Here Today, Gonorrhea Tomorrow
I actually swiped the title of today’s post from Tony Perkins of the Fundie Research Council. It may be the first thing he has ever written that I actually approve of. Just the title, that is. The article itself is nothing to clap about. He writes:
According to the most knowledgeable experts on the issue, the spread of STDs may be the biggest crisis that no one knows about.
Really, Tony? Nobody talks about STDs?
Actually, it was the fundies’ influence on Ronald Reagan and other conservative politicians that prevented the federal government from tackling AIDS head-on when it became evident in the early 1980s that a serious epidemic was unfolding. The fundies contributed to the rapid expansion of that epidemic. Their backward “morality” is partially responsible for the deaths of millions.
There are other STDs, of course. Tony doesn’t mention AIDS at all in his latest diatribe. He apparently isn’t interested in those victims.
Cheryl Wetzstein of the Washington Times tackled the issue today in a must-read article about these silent killers. She quotes William Smith, head of the National Coalition of STD Directors, at length about a monster strain of gonorrhea and how it could affect every corner of the country.
I wonder if Tony talks about gonorrhea but not AIDS, because most of his followers know they run the risk of catching it. Despite their pretense of morality, fundies contract STDs at a higher rate than non-fundies (7 of the 10 states with the highest rates of gonorrhea are in the Bible Belt.).
Another STD that’s worming its way through the States is syphilis, which seems to be claiming the lives of young babies who are victims of mother-to-child transmission. In the most developed country in the world, newborns accounted for 431 of the 13,500 cases of syphilis in 2008.… Despite first-rate health care, Americans are dealing with third-world infection rates.
Why would that be, Tony? Perhaps it’s because that “first-rate health care” isn’t available to everyone? Could it be that a large segment of the population has “third-world infection rates” because they have no health insurance? Kind of like in many (but not all!) third-world countries. Health coverage that Tony Perkins opposes.
The U.S. pours millions into STD treatments when, unlike cancer, it can be avoided with simple behavioral changes!
Yes, Tony. That’s called safe sex. We could bring STD rates down by teaching safe sex in the schools. Except we can’t. Tony is opposed to that.
As FRC’s Peter Sprigg pointed out, gonorrhea’s resistant strains tend to show up first in men who have sex with men.
Once again, a fundie manages to bring the conversation back around to gay sex! They pretend to be repulsed by it, but somehow can’t stop talking about it. I wonder how often Tony’s business travel “requires” him to change planes in Minneapolis, which of course requires a restroom break.
Was that a cheap shot? Probably. Was it justified? Probably. I can’t come up with any other explanation for why these fundies are so fixated on that one activity.