Last week, Televangelist Pat Robertson gave his viewers permission to marry their first cousins as long as they did not have “mongoloid” children.
“A close friend of mine believes that the person God wants her to marry is her first cousin,” a viewer explained in a letter to Robertson. “There is clear, powerful call of the Lord on both their lives. What do you think?”
“Kissing cousins! Hey, hey!” Robertson replied. “I don’t know anything in the Bible that says there’s a problem about marrying first cousins. Now, look, here’s the deal. If there are recessive genes and there are something in the family that would come out if those two recessive genes come together, they might wind up with children that got some kind of disability.”
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