Noted televangelist Pat Robertson has taken once more to the airwaves with inflammatory proclamations, opining the Black Lives Matter movement is a lesbian-led “anti-family, anti-capitalist Marxist revolution” that is not right for America. The host of The 700 Club made the statements last night on his long-running television show, finding time to also criticize athletes like Colin Kaepernick for supporting what he described as “a stalking horse for a very, very radical anti-family, anti-God agenda.”
“It’s amazing that these people or these athletes to get sucked into this, and so-called fellow travelers and even businesses,” Robertson said. “Athletes used to be terribly admired by all of society, a very, very positive rating. That rating has gone to negative because of their association with Black Lives Matter.”
The term “fellow travelers” appears to be a reference to people during the 1940s and ‘50s who were sympathetic to communism while not actual members of the communist party.
“They’re talking about Marxist communism,” the 90-year-old minister and religious television mogul said. “They’re talking about destroying the nuclear family. They’re talking about destroying essentially Christianity as being racist. And all the way through they want to upend the capitalist structure and destroying America.”
Robertson was quick in his attempt to distinguish between the BLM organization and the statement that Black lives matter, saying that he and “everybody who’s got any sense” obviously “care about oppression against poor people.” He claimed that concern about issues like police brutality and “some of those things” are legitimate, but that valid concerns about social injustice have been “hijacked by these radicals” with the purpose of implementing a secret agenda.
“Of course, we want to stand with oppressed people against police brutality, of course we do,” Robertson claimed. “But we don’t want to go along with a lesbian, anti-family, anti-capitalist Marxist revolution. We don’t want that for America.”
Robertson is no stranger to controversy. He frequently rants against the LGBTQ+ community on The 700 Club, which airs on the Christian Broadcasting Network as well as twice daily on Freeform, Disney’s youth-oriented network known for its queer-inclusive entertainment. Most recently, he claimed the coronavirus was a “terrible plague” resulting from “terrible things” such as marriage quality and abortion, which he claimed violated humanity’s covenant with God.