Televangelist Pat Robertson addressed Sandra Fluke's "fornication" and said that "Rush Limbaugh got a little bit over the top" when he referred to Fluke as a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Robertson discussed Fluke's testimony at a Democratic hearing on contraception with Jerry Bell of the American Principles Project on his CBN show "700 Club" on Wednesday. In her testimony, Fluke -- a third-year law student at Georgetown Law, a Jesuit institution -- said her school does not provide contraception coverage in its student health plan and that contraception can cost a woman more than $3,000 during law school.
"[Fluke] said that students needed $3,000 a year for contraception and that they couldn’t afford it," Robertson said. "As I understand, the Catholic school was supposed to pay for it. Now Catholics say that fornication, if you will, sex outside of marriage, is a sin. This woman is saying 'I'm going to be committing sin but I want you to pay for my sin.'"
Bell took his attack on Fluke a step further, insisting that Fluke's mission is part of a part of a 200 year plot to destroy religion & the family.
"I honestly think that the left, their greatest achievement is the sexual revolution and they want to complete the job of imposing the values of the sexual revolution on everybody else, including those who have held out and disagree with some aspects of it," Bell said. "They’ve been this way since the 1790s, when the word ‘the left’ was invented... and they have never changed in that regard. Every left movement has been about getting rid of traditional institutions."
Fluke has been the face of the contraception debate since Limbaugh called her a "slut," the first in a series of attacks over her views on contraception. Though Limbaugh apologized, Fluke brushed him off, saying she thought his apology was insincere.
A steady stream of advertisers abandoned Limbaugh's show because of the controversy. The conservative host has insisted he's not worried about the mass exodus, saying "everything is cool" with his show.
Below, a slideshow of some of Robertson's other outrageous statements: