The Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia desperately needs to diversify its economy and attract new progressive business so as to reduce the area's dependence on federal defense spending. And some efforts are being made to enhance the area's image. But unfortunately, time and time again snake oil merchant/televangelist Pat Robertson (head of Regent University a "Christian" university in Virginia Beach) shoots off his mouth and makes the area look like a bunch of knuckle dragging Neanderthals. The man is a continued embarrassment and unfortunately no one seems to be able to rein him in and tell him to just shut the f*ck up. His latest tirade against gays will do nothing to improve the region's image nationally and internationally. Here are excerpts from Right Wing Watch:
Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson insisted that gays and lesbians can “change their sexual preference” just like murders, rapists and thieves can change themselves. He later warned that the U.S. is on the verge of adopting hate speech laws.Let's be clear. In my view, Robertson is a crook, snake oil merchant and utter hypocrite. Oh, and did I mention that his an arrogant asshole to boot?
Robertson, who has repeatedly promoted ex-gay therapy, said that just as gay people can change their orientation, “a murderer can change, a rapist can change, a thief can change.” Robertson was reacting to a case in Ecuador, where a politician was found to have violated his country’s electoral code’s prohibition on discrimination by making anti-gay remarks.