Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday called on Christians in San Antonio to “rise up” against a recently enacted ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The San Antonio City Council approved the measure nearly 2 weeks ago with an overwhelming 8-3 vote, joining nearly 180 cities nationwide with similar ordinances, including the Texas cities of Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin and El Paso.

Despite including an exemption for religious organizations, opponents argued that passage would have a chilling effect on religious expression.

After airing a segment on the ordinance, Robertson said the measure was approved because Christians were “sleeping.”

“This shows why you should register. Why you should vote. Why you shouldn't be asleep,” Robertson told his 700 Club audience. “You see, those people were asleep. I mean seven, eight percent of them were voting, the city council figured they'd do what they wanted to do. There are enough Christians there that I can see when they rise up, and they're going to on a thing like this. Because this means if you speak out on your deeply held religious beliefs they'll put you in jail. They'll brand you some kind of a class three felon. … This whole thing is outrageous. But that city council should be replaced.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)