Monday, January 28, 2008

And the lies continue

Why can't they just admit what they did and apologize?

While the rest of us are caught up with the election, Heath Ledger's death, and the rest of the world's affairs, members of the anti-gay industry are consistently trying to cover up their big gaffe concerning the MRSA infection.

Recap: Members of the anti-gay industry (especially Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth) distorted a study regarding a drug resistant MRSA staph infection. Because the study found that there was a number of gay men who received in the infection in San Francisco, Barber and LaBarbera went out press releases inferring that the infection was a result of "homosexual behavior" and could possibly be seen as AIDS was in the early 80s.

When the Centers for Disease Control and the authors of the study repudiated Barber and LaBarbera's ridiculous notions, they whitewashed their past comments through straw arguments and the "blame game" on "homosexual pressure groups."

Today's piece in right-wing CNS News.Com is a continuation of this whitewash. Jeremy from breaks it down rather nicely.

But let me throw a little piece into the situation. There are things I noticed about today's article:

1. "We never suggested that it was a sexually transmitted disease," CWA's Barber countered. "We only talked about the specific behaviors that are causing this infection to spread."

Oh really, Matt? What do you make of this statement?

“The medical community has known for years that homosexual conduct, especially among males, creates a breeding ground for often deadly disease. In recent years we have seen a profound resurgence in cases of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and many other STDs among those who call themselves ‘gay."

"The human body is quite callous in how it handles mistreatment and the perversion of its natural functions. When two men mimic the act of heterosexual intercourse with one another, they create an environment, a biological counterfeit, wherein disease can thrive. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences."

In recent years our culture has adopted a laissez faire attitude toward sexual deviancy. Television shows like Will and Grace glorify the homosexual lifestyle while our children are taught in schools that homosexuality is a perfectly healthy, alternative sexual 'orientation.' 'Stay out of our bedrooms!' we're often commanded by militant 'gay' activists.

"Well, now the dangerous and possibly deadly consequence of what occurs in those bedrooms is spilling over into the general population. It's not only frightening, it's infuriating.

"Citizens, especially parents, need to stand up and say, 'No More! We will no longer sit idly by while politically correct cultural elites endanger our children and larger communities through propagandist promotion of this demonstrably deadly lifestyle.' - Epidemic Feared - 'Gays' May Spread Deadly Staph Infection to General Population, January 15, 2008

2. I also noticed that Peter LaBarbera wasn't quoted in today's article. And maybe that was intentional. You see, if you read my last post you would know that Peter did in fact make a very interesting assumption about the MRSA infection and AIDS.

This was a press release sent out by him on January 15, 2008:

Is this not an eerie reminder of the initial stories 25 years ago about AIDS -- then called GRID (Gay-Related Immunodeficiency Disease)? It is unfathomable that after that plague, disease specialists and the media are now surprised at the correlation of new infections with homosexual behavior;Wake up, medical and political establishment: homosexual behavior is unhealthy -- no matter how many secular sermons you preach against "homophobia." Due to liberal political correctness, which treats aberrant -- even deadly -- behaviors as a "civil right," we as a society don't seem to have learned much from the AIDS pandemic - LaBarbera: New MRSA Staph Risk Spread by Gay Men Shows Risks of 'Second-Hand Sodomy'

So wouldn't these two facts make Barber's statement a lie? I think so.

3. This was also included in today's article:

Internationally known infectious disease specialist Dr. John Diggs is siding with the conservatives. The Massachusetts-based physician said treating any infection in a politically correct manner could be dangerous. Treating MRSA that way could prove fatal.

The article continues with a long interview with Diggs. But what it does not do is to inform readers of Diggs's history.

Diggs has a very interesting history in anti-gay distortions. A study he wrote, the Health Risks of Homosexuality, is included in my book as an example of a legitimate physician distorting medical research.

Diggs even appeared in Florida supporting Mayor Jim Naugle in his ludicrous crusade against the gay community there.

Please bear in mind that my problem is not with Diggs. Even though his work is fradulent, my problem is with the article. Peter Winn, the author, had a duty to inform the reader of Diggs's history. But he does not, making it seem that Diggs is an objective voice in this matter.

And I can't help but wonder whether or not that was intentional.

But really, it amazes me that the more Barber and company tries to whitewash their lies, the deeper they sink. While they may convince others sharing their beliefs of their side of the story, in the long run, this situation is going to get a lot worse for them.

Wouldn't it have been more Christian for them to have apologized?