Bryan Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, continues to promote the lethal and widely-discredited theory that HIV does not cause AIDS, by touting the cherry-picked research of Peter Duesberg, whose work has led, some say, to the infection and/or death of hundreds of thousands of HIV/AIDS infected babies in South Africa. Fischer today called the scientifically-proven HIV to AIDS link a “hoax,” a “scam,” and said that people with AIDS “reap what they sow.” But in a surprising turn, Saddleback Church founder Rick Warren – no friend of the LGBT community himself — has denounced Fischer and Duesberg’s cruel and lethal AIDS denialism.
“In Duesberg’s scientific judgment, HIV is harmless passenger virus,” Fischer states today, pinning any real responsibility on Duesberg. “Literally millions of people, for instance, have HIV but do not have AIDS (does the name Magic Johnson ring a bell with anyone?) Killing off HIV thus wouldn’t do thing one to slow down the spread of AIDS. According to Duesberg, it is the intensive drug use in the homosexual culture, particularly of inhalants such as alkyl nitrites, that is the culprit. We know for a dead certain fact what these drugs do to break down the immune system.”
In blaming people with AIDS, Fischer adds that “unbiblical behavioral patterns can in fact be responsible and people do in fact reap what they sow.”
“It’s worthy of note that Pastor Warren has been duped by another supposed scientific consensus, the one on the human causation of global warming. That hoax is being debunked virtually every single day, and former warmists are fleeing the ship like the crew of the Costa Concordia. Warren was wrong on the global warming scam, and he is wrong on the AIDS scam.”
(As an aside, it looks like almost three dozen people may be dead from the Costa Concordia tragedy. Note how Fischer uses it without a blink of compassion.)
Fischer also claims that “research money is entirely tied to maintaining the HIV hoax,” rather offensively.
A few weeks ago Fischer — whose apparent main goal is the marginalization and annihilation of gay men (and, no doubt, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people, too) — interviewed on-air Peter Duesberg, and concluded that Duesberg’s theory was fact, given that Magic Johnson has been HIV-positive for two decades. Both Duesberg and Fischer ignore the fact that Magic Johnson, being a man of means and connections, was able early on to acquire life-saving HIV anti-retroviral drugs and access the finest healthcare in America.
Fischer’s screed is in response to his fellow religious anti-gay bigot Rick Warren’s assertion that “[s]ince 1985, when the virus that creates AIDS was isolated, every doctor on the planet, except Peter Duesberg, has known that HIV is the only cause of AIDS.” Warren, and his wife Kay, sent Warren Throckmorton a lengthy statement in response to Bryan Fischer’s attack on science and promotion of Duesberg.
“To imply the disease is caused by anything besides HIV is quack science, like claiming the earth is flat, or the moon is made of cheese,” the Warren statement reads. They add:
Duesberg’s denial of the entire body of research, and his rejection of thousands of scientific trials and papers, would be laughable if millions of lives weren’t at stake. But his view is deadly. Unfortunately, Duesberg convinced some people in Africa that HIV was not the cause of AIDS and as a result many people there needlessly became infected with the virus, and some have subsequently suffered and died.
It is frustrating – and frightening – for those of us in AIDS ministry to see someone like Dr. Duesberg play to people’s bias and prejudices. For the past eight years we have worked with thousands of churches around the world and in America who have ministries to those infected and affected by AIDS. No one deserves this illness, and we must not ignore those among us who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. There are numerous ways to acquire the virus – sexual activity, blood transfusions, being born to an HIV positive mother, dirty needles – but what matters isn’t how a person became infected as much as how we will respond. People with living with the virus are people that Jesus created, loves, and died for. Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that when you find someone bleeding on the side of the road, you don’t say “Was it your fault?” You just help them in love!
Let’s be very careful about what reality we deny; lives are at stake.
Chances are good that Fischer isn’t terribly concerned about the lives of people with HIV/AIDS, especially when those people are gay.
Throckmorton, who is a maven when to comes to Uganda, among many other topics, writes:
First of all, Uganda has reduced the AIDS rate by reducing HIV transmission among straights. According Harvard AIDS prevention expert, Edward Green, gays have a very small impact on the situation there. The ABC approach (abstinence, be faithful, condom use) has been quite helpful there, but this is not what Fischer suggests in his very next paragraph. Instead, Fischer’s advice to men in Uganda — “stop using poppers, stop having sex with other men and don’t shoot up” — would be nearly meaningless. Fischer and Duesberg’s Stop, Stop and Don’t Shoot won’t stop HIV but the ABC method does.
What Fischer does not do is confront the horrendous consequences of his campaign already realized in South Africa. As the Warrens pointed out, the South African government took Duesberg’s advice from 2000-2005 which led to thousands of babies being infected and over 330,000 deaths, as estimated by two follow up studies.
Yesterday, I wrote the AFA’s Tim Wildmon to ask if the AFA agrees with Fischer’s views. No reply has come as yet.
Why would it? Fischer does much of the AFA’s dirty work.
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