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Controversial televangelist and former head of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson, recently told a viewer of his program that they should ask their gay son if he was molested by a coach.
During the "Bring It On" segment on "The 700 Club" that aired earlier this week, Robertson was asked by a viewer, identified as "Fields," as to what should be done about their 16-year-old son who has come out as a homosexual.
"I think you need to pray for him and I think you need to counsel with him and see--you know, is there really a biological thing going on?" replied Robertson, openly pondering if "a coach" might have influenced the teenager's decision.
"Or has he been influenced…these kids are in the formative state and sure they may have some attractions to people of the same sex. I mean, they don't know what they're doing."
A video of Robertson's remarks was posted on YouTube by Right Wing Watch, a project of the liberal organization, the People For the American Way.
Uploaded Tuesday, the video has garnered over 13,000 views, 16 likes, and 34 dislikes. Presumably most of the dislikes were directed less towards RWW and more toward Robertson.
This is not the first time this year that Robertson has received attention over his remarks regarding the topic of homosexuality.
In August, Robertson claimed on "The 700 Club" program that gay men attempt to spread HIV/AIDS by cutting people with a special ring when shaking hands.
"You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people, so if they got the stuff they'll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring's got a little thing where you cut your finger," said Robertson.
The remarks stirred the ire of CNN's Anderson Cooper, who criticized Robertson sarcastically for his claims about "gay rings."
"Really?" said Cooper, "A ring that somehow gives you AIDS? I've never seen that particular section at Zales, have you?"
Robertson later clarified that he had been told by professional security decades ago while organizing a meeting in San Francisco that some AIDS-infected individuals were using gay rings to intentionally infect others.