Watch: On the WayBack Machine Pat Robertson Claimed HIV+ People Used a Secret Handshake to Transmit the Virus

Saturday February 20, 2021

Pat Robertson on "The 700 Club" in 2013
Pat Robertson on "The 700 Club" in 2013  (Source:YouTube)

The website LGBTQNation took the WayBack machine back to 2013 to share a choice video of televangelist Pat Robertson sharing his thoughts on AIDS infection with a Q-Anon-level conspiracy theory.

Did you know that infected gay men wear rings with that put cuts into victim's fingers so they can stealthy transmit the virus? Robertson claimed as such on his "700 Club" broadcast when fielding email questions from viewers.

"In the 2013 clip, Robertson takes a question from a woman who was bothered to find out that she a man she was driving to the hospital regularly for her church had HIV. She said she had even switched churches because she felt she should have been told that a person living with HIV was in her car," writes LGBTQNation.

He acknowledged that HIV cannot be transmitted by riding in a car with an infected person, but appeared fuzzy even in 2013 about how the virus can be passed between people. "I must confess, I don't know all the ramifications of infection with AIDS. I use to think it was transmitted by saliva and other things, now they say it may be sexual contact."

His advice to the woman?

"You want to say if you're driving with a man whose got AIDS, don't have sex with him," he said. "That's a little simplistic."

He then went on to say that unless there's some bodily fluid transmission, "you're not going to catch it."

Turning to social policy, Robertson said: "There are laws now, I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books to prohibit people from discussing this particular infection," he claimed erroneously.

"You can tell people you have high blood pressure, but you can't tell anybody about AIDS."

Then when co-host Terry Meeuwsen assured the woman that she has known many people with AIDS and that she never feared catching the virus from them, Robertson countered with an unfounded conspiracy theory.

"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."

His co-host Terry Meeuwsen asked, "Really?"

"Really," Robertson said. "It is that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder."

But Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which broadcasts Robertson's show, found offense in his remarks, and had it removed from video sharing platforms. They didn't catch up with journalist Sam Seder, though, who posted it on his "Minority Report" YouTube channel where it can be found today (along with Seder's cheeky commentary).


Defending his statement, Robertson told the Atlantic, citing his source: "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."

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