Jewish Journal


June 9, 2009

Pat Robertson says ‘many made homosexuals because of a coach or a guidance counselor’


The Rev. Pat Robertson, so often a source of consternation and embarrassment for evangelical Christians like myself, seems to believe that most people who are gay left the straight life after being sexually abused by a coach or a guidance counselor. Whoa.

Speaking on his show, “The 700 Club,” Robertson said:

“I am not at all persuaded that so-called homosexuals are homosexuals because of biological problems. They’re may be a very few but there are so many that have been made homosexuals because of a coach or a guidance counselor or some other male figure who has abused them and they think that there’s something wrong with their sexuality so you need to get deep into why he is what he is instead of just saying ‘he’s a homosexual so how do I handle him and how do I be Christian?’ Well, I think you ought to tell him ‘Listen, son. Here’s what the Bible says about this and it’s called an abomination before God so I’ve got to tell you the truth because I love you.’ That’s what I think. Of course you love him and you accept him. You love him. If somebody is on the way to hell, you’ve got to love them to rescue them.”

This bit of mixing the Bible with bad psychology follows Robertson’s suggestion this spring that hate-crimes legislation could be used to protect someone who wants to have sex with ducks, which inspired the sketch, by the same name and which has ruffled some feathers, seen after the jump:

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