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Towleroad readers know that Pat Robertson isn't exactly known for his tolerance or open-mindedness. On the contrary, he has an extensive history of making ignorant and homophobic remarks. However, in a recent "Bring It On-Line" Q&A segment on his show, Robertson made an admission that many may find shocking. 

The question came from a viewer named "David", who asked:

"I work with two people who have decided that they are females. I know what the bible says about homosexuality, but is it wrong to refer to them as females since they have had their gender status changed in the eyes of the law?"

Robertson's reply, in short: no. While he did call the process of transitioning "drastic" and "radical", and said that he would "question the validity" of anyone who would come out to him as trans, Robertson did admit that "there are men who are in a woman's body. It's very rare, but it's true...or a women that are in men's bodies." Such an admission from the likes of Pat Robertson would already be considered a victory. However, he also added that "I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn somebody for doing that," before concluding that "it's not for you to decide or to judge."

Imagine that, a televangelist televising a message of (relative) tolerance. 

If you're having trouble believing it, you can take a look at the video AFTER THE JUMP (at around the 2:28 mark). In context, do Robertson's comments represent a step in the right direction for trans equality? Give your opinion below.



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  1. So...Robertson and the clerics of Iran see eye to eye on yet another issue. Cut from the same wretched, vicious cloth...

    Posted by: T.s. | Jul 29, 2013 3:24:33 PM

  2. Gobsmacked!

    Posted by: Throwslikeagirl | Jul 29, 2013 3:25:56 PM

  3. I believe the old bigot is getting senile. As evidence, look at the last ten years of comments..

    Posted by: Robert M. | Jul 29, 2013 3:26:44 PM

  4. Who wants to bet he just misheard the question? Retraction/clarification in 3… 2… 1…

    Posted by: Mona | Jul 29, 2013 3:38:40 PM

  5. The trans community has found it's new cis ally!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 29, 2013 3:44:34 PM

  6. I smell a HUGE rat. On the same day we have Robertson saying being transexual isn't a sin and the Pope saying he's not judging gay people.

    Sorry but there's just no way all of a sudden both men change their tune on the same day. Something is up BIG time IMHO.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 29, 2013 3:50:31 PM

  7. At this point, Grandpa Pat doesn't know what the f*** he is saying!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 29, 2013 3:54:08 PM

  8. What a complete idiot. I am surprised he can string words together. Just a hodge podge of rules and grammar that mimic a brain in that man.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 29, 2013 4:26:28 PM

  9. This man is like the ubiquitous cockroach...eternal and hard to get rid of .. I especially am intrigued with this comment from his rambling:"However, I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn somebody for doing that, it's not for you to decide or to judge.".....uh, Pat, hello? say it is not up to anyone to judge, but are you admitting that condemning is okay?... some circumstances warrant a "condemnation"? double-speak is allowable in a Christian home. Yep. Let's keep him around for a while though, shall we? He is great comic relief and to be able to witness his meltdown as he creaks into senility is rather "condemn" me for wanting that...or not.

    Posted by: thom | Jul 29, 2013 4:33:10 PM

  10. I'm sure they will issue a correction in the coming days. However, trans issues rarely come up among evangelicals.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 29, 2013 4:33:49 PM

  11. Trans people are not godly. They're just mutilated and gross. Pat got a lot less hot in my eyes for this. I still would kick him out of bed though. I don't have the spine for that.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 29, 2013 4:54:37 PM

  12. *wouldn't kick him out of bed. Sorry for the typo. Pat had my so hot and bothered I had to type one-handed.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 29, 2013 4:56:01 PM

  13. @ "Trans people are not godly. They're just mutilated and gross."

    So, you WERE posting comments under a different name on last week's topic concerning the Justice Department protecting the rights of Transgender kids.

    What's the f.cking point, Rick, of posting under different names? It's not the same thing as Little Kiwi's parodies of you. Kiwi's parodies were deliberatley outrageous to make fun of your outrageous views. What you're doing is just plain peculiar.

    And by the way, not all Transgender folk are Transsexual (Lord, how many times do we have to remind your anti-Trans bigots of that?)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 29, 2013 5:06:27 PM

  14. "Rick", or whoever else you are today, STFU with your trans-hatred.

    I and mine are neither "mutilated" nor "gross". How is such a vile mouthful of Scheisse from you any different from the Catholics' "gay relationships are intrinsically disordered"?

    Posted by: JakeAZ | Jul 29, 2013 5:07:06 PM

  15. Wait, I thought that LGBT was justified because homophobes don't distinguish between LGBs and Ts but lump us together. It seems that isn't true. Seems that even a geriatric bigot like Pat Robertson can see that there is a difference between LGB and T.

    Robertson probably also understands that many Ts are both straight and homophobic and so has sympathy for them.

    Posted by: Male Bug Fan | Jul 29, 2013 5:17:37 PM

  16. Ah he must be taking clues from Iran where gay men are forced to have sex changes.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 29, 2013 5:27:47 PM

  17. Yes, Bug Fan, because one person isn't as bigoted as is claimed, obviously that proves there's no association whatsoever.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Jul 29, 2013 6:57:28 PM

  18. I've always felt passable transgenders are pretty privileged. And they know it.

    Posted by: Truth SERUM | Jul 29, 2013 6:58:22 PM

  19. He and trans people have a lot in common: homophobia.

    Posted by: V05 | Jul 29, 2013 6:58:44 PM

  20. V05: do you have anything to back that up?

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Jul 29, 2013 7:08:04 PM

  21. Who gives a fu*k what this old gasbag has to say?

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jul 29, 2013 7:13:27 PM

  22. DrDonna - He's not just one person. He is a hugely important figure in the Christian Right. This is the founder of the Christian Coalition and the ACLJ. This is a former Presidential candidate. And he knows that LGB and T are different.

    And he isn't the only one. In fact, when it comes to other components of "T" such as hermaphrodites, I'd say the vast majority of homophobes know the difference between T and LGB.

    Now, don't get me wrong. Even if all of them erroneously believed that LGB and T were the same thing, that wouldn't be any justification for LGBT. But since the trans activists claim that this is a valid justification, it is great to see this exposed as yet one more trans activist lie.

    Posted by: Male Bug Fan | Jul 29, 2013 8:37:32 PM

  23. Well, he's a pundit. That means he is supposed to reflect what his people think, rather than tell them what to think. If he said tomorrow that gay people are ok and we should all have equal rights, they'd punt him out the window and find some other bigot who will whisper sweet obscenities in their ear. I have no doubt there will be either a retraction from him or condemnation from other groups. Regardless, there are many reasons why the LGB and T belong together, and this doesn't even invalidate the one reason you've chosen to make it about.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Jul 29, 2013 10:11:59 PM

  24. @Mona: From listening to the video, I don't think he misheard it. His comment sounded like he was simply saying something to get out of the discussion and on to a different topic.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 30, 2013 1:54:34 AM

  25. Yeah, there's lots of great reasons for gay people to lump themselves in with crossdressers. It's worked out so well.

    Well, actually, it has worked out pretty well for shemales, who now have a kind of slave army of "cis" people doing all their work for them and handing over to shemale causes their money and political capital.

    LGBT is a huge scam and like many scams, it only works so long as the marks are kept ignorant. Which is why you always come here to post only on trans stories. You can't let the LGBs talk among themselves about trans issues unsupervised or else they'll realize that they are being conned.

    Posted by: Male Bug Fan | Jul 30, 2013 2:37:15 AM

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