The satirical premise expressed in the original piece, that Mr. Robertson might make a connection between homosexuality and hurricanes, doesn't even require stretching the truth. During a 6 August 1998 broadcast of The 700 Club, Mr. Robertson addressed comments at participants of the Orlando, Florida, Gay Pride Festival, stating: "I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you."And Robertson apparently thinks that hurricanes are influenced by the actions of individuals, because he apparently believes that he personally has the power to stop hurricanes. According to quote collector ThinkExist, Robertson said:
"(Regarding his prayers to keep Hurricane Gloria away from Virginia Beach) It was 'extremely important because I felt that if I couldn't move a hurricane, I could hardly move a nation."So is it any wonder that the Dateline Hollywood story slipped under people's baloney detectors? Not really - the guy's a nutjob, and is always saying nutjob things on his show. He didn't say this particular thing, but it's probably closer to paraphrasing his actual beliefs than it is to real satire.