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Attention blood donors

A little-noticed news item today says a “study” could result in allowing “MSM” to donate blood.  “Study” is code for bureaucrats in search of a pretext to issue orders, and “MSM” means men who have sex with men.

That means somebody out there would like to stop barring homosexual men from donating blood.  The reason homosexual men are now barred is that they’re far more likely to carry the HIV/AIDS virus than any other segment of the population.  If you receive a blood transfusion from somebody who has AIDS, you’ll get AIDS.  The nation has made the judgment that the potential benefit isn’t worth the risk.

Reliable statistics on homosexuality are hard to find because it is a matter of deep shame to most people who have ever done something, ahem, unusual even one time.  And if people won’t admit to it, how can you trust the stats?

Still, here’s what we do know about homosexuality and AIDS from the Centers for Disease Control:

CDC estimates that approximately 50,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year in the United States. In 2009 (the most recent year that data are available), there were an estimated 48,100 new HIV infections. Most (61%) of these new infections occurred in gay and bisexual men.

From the CDC web site, here are new AIDS cases in 2009 by the mode of transmission:

23,846    Male-to-male sexual contact
3,932     Injection drug use
1,131     Male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use
12,860   Heterosexual contact
76   Other

Okay… so there’s not much debate on whether the danger is real (It is.), nor whether the danger is concentrated among “MSM” (It is.).  In our age of “intolerant tolerance,” it sounds almost freakish to state unwelcome facts plainly, but the deeds which homosexuals perform upon one another do, in the aggregate, tend to increase the spread of the AIDS virus.  Long gone are the days when the disease was called GRID for Gay Related Immune Deficiency.  A celebrity of national fame would get boxed around his ears for reminding anybody about this.

If your logic detector connects to your indignation switch, you’re already sputtering in protest, “Why would anyone lower the threshold for the safety of the blood supply by inviting homosexuals to donate?”

Not actually knowing the motives of the ‘crats who want this, I can only state the obvious and allow the Duck Theorem to pull the reader to his own conclusions.  The homosexual activist community is fanatically bent on erecting legal structures to compel Americans to accord them the same respect that normal relationships have.  They insist on having sexual orientation treated the same as ethnicity, enlist Hollywood support in demonizing people who suggest homosexuality is sinful, sue to overturn laws and constitutional amendments defining marriage as heterosexual and monogamous, and so on.

Allowing gay blood donors looks to me like it’s cut from the same cloth.  Why do I think so?  For one thing, the blood of needle dependent drug users appears to be no worse than homosexuals’, yet nobody is seeking to have their donations accepted.  And not even gays themselves are claiming that including their blood would make the blood supply safer.  Their argument seems to be that it probably wouldn’t make things a lot worse.

And that brings me to a question where public safety, politics, pragmatism, culture, traditional morality, and religion all intersect: Can western society maintain the position that the unique health problems associated with homosexuality means homosexuals must be treated differently from heterosexuals?  A society whose TSA insists it must harass Henry Kissinger lest they be accused of treating him differently from a potential terrorist is a society too demented to get the right answer on this question.  Lord, please grant us leaders with good sense, good humor, and a lot of guts.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

 

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