Wyoming Republican Defends Appalling Views on AIDS

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Mader said in an interview with the Star-Tribune the research featured in the book may be a little outdated, since it was written when HIV and AIDS were still relatively new to the medical community.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.

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  • wscott

    But he still maintains gays are more likely to be promiscuous that heterosexuals

    So I’m sure he’s all in favor of encouraging gays to settle down in committed, legally-recognized, monogamous relationships, right?

  • Abdul Alhazred

    So I’m sure he’s all in favor of encouraging gays to settle down in committed, legally-recognized, monogamous relationships, right?

    That’s not just a snappy comeback.

    Although it isn’t mentioned nearly enough, it’s one of the biggest impulses toward marriage equality.

  • lordshipmayhem

    The so-called “experts” he consulted: “Ex” is a has-been, “spurt” is a drip under pressure.

  • daved

    “At one time, this nation was moral and great,” he wrote.

    Really? When was that?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    daved @ # 4 – During the reign of Reagan, of course.

    Uh, wait…

  • busterggi

    He wrote his book in ’87? You mean America under Saint Ronald wasn’t the purest country ever?

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    The book only quoted what other experts said decades ago, he said.

    1. No, they didn’t.

    2. Even if they did, you’re still responsible for saying it yourself, moron.

    In the early 90’s as a high school student, I volunteered for the Red Cross and went around to middle schools giving talks on STDs, including AIDS, and how you can and can’t contract them.

    We knew these bullshit myths on the subject were everywhere, and did our best to undo them. It’s bizarre to see someone who proudly disseminated those myths take absolutely no responsibility for having done so.

    The Red Cross ought to send him a bill or something.

  • Trebuchet

    Pat Robertson thinks gays have special rings for spreading AIDS when you shake hands. This guy’s a piker by comparison.

  • garnetstar

    Why does he want children to be tested for AIDs? So he knows which ones to stone?

  • scienceavenger

    But he still maintains gays are more likely to be promiscuous that heterosexuals…

    Had the objects of my affections been other men when I was young and single, I’d have been more promiscuous too.

    Snark aside, once again we see that in the wingnuts mind, lesbians don’t exist.