Given some of his controversial statements on women and gays, Pat Robertson surprised many this week when he replied to a viewer question about transgender lifestyles...
... and showed understanding and compassion when it came to these individuals.
The televangelist - who recently said he wants to vomit over gay men kissing and who blamed a wife for her husband's infidelity - was asked by a 700 Club fan about coworkers who have legally changed their gender and replied:
"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 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."
Robertson concluded that it's not for anyone to "judge" the choices these conflicted people make.
Along similar, surprising lines, the Pope reacted the same way to the topic of homosexual priests.
"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can't marginalize these people."