Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pat Robertson Sees Sparkles

Never die, Pat Robertson.  Things aren't dull when you're around.

Yesterday on his "700 Club" the subject of AIDS came up, and Robertson claimed that gays try to pass it on to others.  "I think people in the gay community, they want to get people.  They'll have a ring, and you shake hands, and the ring has a little thing where you cut your finger."  This, he said, is "the equivalent of murder."

Of course.  If we're going to murder people, we'll certainly to do it with jewelry.

Should you wish to listen to him make that claim, you can't.  Apparently CBN edited out that bit from the archived broadcast on its website.  However, CBN's official transcript is complete, an oversight by somebody.  You'd think by now the network would have an exhaustive protocol in place for those times when Robertson enters another universe on the air.

Robertson defended himself in a statement to the "Atlantic Wire," saying years ago in San Francisco security officers warned him AIDS activists "were deliberately trying to infect people like me" through the creative use of bling.

"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," Robertson added.  I see no way that his remarks--specifically that gays want to "get people"--could be understood in any other way than as paranoid vitriol.

Unless the glare from my ring of death has made me senseless.