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09/18/2013 05:30 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Pat Robertson: San Antonio LGBT Nondiscrimination Ordinance Is 'Unconstitutionally Vague'

In another riveting claim made on "The 700 Club," conservative Christian host Pat Robertson stated that the recent non-discrimination ordinance passed by San Antonio, Texas' city council will put Christians in jail because it is "unconstitutionally vague."

Robertson, echoing the sentiments of hundreds that gathered to "pray" in protest during the ordinance's debate period, claims that offering nondiscrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Texans criminalizes those with a biblical view of sexuality. He stated in the above video:

This means if you speak out about your deeply held religious beliefs they'll put you in jail or they'll brand you some kind of a class three felon. This is terrible! You can't have that. And it's unconstitutionally vague -- this vagueness, you don't know whether you're breaking it or not. That again is unconstitutional. So, this whole thing is outrageous, but that city council should be replaced.

The Christian Broadcasting Network reportedly also claimed that the ordinance "forbids bias against homosexuality or bisexuality."

GLAAD officials say the nondiscrimination ordinance, however, merely offers protection for LGBT people from "discrimination in city employment and contracts, housing, public office, and public accommodation."

Robertson has a long-standing history of extremist conservative claims on "The 700 Club," including most recently that HIV-infected gay men in San Francisco wear special rings that cut other individuals in order to transmit the disease. He has also asserted that gays are comparable to rapists, thieves and murders, told a woman not to attend her lesbian sister's wedding, and stated that gays are merely confused heterosexuals that have "forsaken God."

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

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