YouTube has restored the Pat Robertson video that the Christian Broadcasting Network desperately tried to scrub from existence.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Rights Act, YouTube reposted the video that features televangelist Pat Robertson’s recent 700 Club episode, where he claims that gay men in San Francisco conspire to spread HIV/AIDS by cutting people with a special ring when they shake hands.
When the segment aired, the Christian Broadcasting Network edited Robertson’s comments and pushed hard to have the original version erased from the Internet.
Robertson made the comments responding to a viewer who expressed concern that she was unknowingly transporting a patient who was “dying of AIDS,” and was worried that an “accident” could have happened, exposing to her to a risk of infection.
“There are laws now. I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books that prohibit people from discussing this particular affliction,” Robertson said. “You can tell somebody you had a heart attack, you can tell them they’ve got high blood pressure, but you can’t tell anybody you’ve got AIDS.”
Robertson’s co-host then seemingly tried to steer the conversation from its disastrous path, but Robertson carried on.
You know what they do in San Francisco? Some in the gay community there, they want to get people. So if they got the stuff, they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut the finger. Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.
Watch the original video below, via Right Wing Watch: