Latest Pat Robertson Bizarre Claim: Gay Population Will ‘Die Out Because They Don’t Reproduce’
Pat Robertson, the Christian fundamentalist preacher who commands the $300 million Christian Broadcasting Network empire and, at the age of 84, still appears on his daily CBN broadcast The 700 Club, made another claim in his ongoing series of remarkable statements about the gay population on his program Wednesday.
Though Robertson has made numerous bizarre claims about gay Americans in the past, his Wednesday assertion has observers shaking their heads perhaps more than usual.
As seen in the above video excerpt courtesy of Right Wing Watch, Robertson claimed the gay population will eventually “die out” because, he said, gays and lesbians “don’t reproduce.”
The seemingly absurd statement from Robertson came in response to a question from a viewer who belonged to a Christian church that, the viewer wrote, does not allow its parishioners to date.
“It is treated as a sin to show interest or to have a mutual understanding in church with the opposite sex,” the viewer wrote.
Robertson found this requirement ridiculous — but then quickly took his answer into the seemingly unrelated topic of homosexuality.
“You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don’t reproduce,” Robertson said in response to the viewer question. “You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church, it’s doomed, it’s going to die out because it’s the most nonsensical thing I’ve heard in a long time.”
Of course, given that gay people, like all people, are conceived and born as the result of heterosexual sexual reproduction, Robertson is incorrect to say that gay people will “die out” as a result of not, themselves, engaging in heterosexual sex acts.
He is also incorrect to assume that gay people “don’t reproduce.” Data compiled by The Williams Institute in 2013 showed that 37 percent of American adults who identify themselves as gay or lesbian have parented at least one child.
On the other hand, the percentage of gay people who do “reproduce” has no impact on the size of that portion of the population who self-identify as homosexual. Data shows that children of same sex parents are not more likely to be gay than children of opposite-sex parents.
Robertson has made numerous previous claims about gay and lesbian people, such as his assertion that gay men living in San Francisco wear secret rings that they use to inflict cuts on others to spread the AIDS-causing HIV virus.
Pat Robertson has also claimed that the desire of gay Americans to enter into legally recognize marriages is not genuine, because the true agenda of gay rights advocates is to “destroy marriage and some of the other things we have in our society.”