Pat Robertson may just have been awarded himself the all-time top spot in the Tinfoil Hat Brigade Hall of Fame. In his latest rant, the Jurassic televangelist insists that gay men in San Francisco carry special rings that transmit HIV to people they shake hands with.
While this might seem like an audition for the dementia unit, Robertson was quite serious. He was responding to a woman who called into his 700 Club program to ask whether she should let her church know that the man she is driving to services is dying from AIDS. [Free advice: No.]
After acknowledging that HIV can’t be transmitted through casual contact, Robertson then proceeded to go totally off the rails.
“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’ve got AIDS,” he insisted, showing zero understanding of self-disclosure vs. disclosure by others. And then Robertson boarded a rocket to a planet in a solar system yet to be discovered.
“You know what they do in San Francisco,” he began, always a sign that a whopper is coming. “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,” Robertson said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
Or fantasy. Apparently, this was too much even for the Christian Broadcasting Network, which edited the remarks out when they posted the episode online. Fortunately. Right Wing Watch captured Pat in all his batshit glory, so you can see for yourself.