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Fox host cancels speech for group that thinks homosexuality can be ‘cured’

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier has pulled out of speaking at a summit for an anti-gay Catholic group that believes homosexuality can be ‘cured’.

Mr Baier had been set to speak at an event for Legatus – a Catholic organisation that encourages people to seek a cure for homosexuality.

Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise had also been due to speak at the event, but announced he would pull out of the event yesterday, claiming he was “unaware of the controversy surrounding some of the participants, and their views on personal matters”.

After the controversy, Mr Baier – who serves as Fox’s Chief Political Anchor – has now also withdrawn.

A Fox spokesperson said: “Bret Baier has withdrawn his participation as a speaker at the upcoming Legatus Summit due to the controversy surrounding some editorial stances in the organization’s magazine.

“Bret accepted the invitation to speak about his book, his faith, and his son’s congenital heart disease. He was unaware of these articles or the controversy surrounding them.”

However, Mr Baier is yet to be removed from a list of advertised speakers on the group’s website.

Articles on the group’s website encourage people suffering from a ‘SSA [same-sex attraction] disorder’ to seek a cure.

One reads: “There are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder.

“Some ‘discover’ this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others.

“Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

“Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered.

“These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health.

“Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives.

“Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, ‘the Orient from on High’, and the life that He offers them in Himself.”

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