Pat Roberston tells mom with gay son to make sure coach didn`t molest him

Pat Robertson is a queer duck.  It almost seems that he’s mellowed just a bit in his age – almost – and then goes and pulls the crazy out of his hat all over again.

This time (as usual) it’s the gays.

On his TV show, Robertson was asked by a mother: “My 16 year old son says he’s gay, what do I do?”

Surprisingly, Robertson doesn’t trot out of any of the standard religious right lines about the kid being a sinner, about how you absolutely positively have to save him from the “lifestyle,” and how he can be “cured.”

In fact, Roberts almost – almost – sounds understanding and sympathetic and, well, human.

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Robertson gives a pretty good answer, at first.  Sure, he tells the mom to pray for the kid. But he also does ask her to find out if there’s a biological thing going on – meaning, Robertson is accepting that at least “some” gay people are born gay. And that’s quite a revelation for a religious right figure.

But then, true to form, Pat Robertson had to go and ruin it. He asked the mom to make sure the boy’s coaches at school haven’t molested him.

One of the tropes among the religious right is that men turn gay because their dads abandon them, or because they’ve been molested.  There’s really no evidence backing either claim, but consider the sources.

Robertson goes on to say, “talk to him, counsel with him, and” – and Robertson emphasizes this part – “be understanding.”

I have to say, a part of me is impressed.  Sure, I’m shocked (well, not really shocked, perhaps “appalled” would be a better word) that Robertson would invoke molestation.  And let’s not forget that this is the man who thinks that gays have “secret AIDS rings” they use to infect straight people with HIV, and who seems to have an odd position on wife-beating.  He’s decidedly not a good guy.  But I’m just as shocked that his answer, otherwise, was predicated on the notion that the kid might have been born this way, and that whatever the mom does, she should “be understanding.”

When has the religious right ever admitted that we’re born this way, let alone that parents should be “understanding” of our sexual orientation?

And keep in mind this isn’t happening in a vacuum.  Robertson also said recently that being transgender is a real thing, and it’s not a sin.  Again, a hell of an admission from a religious right leader.

Now, don’t worry, I’m not planning on making Robertson an honorary homo any time soon, but I am fascinated that a leader of the anti-gay religious right would say anything even vaguely helpful to our cause, and he has of late, and more than once.


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  • Steve

    Maybe he should have asked if the kid was molested by a pastor. That would be more realistic.

  • Anonymous

    It’s never their fault, always outside influences. If all else fails Satan is “possessing” them. Absolutely no responsibility at all. They can’t accept that you are your actions.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of off-topic. I’ve noticed the right-wing approach, in every country & every time period, is to decry “outside influences” as the reason for all the country’s problems. It’s superstitious nonsense. Rather than blame verifiable causes for social problems, people think minorities are corrupting everyone.

    If enough people are prejudiced they will decide that minorities are awful leeches, and somehow deserve less than others. Getting rid of 4 million homeless people in Russia is a perfect example of that. Nothing like 4 million less mouths to feed because most people decide the homeless are arrogant people who “enjoy being poor.” And like this Pat bozo, I’m sure a lot of people would like to get rid of millions of gays. Why? Because they’re humans like everyone else, who deserve benefits, and people don’t want to pay for those they don’t like. It’s classic prejudice.

    I’d go as far as to say the right-wing will always have this dynamic. They’ll always be blind to the flaws of the majority. When you put down religious straight whites, there’s always the monologue about the “original colonists” with their “original religion” who multiplied to populate the country.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I like broccoli :p

    But I do know what you mean.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    I wouldn’t say that.

    I would say that being molested is likely to cause one a lot of mental anguish, and may cause one to act out in various ways. Sex addiction may be among them, but it’s not a cause/effect thing.

    And as we all know, gay is an in-born trait, not a behavior that comes as a result of trauma, which people like Robertson and his followers apparently believe.

  • woodroad34

    No, because he needs them for the videos.

  • woodroad34

    Or the older brother, who was gay, and therefore turned you gay.

  • woodroad34

    This really is the face of religion — stupid, old, bigoted, and ignorant of what real compassion is all about. He starts off as fine wine and ends up being the broccoli.

  • FLL

    Suggesting that males are gay because they’ve been molested is classic demagoguery. The implication is that if all gay and bisexual men were killed off, imprisoned or exiled from the country, there would be no gay males in the next generation because there would be nobody to turn boys gay by molesting them. I think Christian pastors need to abandon this obvious lie unless they want their fellow Americans to draw very unflattering conclusions about them. Christian pastors are not immune to being ostracized by American society.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    Meaning, of course, Robertson — and if that image doesn’t make you gag, nothing will!

    :-P

  • Stev84

    Molested by their lesbian softball coach.

  • Stev84

    And the distant father.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    “One of the tropes among the religious right is that men turn gay because their dads abandon them, or because they’ve been molested.”

    You forgot the controlling mother.

  • cole3244

    these religious leaders are so moronic what does it say about those that live by their teachings.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    According to men like Robertson, we lesbians and bi’s simply haven’t met the ‘right man’ yet.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Allow me to translate RobertsonSpeak:

    “You have to pray for him, and counsel to him” = If you pray hard enough, and “counsel” hard enough, perhaps you can suppress his natural identity, so it will not be an embarrassment to you (and he’ll be the one who has to deal with the fallout years down the road).

    “Was this biological, or did a coach or someone molest him?” = Please let it be that he was molested, because that means the kid remains human in the eyes of the RobertsonBots, and I won’t have to acknowledge that people are born this way. Alternate translation: Did you (the mother) do something when you were pregnant that made him gay? Like drink too many Mimosas?

    “These kids may have attractions to members of the same sex, they’re teenagers and they don’t know what they are doing” = This may well be a phase, if you ignore it and minimize the kid’s real feelings, he will only be a problem for a few more years and you can go on blissfully about the business of sending me money.

    “Don’t write him off, counsel with him, talk to him” = Let him know that this is not what you want, this will pass and he needs to understand that his feelings are not in God’s Plan®.

    “Be UnderstanDING” = Obligatory Christian Phrase designed to make me not look like a bigot.

  • Anonymous

    No repressed urges towards lesbians.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It’s hard to keep track of what you are saying when you are making it all up as you go along. Of course he’s not consistent. it’s all bullshit to begin with. He’s been like this since at least the late 70s. Crazy shit has been coming out of his mouth for decades. Absurd predictions that of course never happened (this would be a great project for someone to put together a real of the nuttiest stuff that he predicted that was the complete opposite of what later occurred) and bold claims that would be amazing if true but for which there wasn’t even a shred of evidence. I’m not sure if he believes what he’s saying or not or like happens with many con artists, fake psychics (I realize that’s redundant) and others who start believing their own crap.

  • chris10858

    I bet he’s been listening to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way on his iPod. LOL

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The old fool is senile— perhaps forgetting the details of hate.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    They usually don’t even bother :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yep, just got something up a bit ago.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Just when I thought it impossible for Patty Robertson to live down to the lowest standards I set for him… BINGO!

  • chrislib

    Being molested at a young age is very likely to turn you into a sex addict, not gay.

  • nicho

    I didn’t hear anything encouraging. What I head was that it was just a phase and he may be responding to being molested by a gay. So, be understanding — right. So you can pray him out of it.

  • Whitewitch

    Perhaps he was drinking before the show today….and he forgot he was supposed to be hateful…like BeccaM says.

  • nicho

    Breaking: Hawaii approves same-sex marriage. — 16 states and DC.

  • vickif

    If that was true how does he explain lesbians?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In the acting biz, there’s this term called “breaking character.” Stephen Colbert, for instance, rarely — but does sometimes — break with his wingnut ‘Truthiness’ character on-screen. Teller, of the duo ‘Penn & Teller,’ supposedly never, ever breaks character while in public — he remains silent and enigmatic always.

    I think in his old age, Pat Robertson sometimes forgets he’s supposed to be a 100% hell and brimstone “shoveling the crazy as fast as he can” kind of TV preacher. A ‘character’ he and many other snake-oil huckstering Christianists put on because it makes money. Fear and sensationalism sell; love thy neighbor and ‘don’t judge lest ye be judged’ don’t sell.

    But it’s as if Robertson breaks character, starts saying something actually somewhat compassionate — then his producer is screaming in his ear, “No no no! You’re showing sympathy for gay people! Quick, say something about them being child molesters or we’ll never hit the donation quarterlies!”

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