyous union of two people” whoohoooo yaaa~!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:18am
  49. though for sure he would puke

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:21am
  50. Doesn´t really change the fact the guy has been a complete douche to the LGBT community. Granted, to an extent he redeemed himself a little bit by not condemning transgender folk. But, it doesn´t all of sudden make me want to believe the rest of the crap that he says about the gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. I have friends who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual and I´m sure they would have a thing or two to say to him about his hateful speech towards the LGB part of the LGBT community.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:25am
  51. who hit him with the dumbfuck stick as a child?!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:29am
  52. huh……. i guess as long as they aren´t trans AND gay or lesbian

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:30am
  53. He´s already a sinner for creating such hateful crap

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:31am
  54. WHAT A IDIOT

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:32am
  55. It´s not a surprising comment. It´s based on misogyny and male privilege. MTT frequently threaten women with rape. Many rape and beat women.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:33am
  56. Okay, so Gay is against law according to this asshat, but changing what a fake god made is not? Christians continually amaze me!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:45am
  57. Why does he do this? He did the same shit with marijuana. Don´t forget, give him a week, he gets the evil back. He has done too much harm for anything he tries to make himself look less like the evil, terrible, terrifying person that he is.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:51am
  58. Please GOD tell me when this old bastard is going to die!? Now that will be a HAPPY….GAY OLD DAY!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:58am
  59. wow! “People shouldn´t judge”? Coming from this guy? I almost broke my neck in the double take when he said that.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:00am
  60. He doesn´t know what to do with transgendered people, the subject confuses him

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:26am
  61. And just two weeks ago,…he was saying that gay people made him want to vomit….i don´t trust a damn word he says…and even if he wasn´t lying….I don´t need HIS support to feel good about myself.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:38am
  62. He needs to go away!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:39am
  63. This guy doesn´t know if he´s been shot, fucked, powder- burned or snake bit.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:54am
  64. Thing is he just made the argument that, though he doesn´t get it, its not anyone´s place to judge. You have to admit that´s a real softening of his view on a part of our community.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 3:02am
  65. That makes no sense !! How can he be against gay people yet be okay with transgender people? If his logic is telling him that “god” made transgender people the way they are, how is it so hard to accept that “god” made gay people the way they are?! I really don´t get how people can be so stupid.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 3:03am
  66. maybe he secretly wants to be a girl. or once was a girl…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 3:42am
  67. I still don´t care what he has to say – he´s a NOBODY!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4:08am
  68. Old farts days done. Tired of this hater.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4:25am
  69. Maybe he like sleeping with them

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4:30am
  70. Ya´ just never know which voice in Pat´s head will be speaking on any given day, huh?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4:30am
  71. He´s sin incarnate.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4:43am
  72. Wow. Never thought the day would come when Pat Robertson would be agreeing with me. Being trans* is not a sin.

    If only those pesky verses in homosexual acts hadn´t been written or Pat forgets where they are maybe he´ll come around to agreeing with me that that´s not sin either.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 4:55am
  73. drop dead.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 5:14am
  74. everyone has surprises. maybe he only likes people who are of a definite gender and likes those appearing to be of the opposite gender…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 5:48am
  75. Since I am a trans-lesbian, does that mean that I am still going to hell?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 5:53am
  76. Dam I was going to say that drop dead

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:02am
  77. I have always said that if the transgender and unisex people of the world were to stand up and be heard, most of these Pharisees´ ideologies would come crashing down around them. I truly believe they are the lynchpin in solving the issue of sexuality for ignorant people once and for all.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:13am
  78. he is saying according to old testament in one place a small sentence which relates to men only not to women makes being gay/bi a sin but he doesn´t believe ppl who act and feel as iuf they are a different sex as per is Bible as a sin

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7:21am
  79. and here I was thinking Christians were under the New testament

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7:42am
  80. He is an ass regardless of whaty he says

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:46pm
  81. Why do we waste time on caring what this saggy faced moron thinks and says?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:52pm
  82. probably because the many people who wrote the Bible had not heard of transgender and that is why it is not mentioned … if they had, I´m sure they would have said it was a sin… afterall, they pretty well included most things as being a sin to fit their own agenda….

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:05pm
  83. He took one look at Mayor Giuliani in a dress and fell in Love!

    http://theshroom.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/giuliani_drag11.jpg

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:54pm
  84. Maybe he´ll hitch a ride on the Popemobile?!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:56pm
  85. that is Miss Knowitall´s answer. She thinks she´s the Christian Rights Pope, isn´t that special.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:11pm
  86. I´m guessing Robertson isn´t entirely clear on what “transgender” means and probably thinks it means someone who is gay but wants to become straight. He is a doddering old man who sees much of what we call “reality” in his own unique way.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 5:54pm