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Monday, July 29, 2013

Pat Robertson Says "I Don't Think There Is Any Sin Associated" with Sex Changes

Posted by Paul Constant on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM

On his television show, a viewer asked Pat Robertson how he should treat two men in his workplace who "have decided that they are females." You'll want to start this video at 2:28, or if you can't handle Pat Robertson's smug, quavering voice, I've transcribed his response:

I think there are men who are in a woman's body. It's very rare but it's true—or women that are in men's bodies—and they want a sex change and that is a very permanent thing. Believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and you have shot up with various kinds of hormones, it's a radical procedure. I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn somebody for doing that. But somebody who just says "I'm really a woman," I question the validity of that statement. They say that they're counted as female—you don't count somebody as female unless they really are, or male unless they really are...It's not for you to decide or to judge.

This isn't a victory for transgender rights. Robertson's answer is still wrong and weirdly genital-focused. Your genitals are nobody's business, and people should respect your gender identification without your having to prove anything. But this answer is still a subtle shift that wouldn't have happened twenty years ago, and so it's worth noting. Also worth noting: If Robertson actually followed his own directive at the end of that transcript—"It's not for you to decide or to judge"—the world would be a better place.


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