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Pat Robertson: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of Death Rings
Cue the blood-curdling scream. Pat Robertson imagines a world in which LGBT Americans are plotting ways to poison unsuspecting righteous people. The 700 Club star was answering a viewer's question when he told the story of how gay men in San Francisco often turn innocent handshakes into a chance to cut you with a sharpened ring on their fingers, therefore infecting you with HIV ("the equivalent of murder," Robertson says). None of this makes actual sense. But Robertson later told The Atlantic that he had been in San Francisco years ago where he first heard the story of the death rings. "Trained security officers warned me," he said, "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."


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