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Pat Robertson AIDS Phobia Over Dirty Towels Hung Out to Dry

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 10:24 AM

Controversial comments by "The 700 Club" host Pat Robertson about the possibility of contracting AIDS from dirty towels have been retracted by the Christian Broadcasting Network, but that hasn't stopped everyone from jumping on them.

The comments came on the show's Oct. 16 edition while Robertson was answering a question from an anonymous viewer who said he planning on traveling to Kenya. The caller said he didn't fear Ebola, but his family was questioning why he wanted to travel to Africa during this time and was seeking advice.

Robertson said the caller shouldn't have to worry about Ebola in Kenya, but he should be careful about other diseases and that the "towels may have AIDS."



That brought a curt response from CNN's Anderson Cooper on his show "Anderson Cooper 360" on Tuesday.

"Just to be clear, if like Pat Robertson, you somehow missed all the evidence, all the research, the depth and breathe of all the knowledge garnered about HIV and AIDS over the past three decades, you cannot get HIV if you share towels," Cooper said in his rebuttal.



The day before, though, The CBN issued a statement on Facebook walking back Robertson's statement, saying that he misspoke when making the comment.


 

Many on social media shared their feelings about the controversy.


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Controversial comments by "The 700 Club" host Pat Robertson about the possibility of contracting AIDS from dirty towels have been retracted by the Christian Broadcasting Network, but that hasn't stopped everyone from jumping on them.
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