Popular ultra-conservative televangelist Pat Robertson has once against lashed out at the gay community, saying that just like murderers, rapists and thieves, the gay community can change their ways. He was speaking on his 700 Club show on Monday.
Specifically, he was referring to Ecuador, where a political leader made anti-LGBT comments and as a result had violated the country’s electoral code’s “prohibition on discrimination.”
Robertson, in turn, argued that being anti-gay or speaking out against homosexuality is “not hate speech.”
“It is a hate crime to say somebody can change their sexual preference?” he asked. “Anybody who has ministered to thousands of people…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 about. It’s not a hate crime.”
In March, Robertson equated gays and lesbians with pedophiles when discussing the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly gay members and scout leaders.
He has also previously said gays are ‘possessed,’ that it is possible to ‘un-aquire gayness,’ and that the Democratic Party’s decision to include gay marriage as part of its platform is the ‘death knell’ for the party.