UPDATE – I think it’s safe to assume that we have a SERIOUS controversy here. According to the New Civil Rights Movement, Robertson has forced youtube to take down the video mentioned in this post. You will notice that even the video from Right Wing Watch (included in this post) seems to be gone. But never fear, if you want to see the video, click on this Huffington Post link.
Let me preface this with a few words. If this clip of Pat Robertson does not go ultra viral, it would demonstrate the difference between the religious right and us. The religious right generally makes up all sorts of negative claims about the lgbt community but they spread them like wildfire. As Robertson proves, the lgbt community never has to lie when it comes to demonstrating the absolute insanity of our opposition. But when situations like this one regarding Robertson take place, we don’t do what we need to do in order to make sure it spreads. We laugh, hold our noses in the air, and let the opportunity of showing the true insanity of the religious right slip through our fingers. That’s a shame.
Mark this one down. I think Pat Robertson has gone so far that even he feels the need to dial himself back. At the end of this clip, he clearly says that gays spread AIDS through special rings we supposedly wear:
Apparently that comment about gays spreading AIDS due to special rings has caused a huge controversy. According to Right-Wing Watch, CBN – Robertson’s network – first edited the remarks away then removed the youtube video.
Later that day, Robertson tried to rescind his comments. I think he made things worse:
“I was asked by a viewer whether she had a right to leave her church because she had been asked to transport an elderly man who had AIDS and about whose condition she had not been informed. My advice was that the risk of contagion in those circumstances was quite low and that she should continue to attend the church and not worry about the incident.
“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.
“I regret that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said. In no wise (sic) were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease.” – Pat Robertson, in a statement emailed to me by the head publicist for the 700 Club.