Televangelist Pat Robertson has made some curious comments about gays, AIDS and jewelry.
While the comments were made yesterday (Tuesday), they were quickly removed from the Christian Broadcast Network's website.
You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got [AIDS] 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.
Robertson later released an 'apology,' saying that he had been misunderstood and that the pushback or outrage is based upon people who "do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said."
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.
The video has been removed from CBN's website, but we have found a version of this from the reporting from MSNBC:
This wasn't the first time CBN muzzled its figurehead — RightWingWatch notes that Robertson's not-so-tacit approval of spousal abuse was also censored — but maybe instead of waiting for the doddering bigot to say something even worse the network will finally put him on an ice floe and shove him off to sea. (source)