Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pat Robertson Promotes "Ex-Gay" Cure Myth

Once again Pat Robertson is causing sane and rational local residents to cringe with more of his reality denying batshitery. His latest eruption of verbal diarrhea on The 700 Club involved his advice to the parent of a gay son to admonish his son to "un-acquire" his sexual orientation and "get out of" homosexuality. Never mind that every legitimate mental health and medical association says that reparative therapy doesn't work, is unethical, and is often harmful. Or the fact that researchers at Robertson's own Regent University belatedly have admitted that reparative therapy doesn't change sexual orientation. Nope, instead Robertson's sticks with the same old tied Christianist lies. As for the father asking the question, he needs to get his head out of his ass and educate himself as to the untruthfulness of Robertson's advice. Nothing is more selfish than trying to force your children to live their lives to please you. Oh, and as for gays going to Hell, I suspect that all the seats will be taken by the likes of Robertson. Here's Right Wing Watch's commentary on Robertson:

Today on The 700 Club, a man with an openly gay son asked Pat Robertson how he can show his son “the love of Jesus when you know his sexual preference is an abomination to God.” Robertson told the father to love his son by encouraging him to “un-acquire” his sexual orientation and “get out of this.” Robertson’s advice should come as no surprise, as The 700 Club has featured “ex-gays” and the televangelist has said that gays and lesbians are “on their way to hell,” will bring America into the “ash-can of history” and prompt God to destroy America.

Robertson: Well you can love, you know what they say, you love the sinner and hate the sin, but I think what you got to do is love him, you’re his father. You want to say, ‘look I don’t agree with what you’re doing but I love you, you’re my son, you came from my body, you’re part of me and I’m with you but I’d like you to get out of this.’ I know people disagree with the question of homosexuality; is it something that they’re born with or is it something that’s acquired? I think a lot of it is acquired, I don’t know all the genes or the genetics that’s in your son as to what is causing him to do whatever he’s doing, you’ll have to figure that one out. But normally speaking, a person who has acquired this can un-acquire it. We’ve had many people who have indeed left the homosexual lifestyle and gone into a heterosexual relationship and have been very, very happy. But all I can say is love the son, love the son, and show him what you consider a better way.

Notably, Robertson’s own Regent University in a study of sexual minorities (gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or bi-curious) involved or once involved in opposite-sex relationships found that heterosexual behavior did not alter their homosexual or bisexual orientation

With the rapidly changing global economy and the increasing need to attract talent, the Hampton Roads area desperately needs to change its ignorant, backward image. That's not going to happen with Robertson, CBN and Regent University daily underscoring the image that is harming the area's future and causing the educated younger generations to leave the area.

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