Sunday, July 08, 2007

This Post Kept for the Comments (formerly, "Water")

This post was originally a link to a site at which viewers could vote on which projects would be supported by a big grant from American Express. That project is long over, and the link is now defunct.
I am leaving this post up because of the comments, which have nothing to do with the post. Someone left a comment in response to a comment I made on An Inch At A Time (you'll find the link in my comment) on the subject of the presidential appointment and congressional confirmation of the Surgeon General, and I think what was said is important enough that I don't want to delete it.
It saddens me that "anonymous" did not return to the discussion after his/her original post.
The rest of you are cordially invited to weigh in, with this proviso: Do not be unnecessarily mean to each other. Or to me. We can disagree, vehemently, passionately, but try to remember we all came into this world naked and helpless and vulnerable. Just like the Baby Jesus. So play fair.

yours in the struggle,


At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm reacting to your commen on aids on susan's blog

if public officials had warned against the homosexual behavior causing it, there wouldn't have been half the problem. now the problem is people thinking the only gay health crisis is aids, but in fact gay sex uses body parts that weren't made to be used that way, causing diseases and infections, and if we don't warn people against gay sex in general, then we're responsible for the suffering that results.

At 4:40 AM, Blogger Max Rainey said...

Hi anonymous,

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and engage this conversation. So let's get right to it!
re: "the homosexual behavior causing [aids]"
AIDS is actually caused by a virus, which has been isolated and named human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. A virus has no central nervous system and no brain. It doesn't know who it is infecting or even how it was transmitted. The myth that somehow humans are capable of creating a virus--which is a microbial life form--by engaging in certain kinds of sexual activity is certainly widespread, but it is belied by the many, many cases of individuals infected with HIV by means of blood-to-blood contact which was not precipitated by same-sex genital contact.
The U.S. is the only country in the world in which AIDS is considered a "gay" disease. It just so happened that the first group of white U.S. citizens to get it were gay men. In other countries, it is primarily--and horrifically--rampant among the heterosexual population.
OK, that's my science yak.
Now I have a question for you:
to what are you referring with the words "gay sex"? Is there one activity that is the sum total of same-sex erotic exchange? (this is a little hard to fathom, given that 2 men having sex together have a different set of equipment than 2 women having sex together).

My brother, I lovingly and gently ask you to consider what you term "fact," and whence it comes, and whether or not the source is actually based on fact, or on something else. Not all facts are relevant, of course, and we cannot live our lives by rule of fact alone. It's just that if we are going to use words like "in fact" when making a statement, it might be prudent to consider whether that statement is indeed factual.

Perhaps there are people who think "the only gay health crisis is aids [sic]," but I don't know any of them. I guess it was clear before now that you and I run in somewhat different circles. ;)

God's peace go with you.

yours in the struggle,

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Max Rainey said...

For those of you who are wondering, the "commen[t] on susan's blog" to which anonymous refers can be found in the comment section of this post at An Inch At A Time.

yours in the struggle,

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Kirstin said...

Your cousin was brave.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Kirstin said...

Oh, and Max: You've been right about lots of things. You were gloriously, joyfully right about St. A's.


Much love.


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