Christian Broadcast Network leader and personality Pat Robertson, 83, is known for his controversial commentary. And his most recent remarks about the transgender community are no exception. Contrary to what one might expect, though, he struck an understanding tone in addressing these individuals and even made some comments about sin that will raise eyebrows.

When a viewer named David wrote in to ask how he should refer to two female co-workers who are transgender and who have surgically changed sexes, Robertson delivered some surprising advice.

Pat Robertson Stuns With Transgender Comments: I Dont Think Theres Any Sin Associated With That

CBN’s Pat Robertson (Photo Credit: CBN)

“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body. It’s very rare, but it’s true,” he said. “Or women that are in men’s bodies and that they want a sex change and that is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and you have shot up with various kinds of hormones.”

Robertson called the procedure “radical” and proceeded to make the most intriguing and controversial comments on the subject — views that are earning him praise among left-of-center blogs that typically lambaste his comments about gays.

“I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that,” he continued. “I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.”

Watch his comments, below:

While he did say that he would question someone who simply claims that they are a man or woman when they might not be, he warned viewers against judging others based on this premise. This, of course, represented a change from past rhetoric.

ThinkProgress, for instance, called the statements “a refreshing change of pace from his usual anti-LGBT condemnations.” And The America Blog claims that Robertson was “surprisingly positive.

Consider that, most recently, Robertson made comments that some perceived as being anti-gay. When asked by a viewer, “When we ‘like’ things on Facebook, if it’s something that goes against what is written in the Bible — such as pictures of same-sex couples — is that considered condoning the behavior? How do you explain this to new Christian or youth?”

Robertson responded by saying that he doesn’t personally “like” things on Facebook, but that doing so is, indeed, a form of endorsing or condoning. The faith leader added that, if it were up to him, he’d push “vomit” instead of “like.”

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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