Perhaps it is time for someone to put Pat Robertson out to pasture because, in all honesty, this is getting a little ridiculous. Recently, Robertson while answering a question from a woman made a comment about how gays supposedly wear rings that allow for the transmission of HIV to others.
Or, as openly gay CNN reporter Anderson Cooper said “Really? A ring that gives you AIDS. I’ve never seen that particular section of Zales. Have you?”
Robertson was answering a letter from an indignant woman who found out that the elderly man that she had been helping to care of on behalf of her church had HIV. Admittedly, she should have been informed since she could have had to help him should he get cut or injured and that information is vital to a caregiver.
Robertson, of course, jumps to the conclusion that this person is gay, and makes pretty much no mention of the issues involved in taking care of someone who has HIV or AIDS. Robertson went on to claim that gay men have special rings that allow them to spread the disease when they shake hands with other people.
Robertson literally said “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.”:
Co-host Terry Meeuwsen tried to move the conversation along, but Robertson wasn’t settling for that.
Robertson has since tried to defend his statements saying:
I was asked by a viewer whether she had a right to leave her church because she had been asked to transport an elderly man who had AIDS and about whose condition she had not been informed. My advice was that the risk of contagion in those circumstances was quite low and that she should continue to attend the church and not worry about the incident.
In my own experience, our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood.
I regret that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said. In no wise were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease.
Yep, he heard it from a man down at the pub. Best source of information out there, right? In truth, it sounds like someone decided to poke fun at Robertson and his anti-gay hatreds.
When the episode went up on CBN, they edited out the segment. We can only guess that they just don’t want people to know that Robertson’s a crazy old man.
We won’t tell them that we already know if you won’t.