Fed­eral pro­mo­tion of a deadly life­style

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Re: your ar­ti­cle in the June 27 edi­tion ti­tled “Ac­tivists at USDA push heavy gay sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing” (page 3), read­ing of the USDA’s plan for mak­ing its em­ploy­ees apolo­getic for the tra­di­tional (and well-founded) view of ho­mo­sex­ual be­hav­ior, I thought, “Some­thing’s wrong with this pic­ture.”

Why? Be­cause the CDC re­ports that of the 1,000,000 Amer­i­cans in­fected with HIV/AIDS, 480,000 are men hav­ing sex with men (MSM) and the USDA seems in de­nial about this; if not, then why in­sti­tute a pro­gram pro­mot­ing the un­healthy “gay” life­style.

Each of these 480,000 men needs anti-vi­ral drugs ($24,000 per year; $480,000 over 20 years) to pro­long his life for 20 years. Do the math: 480,000 MSM x $480,000; and these drugs are only post­pon­ing ad­di­tions to the 330,000 MSM lost to AIDS since 1980.

Con­sid­er­ing this suf­fer­ing and death as well as the mount­ing bur­den on our lim­ited med­i­cal re­sources, it seems to me that “gay” ac­tivists gen­er­ally, and those at USDA in par­tic­u­lar, should apol­o­gize to Amer­ica. John J. McCart­ney, Jr. Chicago, Illi­nois

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