About 100 AIDS researchers died a tragic death in the Malaysian airliner disaster. They were on their way to an international conference devoted to the subject of dealing with the AIDS epidemic.
President Obama, taking a page out of the Alinsky-ite “never let a good crisis go to waste” playbook, shamelessly and tackily used the occasion to promote the legitimacy of sexual deviancy.
Here are the president’s remarks about the deceased AIDS researchers (emphasis mine):
“These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence. In this world today, we shouldn't forget that in the midst of conflict and killing, there are people like these. People who are focused on what can be built, rather than what can be destroyed. People who are focused on how they can help people they've never met. People who define themselves not by what makes them different than other people, but by the humanity that we hold in common.
“The United States is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose, that nations have the right to determine their own destiny, and that when terrible events like this occur, the international community stands on the side of justice and on the side of truth.”
What the president said was perfectly appropriate until he stood on the graves of these researchers and lurched from compassion to advocacy for a dangerous and destructive lifestyle.
Imagine if these researchers had been on their way to an international conference on lung cancer, and the president had declared, “The United States is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to smoke whatever they chose as often as they choose.” Or if these researchers had been on the way to an international conference on heart disease, and the president had declared, “The United States is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to eat as much red meat and fat as they choose.” Michelle wouldn’t have let him back in the White House.
When I called the president out on this blatant politicizing of a humanitarian disaster, the left attacked. Not the president, mind you, for his brazen politicking, but me for pointing it out. Salon awarded me the number one spot in its list of “6 ridiculous conservative responses to Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17,” ahead of such luminaries as Allen West, Rush Limbaugh, Megyn Kelly, Todd Starnes and Erick Erickson. The Daily Beast (“Christian Radio Host Says Obama Politicized MH17 to Normalize ‘Sexual Deviancy’”) and Yahoo! News (“Radio Host: Prez Using MH17 for the Gays”) piled on.
But advocating for a dangerous and destructive lifestyle, and using the deaths of 100 innocent civilians to do it, is clearly what the president did. It was the president who injected a discussion of homosexual behavior into the discussion, and the media hardly has a right to complain when somebody points it out.
There is no question that the HIV/AIDS crisis is behaviorally induced, and that changing sexual behavior is central to getting this epidemic under control. And yet uncaring and callous politicians like the president, who show no compassion whatsoever toward young males whose health is being destroyed, blithely blather on as if homosexuality was as harmless as a cribbage habit.
The latest figures from the CDC (not a part of the vast rightwing conspiracy) indicate that while HIV rates are plummeting among heterosexuals, drug users and women, they are catastrophically spiking among young gay and bisexual males by over 100%. The World Health Organization recently called HIV an “exploding” epidemic and declared that homosexuals are at 19 times the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS as the general population.
Bottom line: if there is any lesson about homosexuality to be taken from this tragedy it is this. Homosexual behavior kills, and the sooner we alert young men to this the more compassionate we will be and they longer they will live.