Outrage as controversial television evangelist Pat Robertson says Facebook needs a ‘vomit’ button for pictures of gay people
By James Nye DailyMail PUBLISHED: 8 July 2013
Controversial television evangelist Pat Robertson has decided that Facebook is in need of a ‘vomit’ button for pictures of gay people kissing.
Speaking on his Christian show ‘The 700 Club’, over the weekend, Robertson, 83, also reaffirmed his belief that being gay should be punishable in the same biblical manner as bestiality and incest, by stoning.
Warming to his theme, Robertson, attacked the Supreme Court’s decision to declare parts of the DOMA unconstitutional and told his viewers to read their Bibles, asking; ‘Which is going to take precedence: the Supreme Court of the United States or the holy word of God?’
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Robertson let slip his latest homophobic diatribe after a viewer called in to ask Robertson how to deal with pictures of same-sex couples on Facebook and other social media websites.
Rhetorically responding, ‘Do you like that?’, as if liking it meant ‘condoning the behavior’, the evangelist was unequivocal in his reply.
‘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,’ said Robertson.
Twitter user Josh Campbell doubted whether Robertson is a real Christian due to the level of hatred in his remarks, while Joel Dennis simply told the evangelical to ‘Go to Hell’.
While the 1st Amendment protects Robertson’s right to his opinion, social media users of Twitter such as Leon Vlug said that they wanted to vomit in response to Robertson’s comments.
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Robertson has previously compared gay people to murderers and last month spoke out against allowing gay members of the Boy Scouts of America.
He fears this will mean ‘tearing up’ the organization ‘to accommodate a few kids that want to do sex with each other.’
In a later segment of his show, Robertson warned that the United States faces being ‘vomited out’ by God for refusing to condemn homosexuality.
Citing the oft quoted passage from Leviticus 18:28, Robertson stated that the Bible and by extension God feel that is is an ‘abomination’ for people to engage in homosexual behaviour.
And for good measure, Robertson reminded his viewers that ‘Those who do that, in the Old Testament, were stoned to death.’
Warning his country men that the U.S. could be on a path to ruin, Robertson exclaimed, ‘The nations who were doing these things were vomited out of the land and the land vomited them out.’
Turning his attention to U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act two weeks ago, Robertson vented his fury.
‘For some reason now the Supreme Court has said homosexuality is now a constitutional right and this decision that was handed down recently by the majority glorifies this activity and talks about the civil rights and all this,’ said Robertson.
Washington: President-elect George Bush meets with evangelist Pat Robertson at the White House in 1988
In May, Robertson declared that the power of God can change people’s sexual orientation in response to Ecuadorian presidential candidate Nelson Zavala being banned for making controverisal remarks about the gay community.
Roll-Call of Shame – Robertson’s History of Homophobic Remarks
In 1992, Robertson was heard during a Larry King Live commerical break to brand a caller a ‘homo’.
In 1998, Robertson attempted to blame deadly wildfires in Florida on lightning strikes sent by God as punishment for Gay Days at Disney World
Two days after 9/11, Robertson invited now deceased Southern Baptist Jerry Falwell onto his show and agreed with him that gays, lesbians, abortionists and feminists were responsible for the attacks
In 2011, Robertson declared that abortion was a conspiracy created by lesbians to create an equal playing field with straight women
Robertson said, ‘That man’s freedom of speech is being taken away … the power of God can change people’s orientation.’
‘A murderer can change, a rapist can change, a thief can change. That’s what the gospel is all about.’
In the past, Zavala had said that gay people can be ‘cured’ and suffered a ‘severe deviation of conduct.’
And, earlier this year, Robertson expressed his dismay that gay children could be allowed into the Boy Scouts of America, wondering whether this would open the doors to ‘predators’ and ‘pedophiles’.
Robertson is known for his deeply conservative views and founded the Christian Broadcasting Network and ran for U.S. President in 1988.
He has a daily audience of nearly one million people for his show ‘The 700 Club’ and it is broadcast on the ABC Family cable network, Trinity Broadcasting Network and numerous local affiliates across the country.
Conservative evangelical leader Pat Robertson (right) announces his endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Republican presidential nomination at the National Press Club November 7, 2007 in Washington D.C.
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