Last Sunday Pat Robertson was asked by a caller during his weekly broadcast of The 700 Club about how he would handle transgender women (male to female) in the workplace if they had legally changed their genders.
As Huffington Post reported, Robertson handled the question calmly, reasonably, and with an astonishingly rational point of view:
“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body,” he said. “It’s very rare. But it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies — and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when 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.“
And here I was ready to start going on about how this is yet another example of how much of an idiot this guy is. That’s not to say he’s not … even a broken clock is right twice a day … but to hear a refreshing tone of reason and understanding come from such an unlikely source is encouraging every once in a while.
It does make me wonder who in Robertson’s family might have had trouble coming to terms with their gender identity, though. It’s possible he might have always had a spot of sympathy for trans-gendered people, but more often than not, this kind of “targeted empathy” usually comes as a result of having some sort of self interest at stake. I’d like to be wrong, but that’s just my guess.