Pat Robertson Accuses San Francisco Gays of Spreading AIDS Via Trick Jewelry
Back in 1992, Pat Robertson was allotted a prime speaking slot at the Republican Convention. He accused the Democratic Party of carrying "a plague."
No, not that plague. This was the plague of "higher taxes, crushing regulation and centralized government ... it is still the liberal welfare state and we want no part of it."
Robertson's public utterances seem to have grown steadily crazier through the years; his rhetoric is eerily reminiscent of the backwards pronouncements issued by demagogic Mideast religious leaders. Today, the 1988 Republican presidential candidate made the news by besmirching the name of our fair city and its jewelry-wearers:
"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. ... Really. I mean it's that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder."
This comes as a surprise. It does seem to be a most impractical way to spread AIDS.
It's not difficult to unearth bizarre material from Robertson's low-light reel:
- "Many of those people involved in Adolf Hitler were Satanists. Many were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together."
- "The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
- "We have sinned against Almighty God, at the highest level of our government, we've stuck our finger in your eye. The Supreme Court has insulted you over and over again, Lord. They've taken your Bible away from the schools. They've forbidden little children to pray. They've taken the knowledge of God as best they can, and organizations have come into court to take the knowledge of God out of the public square of America."
That last statement was in response to the 9-11 attacks.
It's hard to top that. But, in accusing San Francisco gays of deliberately promulgating the AIDS virus via killer rings, Robertson is, at least, making an attempt.