Televangelist Pat Robertson claimed on his show, the “700 Club,” on Tuesday that gay people in San Francisco have deliberately spread AIDS using rings designed to cut people, according to a video published by Right Wing Watch.
“You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they’ve got the stuff, they’ll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said in the video. “Really. I mean it’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
Right Wing Watch said the clip was edited out of the version of the show that was placed on the “700 Club” website and that the comments were made when Robertson was responding to a question from a viewer who was worried about driving with a man who had AIDS.
“I must confess, I don’t know all the ramifications of infection with AIDS,” Robertson said in the clip. “I used to think it was transmitted by saliva and other things. Now, they say it may be sexual contact. So, what you want to say if you’re driving an elderly man who has got AIDS, don’t have sex with him.”
Watch the full video below.