On the Tuesday, Aug. 27 edition of the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told co-host Terry Meeuwsen that gay men in cities like San Francisco attempt to spread HIV/AIDS to others by cutting them with a special ring when shaking hands. Robertson 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. Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
Reasonable people will find Robertson’s patently false accusations deplorable, exemplifying the worst sort of paranoid, anti-gay hysteria that continues to be promoted within some conservative Christian circles. Indeed, Robertson’s remarks were so offensive they were edited out by the Christian Broadcast Network before Tuesday’s full episode was posted online, according to a report issued by Right Wing Watch.
This is not the first time Robertson has made inflammatory and insensitive remarks. Only last week Robertson accused President Barack Obama of inciting “black-on-white violence” while discussing the senseless murder of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma.
And Robertson is no stranger to anti-gay paranoia and hysteria. In the past Robertson has compared gays to murderers, rapists and thieves, claiming gays and lesbians can “change their sexual preference” just like murderers, rapists and thieves can change their preference for murdering, raping and stealing.