This Sunday, Christian televangelist Pat Robertson made some unexpected comments during the "Bring It Online" segment of his Christian Broadcasting Network show, The 700 Club.
When posed a question from a viewer about how transwomen in the workplace should be addressed, Robertson declined to condemn the trans community. The comments were a surprising turnaround from just a few weeks ago, when Robertson expressed his desire for a "vomit button" on Facebook to use on profiles of gays and lesbians in same-sex relationships.
Of course, it was clear that Robertson's religiously-tinged understanding of transgender identity was shallow at best, but he did affirm that there is nothing wrong with transitioning and respecting individuals who take steps to do so:
ROBERTSON: I think there are men who are in a woman’s body. It’s very rare, but it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies. And they want a sex change, and that is a very permanent thing — believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and you are shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure.
I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.
Robertson went even further and dissuaded his viewers from passing judgement on people who transition. "It's not for you to decide or to judge," he said. Hopefully Robertson's comments help to tone down the hate from social conservatives in Dade County and across the country towards the trans community.
Watch the clip below: