Today on "The 700 Club," a viewer asked Pat Robertson whether or not people can marry their first cousins.

Robertson correctly said the Bible does not ban first cousins from marrying but warned about having children, reports (video below).

"If there are recessive genes and there are something in the family that would come out if those two recessive genes come together, they might wind up with children that got some kind of disability,” said Robertson. "I would check the genetics. Get some geneticist to check the DNA just to be sure. You don’t want to have some mongoloid child. I shouldn't say mongoloid, whatever ... There are all kinds of latent genes that don’t show up unless two latents come together, and then you have a problem." notes the archaic term "mongoloid" was used to refer to people with disabilities, including Down syndrome, but these days is considered a racial slur against Asian people.

Medically speaking, there was a study in 2013 that found marriage between first cousins raises the chances of a life-threatening birth defect from 3 percent (non-related parents) to 6 percent, reported The Independent.

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