This is the most asinine and poorly argued bit of douchebaggery I’ve read in a while. Rick Scarborough wants to bring a class action suit against homosexuality. Not homosexuals, homosexuality. He wants to sue a character trait. Great idea! I’ll be the next in line to sue music that’s too fucking loud. The judge definitely won’t find me in contempt for wasting his time.
“Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough pointed out. “I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it.”
The former Baptist pastor opined that “homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that.”
“Yeah I think that’s great,” LaBarbera agreed. “I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.”
Great argument! And hey, black men are more likely to get lung cancer:
Despite lower tobacco exposure, black men are 50% more likely than white men to get lung cancer.
So I guess we should outlaw/sue being black…and male. Oh, that sounds stupid as all hell? That’s because it is stupid as all hell.
The comparison of gay people with AIDS to smokers with cancer is equally terrible. People aren’t born smokers. However, sometimes inherent properties of who you naturally are make you more exposed to certain diseases (see black men and lung cancer). The solution isn’t to turn people against their identities (who hears the previous fact and exclaims “Quick! We have to turn all the black people white!”?*). If straight people were more likely to get AIDS, who would insist that everybody be gay? Nobody, because the argument is shit. We need to cure AIDS, not insist people become somebody else.
What’s more, tobacco companies created and marketed cigarettes even after knowing full well they cause cancer. Where is the manufacturer of addictive products that cause HIV/AIDS? Tell us where they are and you can damn well bet there will be consequences that will make the tobacco industry think they got off extremely easy.
And, actually, lesbians contract HIV/AIDS at a much lower rate that straight women. In fact…
To date, there are no confirmed cases of female-to-female sexual transmission of HIV in the United States database (K. McDavid, CDC, oral communication, March 2005).
Why is Scarborough not suing straight women and insisting they all go lesbian? Because we don’t have a consistent standard here, that’s why. We have a guy dead-set on loathing certain people because an ancient and ignorant people wrote it into a book that he was supposed to hate them, and we have him trying to find any means (aside from just citing the book) to justify it in the real world. This is a much greater personal shortcoming than making out with someone with the same genitalia.
With straight women it’s sympathy: they got a disease they didn’t create for engaging in sex. It sucks and we should find a cure.
For gay men it’s blame: you got a disease you didn’t create? Time to sue your ass. And as for the vast majority of gay men who don’t have HIV/AIDS, you’re getting sued too, because some gay men you’ve never met have contracted AIDS. You should’ve thought about that before you fell in love and forged a loving relationship that puts lots of Christian marriages to shame, homos!
For gay women it’s still blame: you get this horrible disease less than your straight counterparts? While most people with a heart that isn’t composed entirely of obsidian would rejoice for you (because deadly diseases suck) you’re getting a lawsuit anyway – because some lesbians getting AIDS in ways that have nothing to do with sex is a apparently a crime for which merely having AIDS is not a sufficient punishment, but for which all lesbians everywhere deserve to get sued.
This line of reasoning could be the lead exhibit in a museum of the stupidest shit ever conceived.
And then Labarbera delighting at the prospect of a high school student who has contracted HIV. Wouldn’t that just be great? This from a guy who has said in the past that we can’t sufficiently care for our fellow human beings if we don’t believe in Jesus. Look what a knock out job it’s doing for him.
This is the kind of baseless, needless, and powerful hatred that faith can create. This is the miasma that seep into, and ultimately destroy, a human mind – a mind motivated to make the world a better place. Yet faith can convince someone that making the world a better place is accomplished by preventing people from loving one another.
* Tea Partiers, that’s who.