Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Pat Robertson
Noted scientist Pat Robertson checks in at number five, for counseling a woman who wrote in to his 700 Club program on Wednesday that her friend should feel free to marry her first cousin — as long as she speaks to a genetic counselor first.
You may think that this is uncharacteristically sensitive advice from the conservative televangelist. You’d be wrong.
“There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t marry your first cousin,” Robertson counseled. But there are risks.
“You don’t want to have some mongoloid child,” he added.
Noting his co-host’s disapproval, Robertson quickly backtracked, acknowledging “I shouldn’t say Mongol.”
No, Pat. No you shouldn’t.