Televangelist Pat Robertson, Known For Homophobic Conspiracy Theories, Dies During Pride Month

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TV evangelist/presidential candidate Pat Robertson.

Televangelist Pat Robertson died at 93. His death was first announced via his broadcasting network, and no cause was provided. Today, the internet reflects on the strange timing of the notoriously homophobic pastor passing away during Pride Month.

Robertson rose to national fame in the 1980s, when he founded the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Christian Coalition. The ultra conservative pastor pioneered televangelism, and long espoused harmful conspiracy theories about the LGBTQ+ community. The former Southern Baptist minister ran for president in 1988, saying that “god told him” to do so. He finished near the top at the Iowa caucuses, though the Republican nomination ultimately went to then Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Robertson’s Homophobia

Before his attempted political career, the pastor became popular in Christian circles as the host of “The 700 Club” in the 1970s. The show reportedly reached 30 million homes. By the 1990s and 2000s, Robertson began spreading hateful rhetoric surrounding several groups. He notably denounced feminism, claiming that it caused women to “leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

In a 2013 episode of “The 700 Club”, the pastor additionally falsely claimed that gay men in San Fransisco, California, would deliberately infect people with AIDS. The LGBTQ+ community is reminding the internet of the lasting impact of hate speech in wake of his death.

The irony of Robertson dying during Pride Month is sparking all kinds of responses.


Activist Matt Bernstein shared a clip of one of Robertson’s conspiracy theories about women and LGBTQ+ people.

Outside of his homophobia, Robertson additionally frequently spread xenophobic and racist views against several different groups. He infamously blamed Haitian citizens for a detrimental earthquake that struck the country.


Several major news outlets and media platforms announcing Robertson’s death are making it clear that they do not support his messaging.

The pastor is survived by his four children, including Gordon P. Robertson.

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