Pat Robertson says you can get AIDS from a towel (video)

A Christian wanting to do missionary work in Kenya wrote religious right broadcaster, and former Republican presidential candiate, Pat Robertson, asking Robertson is it was too dangerous, what with Ebola and all.

Robertson replied that the real threat was AIDS, which you can get from “towels.”

“You might get AIDS in Kenya. The people have AIDS, you gotta be careful. I mean, the towels could have AIDS.”

Yes, the dreaded Kenyan AIDS towels.

Robertson is a longtime “expert” on AIDS. A few years back, Robertson claimed that gays in San Francisco wore secret rings on their fingers that they used to give people AIDS with pin pricks.


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  • Badgerite

    Good one. LOL.

  • RWISCLSS

    To bad we couldn’t give him back to his maker and get a refund…

  • Butch1

    One could say that.

  • woodroad34

    so, he’s a drug addict?

  • Butch1

    Religion.

  • Butch1

    He won’t give up. (Was he playing a game of “Truth or Dare?”) ;-)

  • wmforr

    If there were a Heaven and a Hell, which I don’t believe, it’s a fair bet that every so-called clergyman with a high profile in this country is destined for the Bad Place.

  • wmforr

    Another of the great Marions, like cowboy movie star Marion Robert Morrison;

  • Badgerite

    (Snark alert!) The man is a national treasure.

  • revyloution

    Of course you can catch aids from a towel, but only if it’s a gay towel.

  • Jim Olson

    Spreading disinformation like this should be a crime.

  • woodroad34

    So, what’s his excuse for his stupidity? Did he share a towel with Rush Limbaugh or Michelle Bachman?

  • Jimmy

    Is it shocking Pat Robertson would say something so moronically stupid? No. What’s sad is there are people out there who think this idiot knows, well, anything.

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    You will not get AIDS from a towel but you will go to hell if you support Pat Robertson.

  • More Pat Robertson fun facts:

    – His actual name is Marion Gordon Robertson. And he’s been broadcasting Christian TV since 1960, starting on a tiny UHF station and graduating to cable in ’77. He also founded his Christian ‘university’ (sic, although alas it is accredited) in the same year.

    – In 1948, Robertson was drafted and he opted to join the Marines. He would later claim both front-line action in the Korean war and claimed ‘3 battle stars’ as awards. It turns out Pat’s father, Senator Absolom Willis Robertson, pulled strings and had him assigned to officer’s clubs in Japan, where (I shit you not) his actual duties were to keep the liquor stocked. When Rep. Pete McCloskey Jr. (R) revealed this information, having first hand knowledge of Robertson’s service (or lack thereof), Robertson sued for $35 million for libel…then settled out of court and paid McCloskey’s legal expenses when concrete proof was found.

    – BTW, Senator A. Willis Robertson of Virginia was both a conservative Democrat and a staunch segregationist, signing a letter with 18 other Senators condemning the Brown v. Board of Education decision. He also snubbed LBJ by refusing to meet with Lady Bird during her whistle-stop tour to push for the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. (LBJ retaliated by having a liberal Democrat, William Spong, primary challenge him in 1966. Incumbent Senator Robertson was soundly thrashed in one of the biggest upsets in VA electoral history.)

    – He ran for the GOP nomination for President in 1988, and came in second in Iowa, well ahead of George H.W. Bush. Gosh, those Iowa caucus voters!

    – In 1994, after the Rwandan genocide was underway, Robertson turned a supposed relief effort into a deal with the autocrat Mobutu Seko of Zaire to transport diamond mining equipment instead to mines owned by Robertson — and widely reported to be operated as slave-labor operations. Robertson was also tight with Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, this time for gold mines.

    – He agreed completely with Jerry Falwell who blamed the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the ACLU, pagans, feminists, gay people, and anybody who supports reproductive rights. Falwell later apologized, but Robertson never did.

    – He blamed the 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster on their supposedly ‘devil worshiping’ ancestors.

    – Pat just loooves making predictions, claiming that God has told him personally that the USSR would invade the Middle East in 1981 and 1982, that the world itself would end in 1982, that Clinton wouldn’t win re-election in ’96 and there’d be a nuclear attack in the U.S. in ’97, that in ’98 Florida would be destroyed by hurricanes, that Dumbya would win in a landslide in 2006, that the Pacific Northwest would be destroyed by a tsunami in 2006, that there’d be a terrorist attack in the U.S. with a nuclear weapon (again) in 2007, and that God told him personally Mitt Romney would be a two-term president beginning in 2012.

    – When that last prediction didn’t pan out, this year Marion Patty-boy is predicting Obama will resign before 2014 is out.

    Oh, and here’s the really hilarious and irony-challenged part: Robertson regularly cautions his viewers against listening to false prophets.

  • nicho

    Ain’t nobody got time for that — not even Jesus.

  • bpollen

    You can get AIDS from a towel.
    You can get stupid from the 700 Club.
    Only one of these statements is true!

  • jomicur

    Hey, it might be true. After all, Pat caught dementia from a Bible.

  • Towlie!

  • I saw a funny comment yesterday: Pat Robertson’s head is so far up his own ass, his farts are causing brain damage.

  • Crazy old guy says something demented that only demented and ignorant people will believe…

    The fact he still calls it AIDS — when the virus itself was discovered in ’83 and the name HIV adopted in 1986 — is pretty indicative as to when Robertson’s memory stopped working.

  • Sally

    I’m sure Jesus wants nothing to do with this greedy, lying creep. He’s going the other way.

  • Indigo

    Poor soul, still alive and wandering around in what most likely seems to him a godless desert. Well, may he rest in peace and may it be soon.

  • BlueIdaho

    His mind left his body a long time ago. Someone now needs to help him get to the “other side” so he can be with Jesus and leave us the f*ck alone.

  • nicho

    Well, I guess it all depends on what you do with the towel. I wish Pat would elaborate. That would be fun.

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