Here Today, Gonorrhea Tomorrow

This must be that superbug Tony mentions

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?

AIDS protest

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.

12 Responses to “Here Today, Gonorrhea Tomorrow”

  1. Syldoran Says:

    I always think that the sheer ignorance can’t get any worse, and then it does. Between the health care and the safe sex options staring him in the face, you have to wonder what other things go straight over his head.

  2. Jeff Eyges Says:

    I can’t come up with any other explanation for why these fundies are so fixated on that one activity.

    No, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The ones who bark the loudest…

  3. Jeff Eyges Says:

    And I love the correlation between Bible Belt states and STD’s. They probably think you can’t get these diseases when siblings are f*cking. While playing the banjo. In a trailer.

  4. sue blue Says:

    Goshdammit, why don’t them microbes read their Bibles? They’re only supposed to infect gays, minorities and the dirty poor, not good white church-goin, Wal-Mart-shoppin’ Republican-votin’ True American™ patriots! Damn! Must be some closet gays infiltratin’ the trailer park, makin’ baby Jesus cry and gettin God pissed off. Or a librul plot or somethin.

  5. Sarah Says:

    There are other STDs, of course. Tony doesn’t mention AIDS at all in his latest diatribe.

    That’s because Tony doesn’t think AIDS is an STD. “It’s divine retribution from GAAAAAAAAAWD for the sin of buttsecks, which I can’t stop thinking about, and sometimes my naughty place gets tingly for reasons I’d rather not examine.”

  6. Jeff Eyges Says:

    “It’s divine retribution from GAAAAAAAAAWD for the sin of buttsecks, which I can’t stop thinking about, and sometimes my naughty place gets tingly for reasons I’d rather not examine.”

    Yeah, that’s pretty much it. God, they really are the worst people in the world. Why do we allow these profoundly damaged people to have as much control as they do?

  7. OtherRob Says:

    I gave my wife one of those Giant Microbe toys one time when she was sick. No, not an STD one, guys. Sheesh. ;)

  8. Private 'Baldrick' Tom Says:

    Why do we allow these profoundly damaged people to have as much control as they do?

    Because the Democrats got castrated in the late 60′s and have been ballsless ever since.

  9. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Because the Democrats got castrated in the late 60’s and have been ballsless ever since.

    You mean when the liberal Democrats purged the Dixiecrats?

  10. Private 'Baldrick' Tom Says:

    No, it was the other way round. Genuine liberal Dems are far and few between. Russ Feingold was the only one to oppose the Patriot Act. The fauxgressives, like Obama, are long on rhetoric and short on action.

    If the libs had purged the Dixies, the current party would be composed of actual liberals who support actual change instead giving GOPers and the health insurance industry 99% of everything they want.

  11. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Ahh! That explains it. You are a firebagger!

  12. Steve Wiggins Says:

    I love the giant microbe! I’ve got one of Y. pestis (the Black Death) kicking around the apartment someplace. Nice thing about the plague is that you can get it without even kissing!