Gays use secret rings to give people AIDS, says Pat Robertson (video)

It’s interesting.  Religious right leader, and former GOP presidential candidate, Pat Robertson starts off giving an actually quite decent answer in response to someone who’s concerned that their church had them give multiple rides to an elderly man, without telling the driver that the man had AIDS. The driver is upset because, he says, what if they had an accident and the man’s blood infected him.

Robertson, surprisingly, gives a quite decent answer in which he tells the person to chill out.

Then things get a bit hinky. Keep in mind that these comments are happening in the middle of a conversation about people infected with HIV/AIDS.

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PAT ROBERTSON: You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community, they want to get people, so if they got the stuff, they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger.

DITZY SIDEKICK: Really?

PAT ROBERTSON: Yeah, really. I mean, it’s that kind of vicious stuff that should be the equivalent of murder.

DITZY SIDEKICK (breathlessly): Yeah.

Really.

Robertson then clarified later in the day that his remarks had been “misunderstood,” and that people taking his comments out of context “often happens.”

Sure does.

Here’s Robertson’s “clarification,” then the video:

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 [sic] were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease.

As a friend wrote on Facebook in response:

I’m too busy causing tornadoes and destroying the institution of marriage to have time to go jewelry shopping.


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  • M.R. Canon

    I understand gays now want to be able to give blood.

  • BillFromDover

    Why would gays – or anybody, for that matter – intentionally want to spread aids among the population?

    After all, doesn’t what goes around, come around?

    I suggest this bottom-feeder return to his expertise… hurricanes.

  • http://www.herpeswoo.com/ HerpesWoo.com

    More education about HIV/AIDs will be welcome.

  • Thom Allen

    Perhaps the memory care unit had enough of sweet old Pat and helped him elope.

  • frenchie

    ahah I love the respond posted on facebook!

  • Rob Dowdy

    Okay that’s weird. He actually is Kirk Cameron’s father, just not THAT Kirk Cameron I guess. So there are two scary, wacky rabidly anti-gay Kirk Camerons in the world. I didn’t need to know that.

    Here they are arguing that homosexuality is a terrible mental disease and that its declassification as such in 1973 was a grave mistake:

    http://www.familyresearchinst.org/2012/10/re-examining-evelyn-hooker-setting-the-record-straight-with-comments-on-schumms-2012-reanalysis/

  • Rob Dowdy

    One of the Youtube comments on that video was just about perfect. To paraphrase, it was: “So that means we have pineapples and durians because god is an asshole, right?”

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Anderson Cooper: “(Robertson is like) that elderly relative who you only see at Thanksgiving. He doesn’t get out of bed much and he’s sitting around the table and he suddenly blurts out nonsensical sentences in between chewing on soft foods.”

    He went on to play a clip reel of some of Robertson’s most outrageously wrong-headed statements about LGBT people, including the idea that “demonic possession” leads men to have sex with other men and the statement that seeing “two same sex guys kissing” makes him “want to throw up.” Cooper also played clips of Robertson’s thoughts on heterosexual sex, like the time he urged a woman to stay with her cheating husband because ultimately it was her fault he was going astray.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/29/anderson-cooper-pat-robertson-blurting-out-nonsensical-sentences-in-between-chewing-soft-foods/

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Let’s not forget we LGBTs are apparently responsible for 9/11, Serbian mass murder, Hurricane Katrina, and lots, lots more.

    Robertson is a frickin’ loon.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “how pacifist our movement has been, even during the height of the AIDS epidemic” That’s not how I remember it. ACT UP, was the least of it.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    What would Prince Albert say?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Blood metals, slave diamonds……..god’s work for the righteous Pat Robertson.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Wait just a sec…the wild-type banana from which the commercial banana was bred is, like, four inches long and full of seeds. Looks like God’s version of the banana was kind of screwed up and we had to improve on it, eh?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    There are a ton of loopholes in what HIPAA actually protects and what it doesn’t.

  • jomicur

    Of course we’re powerful. We cause hurricanes, volcanoes, tidal waves, landslides, massive wildfires, and the spots in Christian sinks. Didn’t you know?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    The Rapture has already happened, obviously. All the good ones are gone.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Insane old man yells at cloud.

  • ArthurH

    Wait until they find out the Rapture is really space aliens collecting specimens for their zoos.

  • ArthurH

    Not to mention Little Orphan Annie! And right-wing cartoonist Harold Gray thought she was such a good little girl. I’ll bet he blamed Ovaltine for those decoder rings.

  • ArthurH

    More like the Voice of Clod.

  • Anonymous

    I also heard Pat Robertson has a little ring to give me dementia.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Pat Robertson gets these lies from the voice he hears whispering in his ears. That is not the Voice of God…

  • HolyMoly

    And if you’re hellbent on spreading the virus, why would you sit around and wait for unsuspecting straights to come to San Francisco? You’re not going to spread it very far if you do that. Why not travel elsewhere and start shaking hands?

    Funny how every single person who has AIDS fits into the category of potential murderer in his eyes, so watch out, lest you become one of their victims! Doesn’t Robertson have a separate category, one designated for those who contracted AIDS from these malicious attacks? You know, AIDS patients who are NOT hellbent on infecting the rest of the populace? Seems as though once you get the virus, suddenly you’re one of THEM in his eyes.

  • Monoceros Forth

    “You quoted me out of context,” the offensive popinjay’s version of, “The check’s in the mail.”

    Are you sure you want your remarks quoted in context, Pat? We can start with your business dealings in Africa. That’s some interesting “context” right there.

  • clarknt67

    Paul Cameron is not Kirk’s father, despite their very similar views on gays, they are unrelated.

  • clarknt67

    That was another piece of nonsense about laws restricting it. Huh? Does he mean abstinence only law conservative Christians pass so we can speak of what sexual acts convey HIV.

  • clarknt67

    I thought it was kind of funny that like 80% of his answer was halfway decent, considering the source. Then he’s off to coo-cooville.

  • HolyMoly

    HIPAA

  • Bomer

    I swear the rapture can’t come soon enough and take these loons away.

  • DrDignity

    A memory care unit is missing its escaped patient. Pat, call home!

  • Thom Allen

    Pat his his rings confused. THIS is the real deal. Unscrewing the silver cap in the center exposes a needle coated with HIV. Captain Midnight was the source of HIV.

  • Thom Allen

    OMG! So THAT’S how Rock Hudson got AIDS. And Isaac Asimov, Arthur Ashe, Magic Johnson, Amanda Blake and so many others. Bad, San Francisco Gay AIDS Murder Cult, Bad.

  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    This also feels like a threat you heard in 1987. A relic of the past.

  • A_nonymoose

    The stupid! It burnsss!!

  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    I hope he got the attention he deserved. Poor thing is just starving.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    Perhaps there’s also a ring which infects with senility. Pat Robertson could use his own blood, or the blood of the god Ronald Reagan.

  • Hue-Man

    Thanks. I didn’t realize the “homosexual community” was so powerful. I’m disappointed representatives for all those other diseases haven’t been sending thank you notes to Gay Inc. for allowing them under the HIV/AIDS secrecy umbrella. Plus, there’s nothing in medical privacy that prevents you from talking about your own afflictions – if there were, we wouldn’t have to listen to endless complaints about various (usually minor) medical conditions! (Not aimed at you, John – I’m hoping that no news about your on-going eye problems is good news)

  • Rob Dowdy

    God help me, I actually watched the magical banana video again and it’s even better than I remembered it!

    Designed thoughtfully by Almighty God such that it:

    “Fits perfectly in the hand”
    “Goes right in the mouth”
    “Wont squirt in your face”

    You can’t make this stuff up. I’m gonna pee my pants.

  • Rob Dowdy

    Not all doctors agree. Can’t forget the infamous Dr. Paul Cameron, father of Kirk “Look How Perfectly This Banana Fits In My … Hand” Cameron:

    “At least twice Cameron has advocated the tattooing of AIDS patients on the face, so that people would know when they were meeting with an infected person. The penalty for trying to hide the tattoo would be banishment to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, a former leper colony. In the event that a vaccine were developed to prevent AIDS, Cameron has proposed that homosexuals be castrated to prevent them from ‘cheating’ on nature.” – Mark E. Pietrzyk, News-Telegraph, March 10, 1995.

    “Cameron also views AIDS as being such a large threat to ‘innocents’ that he has proposed nationwide testing for HIV and the forcible quarantine of all those testing positive, either by confinement to their homes or in regional detention centers.” – Mark E. Pietrzyk, News-Telegraph, March 10, 1995.

    And Kirk and his magical banana for the bonus round:

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Don’t you just hate it when you reach to the bottom of the cereal box for your secret AIDS ring and then suddenly… ouch!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    For a few decades now I’ve been amazed at just how pacifist our movement has been, even during the height of the AIDS epidemic and political indifference to it.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Medical privacy laws. I doubt your employer can disclose your medical condition to other employees.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I think Pat’s confusing it with that other gay ring he got once in San Francisco…

  • Indigo

    It’s most likely The Dementia signaling the onset of The Rapture.

  • Hue-Man

    Box Turtle Bulletin’s transcript includes:

    “There are laws now, I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books that prohibit people from discussing this particular affliction, you can tell somebody you had a heart attack, you can tell them they’ve got high blood pressure, but you can’t tell anybody you about AIDS. … So you didn’t catch anything so keep going to church and praise the Lord. You got any thoughts on that one?” http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2013/08/27/58676

    I’ve been trying to think of any legislation even remotely resembling what he describes here and have failed completely. I wouldn’t rush to judgment about his tenuous grasp on reality (or his ability to tell blatant lies).

  • Rob Dowdy

    He also recently gave some remarkably sane and coherent remarks about trans people:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/pat-robertson-transgender_n_3672244.html

    But I’ve been Googling like crazy and I can’t find anything about any AIDS activists, gay or straight, ever surreptitiously infecting people. Thankfully.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I just find it interesting how good an answer he gives in initially to the person all freaked out about getting AIDS. I mean, if we have secret rings that we infect people with, then shouldn’t you be worried about giving us a ride?

  • Rob Dowdy

    Is it wrong that every time I see a headline about this lovely man and it’s not a death announcement I’m a little disappointed? I mean, he’s like 115, so it’s not like I’m rushing him or anything.

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