Pat Robertson Suggests AIDS Can Be Caught Via Towels
Pat Robertson suggested on The 700 Club that AIDS is transferrable via towels, a claim that Anderson Cooper has appropriately debunked.
Pat Robertson: 'There's Towels That Could Have AIDS'
During a call-in segment, the televangelist Robertson fielded a question from a concerned missionary, who was traveling to Kenya. While the caller asked whether or not he should be worried about Ebola in the African nation, Robertson quickly steered the conservation to one of his favorite topics – AIDS.
“You’re not [going to get Ebola] in Kenya. You might get AIDS in Kenya,” Robertson cautioned. “The people have AIDS. There’s towels that could have AIDS. There are things — there are diseases in Africa.”
Upon hearing about Robertson’s claim, Cooper decided to use his platform on CNN to shut down the outrageous suggestion. “We’re talking bed, bath and way, way beyond, people! If you, like Pat Robertson, somehow missed all the evidence, all the research, the depth and breadth of al the knowledge garnered about HIV and AIDS over the past three decades,” Cooper said on the Ridiculist “You can’t get HIV if you share towels. “
Robertson also caused a bit of an uproar this week when he compared gays to terrorists while talking about the pastors and right-wing activists who are suing Houston to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance. “These people are terrorists, they’re radicals and they’re extremists,” he said on his program. “If the gays want to go out and do their gay sex, that’s one thing, but if they want you to force you to accept it and solemnify it by marriage then that’s a different matter and it’s an infringement on people’s religious belief.”