Anti-LGBTQ Televangelist Pat Robertson said on Friday that marijuana users are “slaves to vegetables.”
Speaking to Fox News personality Sean Hannity, Robertson wondered out loud how “somebody made in the image of God is a slave to a bunch of weeds.”
Here’s part of the bizarre conversation highlighted by Media Matters:
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I’ve found as I get older in life, and I don’t have the longevity genes you do, and my stress level’s a little bit out of control right now, I’m not gonna lie — and I’m just thinking that at the end of the day, if you believe that there is a God, and he’s the creator of every man, woman, and child on this earth, and that man’s struggle is that they’re a fallen being, and that people have a propensity for good and evil — you know, I believe that the good outnumber the evil by a longshot, and I — you know, if anything, I would argue that the human, you know, — might is — I guess “strong is the desire, but weak is the flesh,” I guess is a common quote in the Bible, I know I didn’t say it well.
SEAN HANNITY:But the desire is strong, the heart is there, but, you know, the pull of the flesh, I guess, is weak, and I’m not talking about any one sin. Do you believe, as I do, that most people are good people?
PAT ROBERTSON: I think we have within us — you know, one of the things that I’ve pointed out in my book and others, we are made as tripartate beings. We have a body, we have a spirit, and the two together make up a soul, and we are created in the image of God, and we are — can be like God. We have enormous power if we give it to the Lord. Whereas the same time, there is an enemy who wants to destroy us, who hates humanity, who hates the people created in God’s image, and they’ll do everything to destroy us.
PAT ROBERTSON: All this drug addiction, can you imagine somebody made in the image of God is a slave to a bunch of weeds? I mean, you know, they’re plants and vegetables. Cocaine, marijuana, all these things are vegetables, and we’re supposed to be in charge. He said I’m going to give you dominion over the whole earth, and yet we’re slaves to vegetables. I mean, this is so humiliating.
This isn’t the first time Robertson has made the claim. In 2015, Robertson told his “The 700 Club” viewers that marijuana users and drinkers are “enslaved to vegetables.