Pat Robertson, who built a broadcasting empire and led an influential coalition to make religion and influential aspect of politics on the right, has died. He was 93.
The Christian Broadcasting Network, the enterprise he created from a Virginia TV station, announced his death at his home in Virginia Beach.
Robertson led the Christian Coalition, founded in 1987, the year before he ran for the Republican nomination for president. Although he was never expected to get the nomination, he made an impressive enough showing in the first contest in Iowa to remain a force in GOP politics.
More recently, Robertson often drew controversy — and some ridicule — for his statements on his daily 700 Club, in which he said that certain natural disasters were God’s revenge for more liberal acceptance of things like homosexuality. The show still airs on the cable channel Freeform, as part of an arrangement that stems from Robertson’s sale of The Family Channel to Rupert Murdoch in 1998.
More to come.