Pat Robertson is gearing up for the holidays by expressing more anti-gay rhetoric.
The conservative televangelist praised a "700 Club" viewer this week for telling his gay grandson that he couldn't bring his "friend" to Thanksgiving dinner, Right Wing Watch is reporting. The viewer said he told his grandson that "the presence of his sex partners would not be welcome" during the holiday meal, which Robertson said was "taking the right stand."
Likening the request to someone inviting a stripper to a Thanksgiving meal, Robertson said it was "outrageous" for the grandson to ask the family to go against its moral values and allow him to bring his boyfriend to their home.
"There's a real good chance that he might come out of that so-called lifestyle," Robertson said. "He's trying to get you to affirmatively accept what he's doing, and you don't want to do it. He's trying to force you to do something."
The remarks, of course, aren't particularly surprising given Robertson's well-established views on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Last month, he implied that recent turmoil in the global stock market was somehow tied to growing acceptance of same-sex marriage.
"If there was ever a time that we need the grace of God, it is now," he said. "Unless something is done to change the courts and to change the way this country is going, it is just a question of time before the fabric ruptures and we’ll all suffer because of it."
Earlier this year, he also told a woman to forgive her husband of 11 years after he apparently cheated on her with a male friend he'd met at their church when they were drunk, saying, "he didn't know what he was dealing with."
Eh, happy holidays to you, too, Pat!
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