Televangelist Pat Robertson insists that gay people can "un-acquire" their homosexuality during an appearance on CBN's The 700 Club.
A viewer named Tommy writes in asking, "How do you show your gay son the love of Jesus when you know his sexual preference is an abomination of God?" Robertson falls back on an old chestnut. "Love the sinner and hate the sin," he advises, encouraging Tommy to tell his son he loves him, but he'd like him to change.
"I know people disagree with the question of homosexuality," Robertson acknowledges. "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," Robertson says. "We've had many people who have indeed left the homosexual lifestyle and gone into a heterosexual relationship and have been very, very happy."
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Pat Robertson Tells Man His Gay Son Can "Un-acquire" Homosexuality