Pat Robertson has made no secret of his opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the past, but the conservative evangelist went a step further on an installment of "The 700 Club" this week, suggesting a woman's teen son might be gay as a result of being molested.
As Right Wing Watch first reported, Robertson made the eyebrow-raising remark in response to a parent, who asked him during the program what to do about her 16-year-old son who had recently come out.
“Is there a biological thing going on or has he been influenced — has a coach molested him?” Robertson asked the viewer. Of the LGBT youth community as a whole, he noted: "“They don’t know what they’re doing, they’re teenagers."
Unfortunately, the comments should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with Robertson's track record. The evangelist, who was named "Bigot of the Year" at Britain's Stonewall Awards last week, made the claim that HIV-positive gays wear special rings in order to cut other individuals when shaking hands and infect them with HIV/AIDS earlier this year.