Pat Robertson has been hosting his right-wing, anti-LGBTQ religious talk show from his compound in Virginia Beach since the mid-60s. Now 91 years old, he has finally decided to retire. To celebrate, the internet looked back on his history of hate.
Conspiracy theorist, anti-LGBTQ activist, religious extremist, right wing media mogul, and conservative televangelist Pat Robertson announced on Friday he is stepping down from his role as host of “The 700 Club.” And while his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is calling it “60 Years of History-Making TV Ministry,” many others are applauding the decision.
For more half a century Robertson, a former ordained minister, waged what he saw as a religious war against the LGBTQ community. Just two days after 9/11, while the nation was still crippled and devastated, Robertson joined with Jerry Falwell, infamously blaming gay people and others he opposed for the terror attacks.
“The ACLU. The ACLU has got to take a lot of blame for this,” Falwell declared.
“Oh yes,” Robertson agreed.
Falwell went on to blame “the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle,” along with the “People for the American Way, all of them.”
“Well, I totally concur,” Robertson declared.
He never apologized.
In 2005 Robertson “accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg of being a communist,” Americans United reported.
He never learned his lesson.
Just last year Robertson blamed the coronavirus pandemic on “wicked” same-sex marriage and on abortion:
Many are rejoicing upon learning Robertson will no longer helm his long-running TV show.
Hallelujah: Sociopath Pat Robertson finally stepping down after decades of posing as a "Christian." https://t.co/pyuxey6uJE— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) October 1, 2021
Pat Robertson will be taking a lot of steps down soon, each one a little warmer than the last. https://t.co/C79KBdRqVD— Jim Stewartson, Antifascist, #RIPQ 🇺🇸🏴☠️ (@jimstewartson) October 1, 2021
So much of the modern conspiracy theory movement was built off Pat Robertson's incoherent scaremongering, relentless pushing of culture war tropes, New World Order hysteria, and demonizing of progressivism. A legend of the paranoid style. https://t.co/Z3WruqNclR— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) October 1, 2021
Few people in modern American history have done more damage to Christianity and the common good than Pat Robertson. He's an apostle of hate, not a follower of Jesus. https://t.co/Hq5YPWFoOn— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) October 1, 2021
Pat Robertson, who's blamed gay people for hurricanes and Covid, is stepping down from hosting the 700 Club, an evangelical hate fest. Pat will be resuming his career as a ventriloquist's dummy, calling numbers at Mar-a-Lago bingo nites pic.twitter.com/0WADWnCyBe— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) October 1, 2021
Pat Robertson contributed 55 years of damage to society at large with racism, misogyny, and xenophobia weaved into Christianity. https://t.co/5ouMC96i3J— Atima Omara (@atima_omara) October 1, 2021
Pat Robertson, indotrinator and so called Christian is stepping down. Good riddance.— Nurses Against Dick Pics. (@ClaudetteGGibs1) October 1, 2021
“Christian leaders” like Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and Jerry “Unzipped” Falwell Jr. helped Trump get elected.— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) October 1, 2021
Pat Robertson defended Trump's joking about sexual assault in the Access Hollywood tape as "macho" talk.
Pat Robertson, 91, is stepping down as host of the 700 Club after 55 years! Why so soon? lol…He has been the host since LBJ was President and a great majority of Americans today were not alive when he started! Good riddance & hope this show dies off for good! #PatRobertson— Dan Pereira (@ddanpereira) October 1, 2021
Pat Robertson stepping down from The 700 Club to spend more time at home hating gay people and building models out of toothpicks I guess.— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@DeathMetalV) October 1, 2021
Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Top Photo via NCRM.