A Wyoming Republican lawmaker is getting a great deal of attention for his views on homosexuality and gay people today. Troy Mader was appointed to replace a long-time GOP state representative who passed away in January. Since then, a highly-offensive book he wrote in 1987, The Death Sentence of AIDS, has come to light, and Mader is reportedly standing by its contents.
At the height of the AIDS panic, when President Ronald Reagan refused to act and little was known about HIV/AIDS, Troy Mader collected some of the most volatile and anti-gay comments he could find and self-published the collection of quotes. Of course, some of those were from none other than the anti-gay activist Paul Cameron, a discredited researcher whose work the religious right has been using for decades. Other quotes are from supposed studies whose validity is highly-questionable — and totally inaccurate for today.
A sampling, via the Casper Star-Tribune:
“The spread of AIDS into the general population of the United States is assumed to have come about by: A. Homosexuals who purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population. B. Bisexual men who participated in homosexual acts, became infected and then passed it on to wives, lovers, prostitutes and most off-spring born after infection….”
“Many homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.”
“One activist has said that 10,000 sex partners in the lifetime of a ‘very active’ homosexual would not be extraordinary.”
“Many homosexuals demand the right to kill themselves with the AIDS virus and to kill others by infecting them.”
“Mandatory Testing must be required for the entire population…”
“All sexual practices of homosexuals must cease…”
“A homosexual can reform if he wants to, it is just that most homosexuals do not want to change.”
“They (liberals and the liberal press) advocate national suicide for the ‘rights’ of a few.”
The Star-Tribune reports that Mader “stands by” the contents of the book. On one claim in particular — that government should mandate nationwide testing of the entire population for HIV/AIDS — Mader responded:
“I haven’t seen anything to refute their statements at the time.”
Of course, Mader says, “If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice,” and adds that he’s not a bigot because he has several gay friends.
This post has been updated.
Hat tip: The Raw Story
Image: State of Wyoming
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