Televangelist Pat Robertson often raises eyebrows when he dispenses advice to viewers who write to him.
Robertson continued that tradition today when a viewer wrote him over her concern about a lesbian friend being around her children, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
The concerned mom wrote in about a best friend from school whom she reunited with ten years after high school.
The viewer wrote in part, "Recently I invited her to meet my children. She said, 'yes' and asked if she could bring her 'partner.' I said, 'okay.' I know that my friend's family has shunned her because of her lifestyle and I don't want to be like that. I want to show her love, but I don't want her to think I'm okay with her ways. And I don't feel comfortable having her around my children. Should I keep this friendship?"
Robertson has previously said that gay people are “trying to recruit more of the straight population" and echoed that unproven claim today with a softer touch.
“You keep love, you loved her, you were close and your influence may have something significant to her, the idea is you don’t gain anything by shunning,” advised Robertson. “But at the same you don’t want your children to grow up as lesbians, that’s what you’re talking about, you don’t want to show them that that’s an acceptable lifestyle for your family.”
“It doesn’t hurt to tell somebody, 'I love you, we are going to do what we can to be friends if we can. I have my lifestyle, it’s Christian and you have yours, it’s not' I’m sorry we can’t indulge in certain things together.'" added Robertson.
There are conflicting beliefs, but no scientific evidence that gay people can turn straight people into homosexuals or that straight people can turn gay people into heterosexuals.
There was a study in 2007 in which scientists switched gay and straight fruit flies with a drug that changed the flies’ sensory circuits in how they reacted to pheromones of males and females, noted The New York Times.
There was a study last year that suggested homosexuality might be predisposed in some people's epi-marks, which affect the way genes in DNA are expressed.
"These epi-marks protect fathers and mothers from excess or underexposure to testosterone, when they carry over to opposite-sex offspring, it can cause the masculinization of females or the feminization of males hich can lead to a child becoming gay," William Rice, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Santa Barbara, told USNews.com.
Sources: The New York Times, RightWingWatch.org, USNews.com