While some have been lobbying Facebook to add a “dislike” button, the Rev. Pat Robertson would prefer the social media giant add a “vomit” button, so he can respond to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community online.
On Monday, the 83-year-old televangelist and broadcasting mogul said he wishes a “vomit” button would exist so he can use it for photos of LGBT couples kissing.
During Monday's episode of his long-running show, “The 700 Club,” a viewer asked Robertson how to address photos of same-sex couples on social media.
“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 Christians or youth?” the viewer asked.
Robertson responded: "A couple of same-sex guys kissing, you like that? 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.”
Earlier in Monday’s episode of the program, Robertson cited a passage from the Old Testament regarding homosexuality, saying it’s an “abomination” and an “offense” for which the Bible said people “were stoned to death.” He also explained that “the land” would “vomit out” anyone who disobeyed what was written in the Bible.
"For some reason now the Supreme Court has said homosexuality is now a constitutional right," Robertson said. "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."
Of course, this is not the first time the televangelist publically lashed out on the homosexual community on his show. In 1993, Robertson compared homosexuals to Nazis, saying: “Many of those people involved in Adolf Hitler were Satanists. Many were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together." A year before, Robertson called a caller for the “Larry King Live” show a “homo” during a commercial break.
In fact, Robertson has spent decades going on anti-gay tirades, most recently in May when he compared gay individuals to rapists, murderers and thieves.
Robertson made headlines again this past May when he addressed his views on the topic of adultery, excusing straight husbands who stray.
"Here's the secret," he said. "Stop talking about the cheating. He cheated on you, well, he's a man." Instead, Robertson continued, it’s important for the wife to focus on questions like: "Why did you marry him in the first place? Does he provide a home for you to live in? Does he provide food for you to eat? Does he provide clothes for you to wear? Is he nice to the children?' Start focusing on those things," he said.
"Also, like it or not, males have a tendency to wander a little bit," he added.
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