People For the American Way (PFAW) has been in a two-week battle with religious right leader, and former GOP presidential candidate, Pat Robertson over the existence of secret AIDS rings.
The battle is specifically over a video of a segment on Robertson’s daily TV show in which the always-inventive family values leader claimed that gays have secret rings that they use to infect straight people with AIDS.
The sneaky gays, you see, go to shake your hand, and then use their secret ring, which has an AIDS-infected needle surreptitiously attached to it, to prick your hand and give you HIV.
We are nothing if not inventive.
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.
People for got the video and posted it online (see below). As People For notes, Robertson went to quite some lengths to try to suppress the damning video:
CBN not only had the video we posted of Robertson’s comments removed from YouTube by complaining that it violated copyright laws, but also edited the comments out of its own broadcast of the show.
We reposted our video elsewhere, but CBN also had it removed from websites such as Vimeo and Dailymotion.
We filed a counterclaim with YouTube asserting that our video was protected by Fair Use and yesterday we finally received word that our video had been restored.
But the episode reveals the lengths CBN will go to hide and censor the statements made by its own leader. Now, the network is even considering legal action against a documentary critical of Robertson.
Here’s the video, enjoy: