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Popular televangelist and founder, ‘700 Club’ Robertson dies at 93

Legendary Christian televangelist who introduced the religious right wing into America’s mainstream politics, Pat Robertson is dead. He was 93.

According to a statement from the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), he passed on at his residence in Virginia Beach.

“His greatest treasure in life was knowing Jesus Christ and having the privilege of proclaiming Him and His power to others,” CBN said in a statement.

Robertson who was a one-time presidential candidate was the popular face and founder of the “700 Club”. The television show first aired in 1966 and is still on till date.

Robertson was also well known for using the media to promote deeply conservative Christian values, including powerful sermons against gay rights. Little wonder he was also referred to as the “fire-and-brimstone” televangelist.

In a condolence statement, fellow pastor, TD Jake’s wrote: “He shattered the stain glass window. People of faith were taken seriously beyond the church house and into the White House.”

In 1988 in a quest to be America’s president, the deceased ran an unsuccessful campaign during the Republican primary. He was however credited to be the one who rallied Christian voters in the party until his passing.

Robertson sparked controversy a few years ago when he supported a statement that said: “America’s tolerance for lesbians, gays and abortionists had drawn God’s wrath on the country”.

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