VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A new book out this week is shedding new light on the past of popular televangelist preacher Pat Robertson. The book’s anonymous author, going only by “Sally,” claims to have had a “sordid, sexual affair” with Robertson in the early 1950s. Premarital sex alone would likely sully Robertson’s good name among Christians, but the real scandal is much worse: According to the book, Robertson’s fling was with a transsexual.
“Holy Nail: My month with Pat Robertson” describes a four-week affair that included all manner of sexual and spiritual adventurism. “We’d do it all morning, then Patty would go off to pray the sex off of him,” Sally writes. “I’m not sure if it ever worked, though. He usually came back ready and rarin’ to go.”
Sally claims that Robertson knew she was a transsexual and decided to continue the affair anyway. “He used to say I was the perfect blend of feminine mystique and masculine libido,” Sally writes. “The things we did in bed were wonders to behold—true examples of God’s endless artistry—and it’s a shame Patty has pretended like it never happened ever since.”
Robertson’s silence about his past won’t surprise close observers of his television program, “The 700 Club.” Recently, the televangelist told a caller to his show that people who have engaged in sexual affairs with transsexuals should not tell anyone about what they’ve done.
“What you should do is keep your mouth shut,” Robertson told the caller, who admitted to having slept with a transsexual woman before meeting his wife. “That’s real simple. You know, all of us did stuff before we were married, but you don’t parade out all your girlfriends or your boyfriends or your sexual encounters or whatever you did. You just don’t do it.”
The book, though written anonymously, contains details that seem to prove that its author had an intimate relationship with Robertson. “The mole on Patty’s left buttock was shaped like a rainbow,” the author writes in Chapter Eight. “It was so cute, but he was deeply insecure about it.”
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which Robertson founded, is already distancing itself from its biggest star. “We should have seen this coming,” said CBN president Michael D. Little, noting that Robertson has already said that, in his opinion, transsexualism is not a sin. “For Pat to take to go soft on people like transsexuals, after everything he’s said about gays and Muslims and everyone in between, should have been a bright red flag.”