On his The 700 Club program,
Christian conservative Pat Robertson advised a father on how to react
to a young person coming out as transgender.
In a segment titled “Your Questions,
Honest Answers,” a father named Mickey wrote in to ask: “My son
is 21 years old, and he told me and my wife one day after we came
home from Church, that he is a now a woman. I told him that you are
my son, not my daughter. He got upset and decided to go to his Aunt
instead, since she is living as a bisexual. My wife and I feel lost.
We want our son back, but what can we do? Can we ask our church to
help us in any way?”
“Well, I think you need to do a lot
of prayer. You need to do a lot of love,” Robertson, a vocal
opponent of LGBT rights, advised.
“This whole business about
transsexual has just gotten out of control. You know, it's amazing
how people are being misinformed and they are being led to extreme
surgical procedures, extreme hormonal treatments and things like
Robertson said that many transgender
men and women regret their decision to transition.
“I think the culture is just screwing
people's minds up and I think we ought to be free from that. … How
do you deal with that? Get somebody that's a peer, somebody that he
will respect to sit down and talk to him. And say, 'Get real.' … Do
you want to get your organs cut off? You want to have a woman's sex
organs put in? Do you want to take hormones and have breasts like a
woman? Or do you want to walk around like a man? And are you willing
to go through all that? And the young man's gonna say, 'Not really.'”
“Where does it come from? It's a
delusion that is coming upon people, this idea,” Robertson
The 700 Club has featured
numerous LGBT individuals who claim their lives improved once they
altered their sexual orientation or gender identity.