Pat Robertson said on his television show Tuesday that members of San Francisco's gay community are intentionally trying to infect people with AIDS using a special ring.
Ever get the feeling that when Pat Robertson was young, he insisted on playing football without a helmet?
According to website Gawker, Robertson said to co-host Terry Meeuwsen on Tuesday's "700 Club" "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 churns out stuff like this every now and again, to keep us all amused. But this one may have topped them all.
In fact, it was so bad that his Christian Broadcasting Network -- the network Robertson created in 1961 -- edited out the comments before the episode ran.
According to RightWingWatch, the network did the same thing when Robertson apparently said he approved of spousal abuse.
Robertson later released a statement, saying he regretted his remarks, "had been misunderstood," and blamed the misunderstanding on people who "do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said."
He also provided some additional context, for those who misunderstand non-accusations that gay people have little James Bond rings on their fingers and go around shaking people's hands to spread AIDS.
"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."
Oh. Well now everything makes perfect sense.