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Kenyans Not Happy With Pat Robertson After He Claims Their Towels Transmit AIDS

Apparently, Pat Robertson’s very unscientific claim that people shouldn’t use towels in Kenya because they might get AIDS that way has not gone over too well in Kenya.

The Associated Press reports that “Kenyans on social media are demanding that Robertson apologizes personally” for the comment.

Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network told AP that it had edited the remark out of the version of the show archived online, saying that the televangelist “misspoke.” Robertson, however, has not yet issued an on-air retraction of his comments.

Last year, when Robertson accused gay people of attacking strangers with AIDS-infected rings, CBN released a non-apology explanatory note and unsuccessfully attempted to take down our video of Robertson’s remarks.

AP:

Kenyans are expressing anger and shock on social media and radio stations over comments made by popular American evangelist Pat Robertson in a recent TV broadcast in which he warned that towels in Kenya could transmit AIDS.



Robertson's show is popular in Kenya, where the majority of residents are Christian.

HIV, which can lead to AIDS, is commonly spread through sex and drug users who share needles.

AIDS cannot be transmitted through towels, said Dr. Fredrick Sanford Kinama from the Center of HIV Prevention and Research at the University of Nairobi.

"You need a portal of entry and the medium to transmit the virus like blood or semen," Kinama said.

The Christian Broadcast Network, which airs "The 700 Club," said "Dr. Robertson misspoke about the possibility of getting AIDs through towels. CBN Quickly recognized the error and quickly removed the statement from the online archive. CBN recognizes the error and apologizes for any confusion."

Mumbi Seraki, who hosts a popular radio show in Nairobi, said Robertson should apologize personally on the show.

"Pat Robertson 'misspoke' about contracting AIDS from towels while in Kenya. But is he really sorry?" asked former legislator and human rights lawyer Gitobu Imanyara.

Paranoia-Rama: Beware 'Mussolini' Obama, Gay 'Terrorists' … And People Voting

RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

With the election less than two weeks away, conservative commentators are making some pretty terrifying predictions about how President Obama will serve out the remainder of his term. But last-minute Obama-bashing won’t distract them from their other, equally important, job: attacking gays and lesbians.

5. Ernst Goes There

Since securing the GOP nomination for her state’s open U.S. Senate seat, Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has been trying to downplay her extremist record.

But the Republican candidate is having a hard time running away from her past remarks on such issues as the danger of the UN’s Agenda 21 and the ability of local law enforcement to arrest federal officials implementing Obamacare.

In the latest example of Ernst’s record catching up to her, a video surfaced this week of the candidate telling an audience at a 2012 NRA event that the reason she takes her gun “virtually everywhere” is because she is afraid of not only violent assailants but also the government: “I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

Ed Kilgore explains the thinking behind Ernst’s claim: “The idea here is to intimidate liberals, and ‘looters’ and secular socialists, and those people, that there are limits to what the good virtuous folk of the country will put up with in the way of interference with their property rights and their religious convictions and their sense of how the world ought to work. If push comes to shove, they’re heavily armed, and bullets outweigh ballots.”

4. Obama Will Kill Us All!

If you wonder where Joni Ernst gets her ideas about an imminent government crackdown that may require a violent response, look no further than Fox News, where just this week Sean Hannity hosted conservative pundit Mark Levin to discuss President Obama’s nefarious agenda.

Levin told Hannity that Obama is imposing “quintessential statism” on America that “is a disaster,” Media Matters reports.

“The country has gone to Hell under this president and under the Democrat [sic] Party,” Levin said, warning that after the election, “with Obama it’s going to get worse, you’re going to see his full Mussolini coming out.”

Wayne Allyn Root, another conservative commentator, managed to top Levin’s remarks in an interview on the “Point of View” radio show, where he claimed that Obama “was sent here to destroy this country,” possibly by the “communist forces” of the Soviet Union or the Bilderbergs, and is “taking down the entire America.” Root added: “We’ve got to remove him from office and fast before he kills all of us.”

3. Latest Voter Fraud Menace

We keep hearing stories about Republicans increasing their outreach to African American and Latino voters, but their enthusiastic efforts to prevent people from registering to vote and from casting ballots may not be helping their case.

Take a recent incident in Arizona, where a GOP official and conservative media outlets fumed that an activist with a progressive group dropped off a box of absentee ballots at a polling center, which is completely legal. Immediately, conservatives accused the activist — a Latino man — of committing voter fraud through “ballot stuffing” and wondered if he was a violent “illegal alien.”

Of course, not only is delivering ballots on behalf of voters legal in Arizona, but Wonkette notes that Republicans brought in Mitt Romney to host a ballot drop-off campaign event this very week.

Thursday night, Mitt Romney made an appearance in Mesa, Arizona, to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey. A graphic on a couple of conservative blogs, reproduced up top, urged attendees to “Bring your Early Ballots!” so GOP get-out-the-vote volunteers could collect them and get them to the county elections office.

Just remember, it’s only okay if Republicans do it, otherwise it’s voter fraud.

2. Beware Gay Plants, Or Something

Matt Barber’s website BarbWire today published an unintentionally hilarious piece by columnist Lee Duigon, who compares gays to super-plants from outer space that eat people.

“Gaydeology,” the dogma that “sexual liberation” is the highest moral value, presses forward aggressively on all fronts. Christians are to be punished by the state if they refuse to knuckle under. But the militant “gays” are only the street muscle for a “progressive” project to beat down church, family, and anything else that competes with the secular, God-denying state for the loyalty of every citizen. This vision for America, and for all the other countries of the Western world, has roots in the 19th century that sprouted into man-eating plants in the 20th, to become a worldwide plague in the 21st.

It is reminiscent of “The Day of the Triffids,” a classic horror movie about plants from outer space that infest the earth and strike blind anyone who gets too close.

Well, we have been blind, haven’t we? Blind to threats to our freedom, blind to the vast incompetence of government, and blind to its insatiable lust for power. Worst of all, we have been both blind and deaf to God our maker and our Father, whose blessings have been the lifeblood of America.

Maybe that should be the rallying cry of the anti-gay movement: Beware the triffids!

1. Gay ‘Terrorists’ Out To Get Us

Pat Robertson, who once warned viewers that they could become the victims of a gay ‘AIDS ring’ attack, lashed out at gay rights advocates on “The 700 Club” this week and accused them of trying to throw their opponents in jail.

Robertson didn’t hold back, warning that gay “terrorists” are launching their own Spanish Inquisition: “These people are terrorists, they’re radicals and they’re extremists. No Christian in his right mind would ever try to enforce somebody against their belief or else suffer jail. They did that during the Inquisition, it was horrible, it was a black mark on our history, but it isn’t being done now.”

Of course, Robertson’s argument relied on a twisted reading of a legal case in Houston, Texas, but that didn’t stop him from attacking the “monstrous” gay rights movement.

Alan Keyes: Impeach Obama For Ebola And 'Promoting Homosexuality'

Alan Keyes spoke yesterday with WorldNetDaily about his campaign to impeach President Obama, telling the right-wing outlet that his 2004 U.S. Senate opponent should be impeached because of Ebola, Benghazi, legal abortion and gay rights.

Keyes told WND that Obama is leveling a “malicious attack on the people of the United States” by exposing “the general population of our country to dreadful disease,” even going so far as to link the Ebola virus to the 2012 Benghazi attack.

After wondering if “we actually have people who are vested formally with the power of the executive branch of government who have been aiding and abetting open and declared enemies of the United States,” he called on Congress to investigate Obama administration officials for treason.

Keyes then warned that the White House is “forcing people to raise up their children in a way that promotes homosexuality, forcing people to use their money and time and labor in order to promote and approach to marriage that is contrary to the common good of all humanity” and “forcing people to accept as right the murder of posterity in the womb.”

Keyes also told WND’s Paul Bremmer that court rulings in favor of gay rights remind him of slavery and described Obama as a proponent of “communist socialism”:

“He is basically violating his sworn duty, which is to see that the laws are faithfully executed, and to uphold and preserve the Constitution of the United States.”

Second, Keyes said, Obama has abused the force of law by coercing people into violating their consciences. He specifically mentioned policies that force people to either accept or subsidize abortion, “gay marriage” and the homosexual lifestyle, saying such policies violate the First Amendment.

“When Obama gets out there and starts abusing, and others like him, they abuse the court system in order to force people to accept the view that something is right, when according to the laws of nature and of nature’s God it is self-evidently wrong. They are abusing conscience,” Keyes said.

He compared this abuse of conscience to slavery.

“When I read about the slavery of my ancestors, what touched me most and what seemed most horrific to me was not that somebody would force you to labor, not that somebody would force you with whips and stripes and things like this to do their bidding, but when their bidding absolutely contradicted your conscientious understanding of what God required. That they could force you to do evil. And that’s what’s happening in our country now,” Keyes said.



“He sees himself in the vanguard of the dialectic that is going to destroy and replace bourgeois, constitutional self-government based on rights and respect for the dignity of the human person,” Keyes said. “He’s going to replace that with his vision of the historical imperative of communist socialism, or whatever he’s about.”



“The facts suggest he is kind of brilliant,” Keyes said. “He’s a brilliant destroyer of everything American, of every right, of every liberty, of every constitutional premise of this country’s life. He’s brilliant at it, and we are now starting to look like stupid fools for letting him get away with it.”

Idaho GOPer: No Marriage Licenses For Anyone Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

In response to a federal court decision striking down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, GOP state Sen. Steve Vick wants his state to consider “eliminating marriage licenses in Idaho.”

Vick told Greg Corombos of WorldNetDaily this week that “if we’re not allowed to determine the standards for a marriage license, then maybe we should just not issue them.”

He also weighed in on the case of the owners of an Idaho for-profit wedding business who preemptively sued their hometown for allegedly forcing them to perform same-sex marriages, despite the fact no one in the city has taken any legal action against them.

“One is to try to re-establish the standing of those who have deeply held religious convictions,” Vick said. “Another potential avenue that I’m exploring is just eliminating marriage licenses in Idaho.”

Vick admits eliminating state sanctioning of marriage would be a big step, and he is only beginning to explore that option. Still, he said the response so far is very positive.

“I have discussed it with just a few people,” he said. “I don’t have a bill drafted or anything. I have discussed it at some of the town halls I’ve been at. It actually seems to be fairly well-received. In my opinion, if we’re not allowed to determine the standards for a marriage license, then maybe we should just not issue them.”

The senator says these are the kind of things states must consider since the will of the voters is being rejected in the federal courts.

“I believe the only way the Supreme Court will hear it is if a different circuit court rules differently. I haven’t seen that yet, but if another circuit ruled that a state could keep on their books a constitutional amendment or a statute that says marriage should be between one man and one woman, then I think the Supreme Court would have to hear it. Other than that, I think these rulings will probably stand,” said Vick, referring to the high court refusing to hear appeals from multiple states after judges struck down voter-approved constitutional amendments establishing traditional marriage as law.

Eugene Delgaudio: Gays Will Make It Legal To 'Rape And Murder Young Boys'

In a rambling email today for his Religious Right group Public Advocate of the United States, Virginia GOP politician and anti-Cory "Brooker" activist Eugene Delgaudio writes that he sees “agents of the radical Homosexual Lobby everywhere…huddled in dark corners scheming and plotting” and “drooling for more in the new Congress.”

What do they want? According to Delgaudio, gay activists want to create “a nation where police are forced by gay ‘rights’ laws to allow sexual predators like ‘Uncle Ed’ Savitz and Jeffrey Dahmer to rape and murder young boys in the streets.”

“These people admit that they want to molest our children,” he writes. “They admit that they want complete control over the national law enforcement apparatus. They admit that they’re deviants.”

He also warns that gay rights advocates will enact “pro-homosexual hiring quotas in workplaces” in order to allow “homosexuals to run rampant over our country.” 

Delgaudio adds that while other conservative leaders “want to quit,” which he says would “be like surrounding after Pearl Harbor,” he is going to fight to thwart the gay rights movement despite the ill effects on his personal wellbeing: “My health is suffering under the strain of fighting the radical Homosexual Lobby with limited help. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep and I am sick with worry.” 

Delgaudio also compares himself to Jesus: “And just as Jesus showed us by example and could not have stood back and done nothing at the Temple, I couldn't stand back and do nothing in the face of the growing power of the radical Homosexual Agenda.”

HT: RWW reader Erik.

Despite gutting the Defense of Marriage Act and repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the radical Homosexual Lobby is drooling for more in the new Congress.

So along with a new Congress, they have adopted new tactics.

I see well-known agents of the radical Homosexual Lobby everywhere. They are huddled in dark corners scheming and plotting. They meet secretly with newly elected members of Congress in hopes of tempting them to advance their perverse agenda with campaign cash and the promise of votes.



It is our duty as decent God-believing adults to fight against the tyranny and immorality of the radical Homosexual Lobby. But many good Christian supporters aren't coming through.

It seems a lot of people believe all our problems are hopeless because the last election left Obama and pro-homosexual cohorts in charge of the White House and Senate. And many pro-Family leaders are compromising or just plain worn out, and they want to quit.

I cannot believe it! That'd be like surrendering after Pearl Harbor!



My health is suffering under the strain of fighting the radical Homosexual Lobby with limited help. I can't eat, I can't sleep and I am sick with worry.

Many nights I stay up and worry -- worry about my family, worry about Public Advocate's future, worry about the future of the American Family and morality.



I'm expected to expand programs to stop liberals in Congress from allowing homosexuals to run rampant over our country...

The Gay Bill of Special Rights is at the top of the agenda for pro-homosexual congressmen this year.



If this immoral bill passes, it will mean pro-homosexual hiring quotas in workplaces throughout the nation. It will also make it nearly impossible for employers to deal with unsatisfactory employees who are radical homosexuals.



These people admit that they want to molest our children. They admit that they want special rights that no American has. They admit that they want to infiltrate and weaken our military's moral fiber. They admit that they want complete control over the national law enforcement apparatus. They admit that they're deviants.

And just as Jesus showed us by example and could not have stood back and done nothing at the Temple, I couldn't stand back and do nothing in the face of the growing power of the radical Homosexual Agenda.



I worry that America is turning into a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.

What kind of country teaches its children that prayer is wrong and that homosexuality is just another "lifestyle?"

What kind of country funds homosexual child/adult pornography but arrests teachers who dare to bring Bibles into their classrooms?

And what kind of country funnels millions of dollars of tax money into the coffers of the Homosexual Pornography Lobby? …

I won't allow my children to grow up in a nation where police are forced by gay "rights" laws to allow sexual predators like "Uncle Ed" Savitz and Jeffrey Dahmer to rape and murder young boys in the streets...

And I won't stand by while pro-homosexual school teachers expose our children to "gay" filth and call it "AIDS education."

Alan Keyes: Obamacare Turning Into 'Ebolacare'

In a tweet yesterday, Ted Cruz’s chief of staff linked Obamacare to the Ebola virus, later claiming that it was a joke.

Alan Keyes, however, thinks Cruz’s staffer was on to something, writing in a column for WorldNetDaily today that President Obama is hoping to bring people with the Ebola virus into America, “each of them carrying a biological weapon of mass destruction,” in order to use the health care law to destroy freedom under the pretext of combating “the resulting health crisis.”

Keyes explains that Obama wants to “spread the Ebola epidemic to America” because the president is bent on “suppressing the liberty of people who are accustomed to living in freedom.”

“The Obama faction’s plan to import Ebola-infected persons into the United States maintains the outward appearance of and unarmed invasion,” Keyes writes, adding that “by way of this sly biological warfare, 'Obamacare' morphs into 'Ebolacare.'”

Are decent Americans finally waking up to the fact that Barack Obama’s much touted mantra of change serves the advantage of elitist factional interests deeply hostile to the liberty (i.e., constitutional self-government) of the American people? His bizarre insistence on actions that seem calculated to spread the Ebola epidemic to America appear to be scraping scales from the eyes of many. But if the majority’s newfound wakefulness doesn’t lead them to respond effectively to the threat, they will soon be using it to look upon a country no longer their own.

As Election Day approaches, I thought it might be helpful in this respect to follow Christ’s example by inviting my readers to think about Obama’s actions in the context of some intriguing observations by the first and most meticulous modern cartographer of unrighteous thinking. In light of Machiavelli’s observations, Obama’s plans for exploiting the Ebola crisis appear to combine the virtues of colonization – already at work in his efforts to increase and legitimize illegal immigration into the United States – with the deadly aim of utter destruction Machiavelli recommends as the only sure way of suppressing the liberty of people who are accustomed to living in freedom.

The Obama faction’s plan to import Ebola-infected persons into the United States maintains the outward appearance of and unarmed invasion while in fact introducing into the country what amounts to specialized “armies of one,” each of them carrying a biological weapon of mass destruction. If and when the resulting infections get out of hand (which seems to be happening despite repeated, apparently erroneous, possibly deceitful, assurances of effective containment) what will be made of the resulting health crisis? When, by way of this sly biological warfare, “Obamacare” morphs into “Ebolacare” what will become of the (always suspect) commitment of Obama’s ostensible opponents in the GOP’s elitist faction leadership to roll back the government takeover of the health sector?

If the demographic effects of such warfare are intense enough, the policy of importing foreign workers will also morph from a bad choice into a woeful necessity.

Tony Perkins Understands Why People Think Obama Is Spreading Ebola To Impose Martial Law

On Tuesday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins chatted with a listener, James, who claimed President Obama has a “deliberate” plan to make an Ebola “epidemic occur across the United States” in order to “institute quarantine and martial law restrictions.”

Rather than dismiss the caller’s paranoid remarks, Perkins responded that Obama administration officials “certainly give rise to those who would interpret it that way.”

Perkins claimed that the administration is ignoring “commonsense procedures” like banning travel from West African countries, a move that many infectious disease experts say could actually put the U.S. at greater risk.

“You’re absolutely right, James, it just does not make sense,” Perkins said. “I have to strike it up, as I said before, incompetence, it’s amazing how bad this administration has been on so many issues. This election shouldn’t even be close but I believe, based upon what I saw in 2012 and what I’ve seen so far in this election cycle, is the problem is not that the Republicans are too conservative, it’s that they don’t provide a clear contrast with the Democratic candidates.”

Michael Savage: GOP-Led Congress Should Arrest Obama

Michael Savage urged his listeners this week to support Republican congressional candidates in November in hopes that a GOP-controlled Congress will order the arrest of President Obama.

The right-wing talk radio host said on Tuesday that a potential executive action to defer deportation proceedings against some undocumented immigrants amounts to “criminal activity” that should trigger an attempt by Republicans to arrest the president “for usurping the Constitution and Congress.”

Savage later declared that if the president were to take such an action, it would amount to “a treasonous act against the American people,” for which he could “then be arrested and tried for treason.”

He then wondered if Obama will “spend a few years in Indonesia or Kenya” following his treason trial.

Savage said a push to impeach and remove Obama from office would be too easy on the president, arguing that Obama is a “mad man” who should be arrested for treason just like Aaron Burr.

However, he warned that the upcoming election has “already been stolen because there’s been over one million absentee ballots cast already, mostly for Democrats, they’ve already rigged the election. Then you have the issue of the illegal aliens voting, rig the election.”

Rick Santorum: 'We're Losing' Because The Gay Community 'Effectively Silenced The Church'

Rick Santorum thinks that young people would have come around to his anti-gay political stances if only the “statists” in the gay community hadn’t “silenced” him and other Religious Right figures.

The former senator and likely presidential candidate made the claim yesterday in an interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, where they discussed the case in Houston where pastors sued the city for rejecting their petitions to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance. The city in turn subpoenaed several pastors, which Santorum and Perkins considered an affront to pastors’ rights.

“I really believe in this subject matter at hand with the gay community that a Judeo-Christian worldview cannot survive with a worldview that is as rabidly secular as this movement is,” Santorum said.

“One is going to battle the other and I can tell you that the statists, these secular statists, do not want the competition that comes from the church and so they are going to do everything they can to marginalize them, to force them out of the public square to be quiet,” he continued. “They’re going to use, as they have, the Johnson amendment, try to use the IRS and the tax code to do so, they’re going to use every lever of power the government has to keep this competition of ideas silent so they can win the argument.”

Santorum added that young people support gay rights simply because they have never heard any arguments to the contrary: “The arguments are being won among young people. We are losing in this particular area among young people not because we’re out there and competing, it’s because they have effectively silenced the church on a lot of those issues and young people don’t even know what the opposing view is on these issues.”

Pat Robertson: We Have The Power To Raise The Dead, 'We Just Aren't Using It'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson insisted that he and others have the power to raise the dead, but lamented that people these days are withholding this special skill.

Robertson, who has previously discussed dead-raising abilities, told a viewer, Margaret, that people can raise the dead when they receive and submit to the power of the Holy Spirit.

“That power is there, we just aren’t using it,” Robertson grieved.

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