The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has lost its battle to cover up some hateful remarks that were made by one of its most prominent stars.
CBN founder and “700 Club” host Pat Robertson made comments indicating that he thinks gay men wear special rings to spread HIV/AIDS to others by cutting their fingers, Gawker reported. His remarks were caught on video and posted on the Internet by Right Wing Watch.
CBN was able to get the video removed from YouTube by complaining that it violated copyright laws and also had sites like Vimeo and Dailymotion remove the clip. RWW filed a counter-claim saying the clip was protected by Fair Use. YouTube sided with RWW and the video is back on the web.
These were Robertson’s exact comments: “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.”
The video is below: