Longtime televangelist and first-class anti-gay pundit Pat Robertson nabbed a very fitting honor at the Stonewall Awards yesterday -- the very prestigious "Bigot of the Year."
The award is reportedly reserved for "an individual who has gratuitously caused hurt and offense to gay people around the world," according to the Daily Mail.
Robertson had some stiff competition for the title, managing to beat out notorious homophobe Niall Ferguson; Rev. George Gebauer, who came under fire for refusing to baptize a lesbian couple; Scott Lively, who has single-handily taken credit for inspiring Russia's anti-gay laws, and outspoken anti-gay adoption politician Winston McKenzie.
So how did Robertson manage to claw his way to the top of the anti-gay totem pole this year? Let us count the ways:
After inspiring hope in LGBT people everywhere by stating that he didn't think identifying as transgender was a sin, Robertson went on to compare transgender people to his castrated horse.
In addition, the anti-gay pundit has claimed that LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances will put Christians in jail, and stated that gays are just straight people who have "forsaken God." And who could forget his desire for a "vomit" button on Facebook so he could express his feelings surrounding LGBT-related posts?
Perhaps most notoriously of all, Robertson made the claim that gays with AIDS wear special rings in order to cut other individuals when shaking hands and infect them with the disease in August.
Another well-deserved honor, Pat.