Pat Robertson claimed today on the “700 Club” that a boy might be turning homosexual because he is being raised by a single mom.
A viewer named "Kristi" wrote Robertson, "Recently my step-son told us that he is having crushes on boys. He is 13 and lives with his mother most of the time. How do we approach the situation? What are the next steps we should take? We have 2 other boys, ages 3 and 1."
"He's being raised by a mother," replied Robertson, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"So his attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman,” claimed Robertson.
“I think before I did anything else, I'd get him male companions, I’d get him some man to help him, some mentor, someone who cares about young men,” added Robertson. “He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation.”
Like so much of Robertson's "advice," this claim was debunked decades ago.
According to Psychology Today:
For a long time, the psychiatric profession blamed overly close maternal relationships for causing the "disease" of male homosexuality. Even though research since the 1950's has debunked it, this theory persists in people's minds and rears its ugly head for mothers when they initially learn their sons are gay. Fortunately, for many mothers of gay sons--with time and education, they learn that the idea that they had somehow made their son gay is dead wrong.
"The myth is that any boy close to his mom will be a sissy, a wimp, forever dependent and never a man who can have a healthy relationship," author Kate Stone Lombard told ABCNews.com in 2012. "And it's everywhere we look, in the movies, on TV."
"Homophobia is one of the 'big bogeymen' behind why society is so critical of the mother-son relationship," added Stone. "The unspoken fear is that if the mother is too great an influence on the son, she will somehow make him gay."