Pat Robertson: I Wouldn’t ‘Like’ a Gay Couple on Facebook… I Would Click ‘Vomit’ Instead

Pat Robertson, who I’m sure is an avid Facebook user, answers the question we’re all wondering: Is it a sin to “Like” a picture of a same-sex couple?

Answer: What do you think?

“You’ve got a couple of same-sex guys kissing… you like that? Well that makes me want to throw up… To me, I would punch ‘Vomit’ not ‘Like’… they don’t give you that option on Facebook.”

That’s… not at all surprising.

But it raises an even better question: Why would a gay person even be friends with Pat Robertson on Facebook?! (For that matter, why would people be friends with anyone who wanted to vomit at the sight of their happiness?)

Incidentally, the Facebook page called “Telling Pat Robertson to STFU” has 104,000 likes. I’m pretty sure most of them would easily double as vomits.

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Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • MD

    Oh man, I wish I could bombard Robertson’s facebook page or whatever he has with pictures of radiant, happy, newly married gays and lesbians.

  • Andrew

    “I would punch ‘vomit’” What is this, 1950?

  • Fractal Heretic

    Hate the sin, but love the sinner. Then vomit in their face. Sure, that makes sense.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Swap “Christian” for “gay” and all the sudden you’re a hateful persecutor.

    But we’re supposed to love and tolerate.

    I’m an avid Brony, but some things just don’t get loved and tolerated.

  • MD

    For Robertson, it’s always 1950.

  • Fractal Heretic

    The only known cure for a phobia is exposure therapy.

  • WoodwindsRock

    I can’t lie – the thought of me kissing a guy makes me feel quite uncomfortable, BUT I’m not going to make a big deal about it to straight women and gay men as if somehow MY sexual preference being the way it is, invalidates THEIR sexual preferences. It clearly doesn’t. Some people just need to realize the world doesn’t revolve around them and the way they are. I don’t get why this is so hard to understand.

    This old man is clearly not only crazy, but also immature and inconsiderate.

  • SeekerLancer

    I have to wonder what the person writing the letter considers a “new” Christian. Someone literally just coming into the church for the first time or someone joining their particular church?

  • A3Kr0n

    For that matter, why do people think Pat Robertson is still relevant?

  • Charles Raymond Miller

    Patty’s poly-wool blend suit is a Levitical and fashion abomination too.

  • Charles Raymond Miller

    It’s cultspeak for I just became a REAL CHRISTIAN(TM)

  • SeekerLancer

    Yeah, that’s what I was leaning towards.

  • Oranje

    And of course, Pat being Pat, he’s referring to two men together. Not sure if two women is because they’re confused or they haven’t met a manly-man like Pat. *sigh*

  • Josip Zeljko

    The irony of google ads never ceases to amaze me :-)

  • Savoy47

    New Christians must be the shrill strident militant ones, that’s how they use the term “new” when applied to atheists.

  • Tobias2772

    If there was a vomit button, Pat would drown. Seems about right.

  • Gus Snarp

    The raw hate of these cultural relics is becoming more and more obvious in the wake of the Supreme Court rulings. It is truly the death rattle of an ideology in it’s final throws.

  • Gus Snarp

    Immature for sure (also, hateful). It astounds me to see grown men who think of gay people the way I did when I was in high school in a predominately Southern Baptist hick town where I had never met an out homosexual. I grew up and had broader experiences in the world. Pat and his ilk seem stuck in a perpetual provincial childhood.

  • Gus Snarp

    Sometimes I really want to comment on the ads, even though I know Hemant’s not in control of them, it’s just so damn funny. There are other skeptical and atheist blogs suffering the same thing. I like to think of it as taking money from the other side. They’re paying for ads that will not sway a single person here. Maybe I should click on them just to increase the amount they pay, but that I can’t bring myself to do.

  • Gus Snarp

    Apparently he runs a “university” that still graduates thousands of brainwashed Christian students as well as a television show that apparently people still watch, since he’d surely stop if the donations dried up.

    No, his ideas are not relevant to modern society, but sadly he has a lot of followers who haven’t figured that out yet.

  • Holytape

    Well if the gay couple in question was Pat Robertson and John Hagee, I, too, might click on vomit.

    (All I can picture is Pat Robertson feebly actually punching his monitor. Muttering to himself, “Why isn’t the book of faces liking Justin Bieber?”

  • Gus Snarp

    Or because he knows that he’ll produce “lust in his heart” if he thinks of two women together. I mean come on, every good, god fearing man knows that two men together is sickening, but two women together is hot.

  • Holytape

    Correction. 1650. He still gets spooked by flush toilets.

  • Art_Vandelay

    I click on that shit all the time. I’m actually fascinated by what they’re trying to pass off as proof that a 2000 year old Palestinian carpenter created a 950 trillion light-year sized universe.

  • MargueriteF

    I was going to say snarkily that Pat Robertson was never relevant, but the sad truth is that Regent University and similar institutions (like Patrick Henry College) produce a heck of a lot of brainwashed… er, evangelical graduates who head out into the world to make a difference– and not in a good way. Whether we like it or not (and I really, really do not), they do have some influence on American society.

  • Aegis

    The best part I’ve seen of that particular ad is that it claims proof (as usual) but if you hover over it, the very last word in the URL? Guess. Five letters. Begins with F. All they’ve got.

  • Aegis

    So basically he’s moved into the 21st Century with his ways to fantasise about the 13th Century. Cute, in a ‘what the frot is wrong with this guy’ sort of way.

  • Pepe

    The bible? :P

  • Pepe

    So bible believing christians might wanna stop liking photos of their friends eating shell fish. Or having fun during the weekend. Or even wearing most kinds of clothes.

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  • Matt D

    Only vomit, eh? That sounds like progress coming from Pat Robertson, but I’m REALLY sick and tired of seeing people bashing gays without consequences.

  • Mairianna

    Right back at ya, Pat!

  • Matt D

    And on the opposite side, I’m uncomfortable at the thought of kissing a woman, so I know how you feel.

  • Richard Wade

    No one can deliver pure, essential hate so lovingly as does Pat Robertson.

  • Fargofan1

    Between the lines he’s admitting something: it’s not really about homosexuality being “immoral.” He just finds it icky.

  • Richard Wade

    Funny how you never see Joe Klein giving Pat Robertson any Pepto-Bismol.

  • Tainda

    I will answer with something on his level…

    Oh yeah, well I would “punch” vomit on your FACE!

    I also think I punched vomited after that bottle of tequila that I had a few weeks ago. Ugh, NOT fun…

  • Rain

    Hey Pat, what ever happened to clicking “forgive”? How about at least clicking “love thy neighbor”? Lol.

  • Ryan Hite

    This guy needs to go away. People still believe and listen to his crap…

  • kavin Robart @ Buy Facebook fa

    The best part I’ve seen of that specific promotion is that it claims confirmation (obviously) yet assuming that you float over it, the precise final word in the URL? Conjecture. Five letters. Starts with F. All they’ve got.

  • moother

    It’s true…, dinosaurs DO walk the earth with humans!

  • moother

    Get an open minded girlfriend and talk about things and stuff… live for more than 4 decades with an open mind and then see how much “uncomfortable” you have left in you…

  • Bdole

    Whew! For a while there Pat was spouting some rationality. It’s strangely comforting to see that everything’s back to normal.

  • Carmelita Spats

    Vomit? Pat’s protein shakes make senior citizens vomit. This is the guy who made my 80-year-old grandmother vomit when she drank the age-defying protein shakes that he swore would make her leg-press 2,000 pounds:

    Funny how you don’t see Joe Klein leg pressing 2,000 pounds with Pat.

  • Tainda

    He sells protein shakes? WTF?! Doesn’t god just make him strong?

  • Anna

    Unfortunately, his equally-awful son is waiting in the wings to take over. I don’t think The 700 Club will meets its demise when Pat does.

  • Anon

    Don’t worry Mr. Robinson, your bigotry makes me want to vomit too, so we’re equal.

  • Bdole

    Your comment is, so far, underappreciated in my opinion.

  • m6wg4bxw

    Doesn’t Facebook have a “dislike” button? If not, I think it should.

  • the moother

    It’s not just google ads…, it’s every ad network… they all use keywords to sell ads…

    Because xianity is always looking for converts they place their ads with keywords like atheist/atheism/jewish/judaism/hindu/buddhist and the list goes on…, and on…

    The nice thing about it is that they are, in actual fact, an earner for us…, the irony is not that ads are getting placed by the stupidity of xians in the first place – but rather that the revenue for the ads is funding our endeavour… so, click away, my little bunnies… click away until jesus rises from the dead…

    You can click the middle mouse button to open them in another tab (and then middle button again on the tab to close it after it’s loaded) and do your bit to redirect the tax-free dollars to where they can be used in a more constructive way…

    It’s such a sweet thing…, kinda like helping them buy the rope they’ll be using to hang themselves… so sweet…

  • the moother

    was it the pointing and sniggering at 0:35s that did it for you too?

    just curious…

  • the moother

    “I’m not one who switches on likes in facebooks.” – Pat Robertson

  • Thalfon

    Well, that would often function as a pretty good synonym in these contexts.

  • E.H.

    Pat Robertson’s an idiot. Nobody’s forcing him at gunpoint to look at pictures of same-sex couples on the Internet, so why complain at such great length (unless it’s what psychologists call a reaction formation on his part)? Just turn the Internet off if it offends you so much.

    Then again, I’d say exactly the same thing to childfree militants who get upset about parents posting pictures of their kids on Facebook…

  • wmdkitty

    To be fair, the auto-flush toilets are kinda scary…

  • wmdkitty

    I’ll hug anything that moves. Except Pat. I’d happily kick sand over that one…

  • wmdkitty

    It’s not the pictures of the kids, it’s the pictures of poop-filled diapers, vomit, and endless “cute” anecdotes about their kids being total douchebags. “Aw, little Snotlynn was so thrilled to be [wherever] that she was shrieking with joy! Some mean people glared at her — I guess they just don’t know the LOVE that being a MOMMY brings!” (Translation: “I can’t be arsed to teach my kid manners, and don’t care that she was near to bursting other people’s eardrums.”)

    Seriously, parents, the rest of the world DOES NOT WANT TO SEE, HEAR, OR READ ABOUT your Little Snowflake’s potty habits, diaper rash, exploded diaper, barf, or snot. Or your cracked bleeding nipples. Or your C-sec incision leaking fluids. Or your mucus plug. Or your placenta. Especially if you’re ingesting said placenta!

    That shit is gross, and best saved for face-to-face discussion with willing participants.

  • Holytape

    Yeah, but he calls them the devil’s throne. And believes that if you make an offering to it and it accepts it, you have sold your soul to the antichrist. After all that is what Haiti’s founding father, Alexandre Sabès Pétion, did and two hundred years later, bam! Earthquake. No, dear old patty will never fall for that.

    (Hence why the green room at the 700 club is a very unpleasant place.)

  • E.H.

    Well, nobody’s forcing you at gunpoint to look at or read these anecdotes – just as nobody’s forcing Pat Robertson to look at pictures of gay couples. If he’s so secure in his heterosexuality, why is he so obsessed with gay men (wondering again about reaction formation…)? Just like Point number 6 here:

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    1. Anecdotes about people’s kids being “adorable” in the sense of being allowed to behave awfully to others by their terrible parents have very different meanings to those who have been on the receiving end.

    2. If you can’t imagine an online scenario that doesn’t involve trolling a page, that’s not wmd’s problem.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    I remember laughing my ass off a few years back when I read about the shakes. Pat lied so hard. The photo “evidence” had time stamps 1-2 years before when he claimed to be doing it, and was oddly fuzzy. There was an interview with an Olympic trainer who replied, “Well first, I’d like to know where he got a machine with that high a weight limit.” Then there’s the part where due to blood pressure on the eyes, at his age he’d go blind doing high-end leg reps. Even young, healthy people pop capillaries doing that.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    God can make him strong, but God alone can’t steal widowed, lonely grandparents’ social security checks for him.

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  • C.L. Honeycutt

    *quietly shares pics of the custom pony that just came in the mail and giggles stupidly*

  • E.H.

    I guess all I’m saying is that if something on Facebook offends you, don’t obsess about it; just go on to something else. Then again, someone with issues might not be able to do it that easily.

  • wombat

    I almost feel the need to downvote your post because of how depressing a thought that is.

  • wmdkitty

    When it randomly shows up in my FB feed? Yeah, I kind of AM forced to read it.

  • wmdkitty

    Yeah, because only “someone with issues” is going to find a close up of walrus-worthy snot strings gross…

  • Robster

    Do they deflate the Pat after the show and store him in soft comfy bag, then roll him out, charge the battery and inflate the Pat and then put him on the telly for some laughs, or is he real?

  • Rich Wilson

    Anybody else’s FB feed is never my problem.

  • Bdole

    No, but he certainly did seem reptilian at that moment. I thought he was going to sprout some kind of flap around his head!

  • wmdkitty

    Look, I wasn’t expecting (or wanting) to see a picture of my nephew sitting on the potty, okay? Point is, that’s the kind of stuff you keep private and only pull out to humiliate your kid in front of hir date, and some people are literally broadcasting this stuff to the world.

  • wmdkitty

    Huh, who knew ol’ Pat was an Argonian…

  • Drew M.

    Anyone else misread it the headline as “I would lick vomit?”

  • Drew M.

    As are pressure-assisted ones. I always feel the need to count the cats after I flush.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    You’re forced to see this stuff on FB for the same reason I’m forced to put up with political gibberish there. It isn’t as if we can set FB to filter out diaper photos and chain letters posted by family. Our options are:
    1. Put up with it silently.
    2. Say something and offend them (and if they didn’t get the problem before they posted, odds are overwhelming that they don’t listen if you say something.)
    3. Block all messages from them, which will lead to missing important things and possibly giving away that you have blocked them.
    4. Remove them from your Friends list (same problems as #3)

    None of these are good choices, so we’re pretty well forced to put up with it. I for one am getting tired of this scenario on my feed:
    - Family member/friend shares letter about how Obama eats babies.
    - Five seconds with disproves letter.
    - I let family member/friend know (gently) that someone is lying to them and reference posts I’ve made before to no one in particular about not believing stories designed to outrage the viewer before confirming.

    - They respond with “Well, it’s right anyway. He eats babies in SPIRIT” or “I think I know about this because I’ve worked with babies at a job before.”

    - They post another one.

  • wmdkitty

    auto-flush – “I’mma flush when you’re in the middle of doing your business and scare you off the seat”

  • wmdkitty

    I had to de-friend an aunt over gun-control. I ripped her a new one, yeah, but hey, this liberal furry hippie freak isn’t cool with “guns solve ALL the problems” attitudes, ‘cuz it gets people killed. And I’d really rather people weren’t killed for anything less than actually trying to kill another person. In fact, I’d really rather people weren’t killed even then, but I also understand that sometimes, sometimes you do what you have to do to stay alive.

  • Baby_Raptor

    As long as it’s not Rarity, my jealousy will not be enough to burn you through the computer screen. Rarity is best Pony.

    I have the ones they were selling at Wal-Mart; they’ll have to do for now.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    I used to think I was Twilight Sparkle. Later I realized I was Rarity. I’m just going to marry Twilight. ;) Rarity is best pony to be, Twilight is best pony to take to concerts and to watch Netflix documentaries with.

    Actually it’s an original pony, whom I won’t describe here because that would be WAY too geeky. >.>

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    As real as the Teletubbies my friend, only not a tenth so well-spoken.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    I’m starting to think that Punch Vomit would be a great title for a comic book, but it needs a plot.

    Wait no, no it doesn’t.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I was way bigger on Twilight before the Alicorn situation.

    And hey, you’re not the only one with an OC. ^_^

  • Tainda

    Or a name for a thrash metal band

  • Drew M.

    Clearly you are haunted by some toilet-flushing poltergeist. Definitely scary!

  • Rich Wilson

    See, I don’t have a problem with #3 or #4. And I recognize that I’m sure I put stuff out there that bothers people. Hell, considering how little I hear from some of them, I know they’re blocking me.

    But you missed an option. Dump FB. Really, you have more control over FB than you do most of the rest of life.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    The trouble with #’s 3 and 4 is that these people are often friends and family. We don’t want to dump them or their thoughts entirely, or else we don’t want to deal with or can’t afford the familial drama. Hell, I hated blocking Annie Lennox’s posts, but she was seriously clogging up my page.

    Facebook is miles easier to not join than to dump. There aren’t a lot of convenient long-distance social options that enough people will use. I have friends that I really only keep in touch with on FB because the sites on which we met dried up and we don’t have an IM relationship.

    Heh, I did block posts from one family member, but that took her spending six months posting frequent pro-Romney links that were outright lies leading up to November 2012, then, after he lost, writing “Well, good thing I wasn’t counting on him anyway!” Foot-stamping is not a pleasant behavior in an adult.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Don’t worry, the alicorn thing shan’t last long. After all, Hasbro has said that they plan to end the series early because little kids will watch the same thing over and over again, so why bother to keep spending money on new episodes?


  • Digital Liberty

    I think it’s interesting that his first impulse was to use the words “punch” and “vomit” when discussing same-sex couples.

  • Alice

    Well, the person has to be a newbie/n00b to ask Pat Robertson if it’s okay to like a picture of a gay couple. Or more likely, Pat made up the obvious question himself to meet his monthly gay rant quota.

  • E.H.

    Tell them that seeing these pictures would interfere with your brain meds.