As one of America's most controversial televangelists, Pat Robertson has never attempted to keep his decidedly anti-gay opinions to himself.
On Monday, Robertson proved his disdain for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on social media after joking that he wishes Facebook had a "Vomit" button for pictures of LGBT people kissing.
Robertson, who has previously compared gay people to murderers and claimed that cuckolded wives need to work harder to keep their men faithful, made the comments during the July 8 episode of his daily program, "The 700 Club."
A viewer of the show asked Robertson how to address pictures of same-sex couples on social media sites, like Facebook:
When we "like" things on Facebook, if it's something that goes against what is written in the Bible -- such as pictures of same-sex couples -- is that considered condoning the behavior? How do you explain this to new Christian or youth?
"A couple of same-sex guys kissing, you like that?" Robertson said. "Well that makes me want to throw up... To me, I would punch ‘Vomit,’ not ‘Like.'... But they don’t give you that option on Facebook.”
Although Robertson's co-host laughed, the joke may not be far from the truth given Robertson's past statements on homosexuality. In fact, earlier in Monday's program, Robertson ruminated on a passage of the Old Testament and what he says it suggests about homosexuality.
"[Homosexuality is] an offense; it's an abomination for a man to lie with a man as with a woman. That's what is says," Robertson said. "And those who do that in the Old Testament were stoned to death."
He added that the Bible also says that the land would "vomit out" those who disobeyed the commands.
"For some reason now the Supreme Court has said homosexuality is now a constitutional right," Robertson continued. "This decision that was handed down recently by the majority glorifies this activity and talks about the civil rights and all this. Well, the Bible didn’t talk about civil rights; it talked about this was an offense against God and the land. It was an offense against the land, and the land would vomit you out."
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