Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pat Robertson: Gays deliberately spread AIDS through special rings they wear

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.

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.

'Right-wing still angry that they don't get to discriminate against gays' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

NRO's Dennis Prager: LGBT Non-Discrimination Efforts Breed "Fascism" - Because apparently nothing says "facism" like equality. Yes, that confuses me, too. 

 Hawaiian Bishop: Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couples Is Just - This bishop's points are just sad. And they get sadder when Think Progress refutes them.

 Jamaica Mob Traps And Barricades 5 Gay Men In House (VIDEO) - This is scary as hell. 

ADF warns of a worldwide, pro-LGBT 'war' - And the religious right are conjuring up visions of war using crosshairs (again). And what's worse? Of course they are smearing the lgbt community but didn't even make the crosshairs pink in color (bad joke, sorry).

 Republicans Say It’s Unfair To Compare Civil Rights To LGBT Rights - Of course they say this while simultaneously attempting to keep gays from marrying and African-Americans from voting.

Louis Farrakhan and homosexuality 40 years ago

How's this for a nauseating blast from the past? I found this clip on youtube and just had to share it. It's 1972 footage of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan talking about homosexuality. Check out how the audience is filled with his supporters cheering him on: