Perhaps only a few topics could make a co-host of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club" become "verklempt." But while Kristi Watts was overwhelmed by the inquiry concerning oral sex in the context of marriage, Pat Robertson took it in stride.
"The Bible doesn't make that sinful," Robertson said. "The question is: What's in your heart?"
Robertson endorsed the act if it's a sign of love and compassion between two married people.
His co-host was quick to cite the biblical backing. The verse, found in Hebrews 13:4, reads: "Let marriage be kept honorable in every way, and the marriage bed undefiled. For God will judge those who commit sexual sins, especially those who commit adultery" (International Standard Version).
"It's a question of what is in your mind," Robertson said. "If you feel it's sin -- it's sin."
Here's a look at some of Robertson's other controversial statements:
"This country cannot continue to violate God's principles and to make a mockery of His laws and think we're gonna get away with it. And when the boil comes, it's going to be horrible."
"I know people disagree on the question of homosexuality: Is it something they're born with or is it something they acquire? I think a lot of it is acquired. ... Normally speaking, a person who has acquired this can un-acquire it. We've had many people who have indeed left the homosexual lifestyle and gone into a heterosexual relationship and been very, very happy."
"What is this mac 'n' cheese? Is that a black thing?"
"I hate Alzheimer's. It is one of the most awful things, because here's the loved one -- this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years, and suddenly that person is gone ... I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/14/pat-robertson-divorce-alzheimers_n_963305.html" target="_hplink">he should divorce her</a> and start all over again, but to make sure she has custodial care, somebody looking after her." (The 700 Club, Sept. 13, 2011)
<strong>Pat Robertson:</strong> If a woman is a lesbian, what advantage does she have over a married woman? Or what deficiency does she have? <strong>Terry Meeuwsen:</strong> Well, she can't have children. <strong>Robertson:</strong> That's exactly right. And so, if these married woman can't, don't have children, if they abort their babies, then it kinda puts them on a level playing field. "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." (1992 Iowa fundraising letter opposing a state equal-rights amendment, "Equal Rights Initiative in Iowa Attacked," <em>Washington Post</em>, Aug. 23, 1992)
"We're importing Hinduism into America. The whole thought of your karma, of meditation, of the fact that there's no end of life and there's this endless wheel of life, this is all Hinduism. Chanting too. Many of those chants are to Hindu Gods -- Vishnu, Hare Krishna. The origin of it is all demonic. We can't let that stuff come into America." (The 700 Club, March 23, 1995) "If anybody understood what Hindus really believe, there would be no doubt that they have no business administering government policies in a country that favors freedom and equality." ("The New World Order," p. 219)
"I think the Antichrist is Islam." "Presbyterians are the spirit of the Antichrist." ("The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," p. 239) "You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense, I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist." (The 700 Club, Jan. 14, 1991)
"The separation of God from government has been a tragedy for the whole country. It has been a tragedy to think that this is a secular country." (The 700 Club, February 2009) "There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore." (address to his American Center for Law and Justice, November 1993)
"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know -- Napoleon the Third or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you, if you'll get us free from the French.' It's a true story. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out -- the Haitians revolted and got themselves free -- but ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."
"We're locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana, and next thing you know they've got 10 years. They've got mandatory sentences, and these judges, they say, they throw up their hands, they say, 'There's nothing that we can do. There's mandatory sentences.' We've got to take a look at what we're considering crimes, and that's one of them. I'm not exactly for the use of drugs -- don't get me wrong. But I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot and that kind of thing, I mean, it's costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths, and the come out as hardened criminals. And that's not a good thing."
"I don't see anything wrong with being a wrestling coach, or a boxing coach. But if you get into that business where those who are involved in martial arts, before they start, are actually inhaling some demon spirit -- and some of them do that, by the way -- that enormous strength comes about not from a human source but from a demonic source. You don't want to have anything to do with any of that. So I'll leave it to you, but it's a question of: Are you going to help little kids get out of the ghetto, like Chuck Norris does, or are you gonna teach rich people how to hurt their friends?"
"[President Obama] has chosen to attack a segment of our population: those who have been successful. He is attacking those who own capital, those who use jet aircraft as a business tool. He's attacking all the people who have any kind of luxury or wealth, and yet, he goes to Martha's Vineyard and hobnobs with the rich. ... <strong>These clowns up there at Occupy Wall Street are just picking up the President's message</strong>, perhaps in a cruder form."
<strong>Pat Robertson:</strong> I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major populations...<br> <strong>Jerry Falwell:</strong> The ACLU's gotta take a lot of blame for this.<br> <strong>Robertson:</strong> Oh yes.<br> <strong>Falwell:</strong> ...and I know I'll hear from them for this, but throwing God -- successfully, with the help of the federal court system -- throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools -- the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked, and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians, who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."<br> <strong>Robertson:</strong> Well, I totally concur.
"There's never been a civilization, ever in history, that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity and traditional marriage, traditional child rearing, and has survived."