Bryan Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association,Â continues to promote the lethal and widely-discredited theory that HIV does not cause AIDS, by touting the cherry-picked research ofÂ 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.”Â But in a surprising turn, Saddleback Church founder Rick WarrenÂ — no friend of the LGBT community himself — has denounced Fischer and Duesberg’s cruel and lethal AIDS denialism.
“In Duesbergâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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.”
“Itâ€™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 theÂ 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 annihilationÂ of gay men (and, no doubt, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people, too) — interviewed on-airÂ Peter Duesberg, and concluded thatÂ Duesberg’s theory was fact, given that Magic Johnson has been HIV-positive for two decades. BothÂ 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 andÂ 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 ofÂ 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:
Duesbergâ€™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 werenâ€™t at stake. Â But his view is deadly.Â 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 â€“ and frightening â€“ for those of us in AIDS ministry to see someone like Dr. Duesberg play to peopleâ€™s bias and prejudices.Â For the pastÂ eight years we have worked with thousands of churches around the worldÂ and in America who have ministries to those infected and affected by AIDS.Â No one deserves this illness, and we must not ignore those among us who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.Â There are numerous ways to acquire the virus â€“ sexual activity, blood transfusions, being born to an HIV positive mother, dirty needles â€“ Â but what matters isnâ€™t Â howÂ a person became infected as much asÂ how we will respond. People with living with the virus are people that Jesus created, loves, and died for. Jesusâ€™ story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that when you find someone bleeding on the side of the road, you donâ€™t say â€œWas it your fault?â€ You just help them in love!
Letâ€™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, Fischerâ€™s advice to men in Uganda â€” â€œstop using poppers, stop having sex with other men and donâ€™t shoot upâ€ â€” would be nearly meaningless. Fischer and Duesbergâ€™s Stop, Stop and Donâ€™t Shoot wonâ€™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 Duesbergâ€™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 AFAâ€™s Tim Wildmon to ask if the AFA agrees with Fischerâ€™s views. No reply has come as yet.
Why would it? Fischer does much of the AFA’s dirty work.
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report
With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.
“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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