I always say that if you want to find the most extreme and unhinged people in public office, look at the state legislatures. A Wyoming state representative is defending a book he wrote in 1987 that claimed that gay people were intentionally infecting women with AIDS to destroy straight people.
Wyoming’s newest legislator stands by a book he wrote nearly 30 years ago that claims many gay people demand the right to have sex with children and people with AIDS should be quarantined if they continue having sex.
The book is called “The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety.” It was self-published by T.R. Mader, who at the Wyoming Legislature goes by the name Rep. Troy Mader, R-Gillette…
Mader said in an interview with the Star-Tribune the research featured in the book may be a little outdated, since it was written when HIV and AIDS were still relatively new to the medical community. But he still maintains gays are more likely to be promiscuous that heterosexuals, contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
“If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice,” he said during a telephone interview. “But I reserve the right to say, ‘Hey, there’s risk involved.’”
Yeah, because that’s all you said was “there’s risk involved.”
The book is mostly comprised of quotes that Mader compiled from sources ranging from Newsweek to “What Homosexuals Do (It’s More than Disgusting),” a publication by Paul Cameron, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay propagandist. The law center is an organization that investigates what it describes as acts of hate.Mader wrote a summary at the end of each chapter of “The Death Sentence of AIDS” and a three-page conclusion at the end of his book, where he argues the spread of AIDS could be stopped by changing “America’s promiscuous lifestyles.”
“At one time, this nation was moral and great,” he wrote. “Now it is immoral and sick. We have reaped what we have sown, and we are dying!”…
During an interview with the Star-Tribune, Mader declined to defend statistics and health-care recommendations in “The Death Sentence of AIDS.” The book only quoted what other experts said decades ago, he said.
For instance, the book recommended mandatory testing for everyone — including children.
“If not, it would be well to enroll your children in a private school that does test for AIDS, or take other actions you, the parent, deem necessary in protecting your children from the AIDS virus infection,” according to a summary at the end of a chapter called “Transmission Precautions.”
The Star-Tribune asked Mader whether he still thinks everyone should get tested.
“You’re asking the wrong person,” he said. “That’s what the experts recommended at the time. I will say this: I haven’t seen anything to refute their statements at the time. Again, that was 30 years ago. I have researched a lot of issues over the years. I am not up to speed on all the issues the experts said back then.”
And by “experts” he means liars and bigots like Paul Cameron.