Senator Stacey Campfield’s Facebook Response to a Friend

Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield has gotten a lot of press lately for the blatantly false claims he made on Michelangelo Signorile’s Sirius/XM radio show. Here is a highlight from his interview:

“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall…

…My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.” – Senator Stacey Campfield

You can listen to the full interview here.

Campfield then “informed” Signorile that the homosexual lifespan is “very short. Google it yourself.” Campfield’s sources for his erroneous “facts”?  One of his sources is an advice column from 1988 and a Christian apologetics website.  ThinkProgress has done a splendid job finding the sources to debunk Campfield’s “facts”.  Please follow the link above to their page.  My purpose is to simply share the failings of this man who is in a (terrifying) position of power and authority.

My hometown NBC affiliate interviewed Campfield after the radio show to get his response and very easily (and thankfully) shared that experts prove his claims as false.

10News sat down with the senator where he confirmed his statements, but said it was taken out of context. He said that he acknowledges that heterosexuals can contract the virus. He meant that certain groups are at much higher risk for AIDS.

“A lot of people trying to gloss over and say it’s an every person disease but really it’s just those high risk people that are most likely to contract or spread that disease The odds of a regular man getting it from a regular woman are very low,” he said.

We asked, “What do you mean by ‘regular?’”

He said, “someone who is not from Africa, someone who is not a homosexual, someone who is not an IV drug user, someone who is not sleeping with someone who is one of those things.”

Then a friend took to Facebook today and directly countered Campfield’s “facts” with the following discussion (yes, Campfield replied).

Travis Wright
Just writing to let you know that your recent “views” on homosexuality and statements that HIV/AIDS is virtually impossible to contract via hetersexual sex is stupid and DANGEROUS. We want our youth to be cautious and use protection, not think that they are exempt from contracting a disease that is very real and prominent in all ways of life. You sir, are a moron.Also, as a side note, your “favorite quotation” about privacy, etc. is bull, everything you post on Facebook BELONGS to Facebook. Perhaps you should have read the terms and conditions before you signed up, moron…
Stacey Campfield
Sorry to let you down but here are some cold hard facts…
Here are a few links with a compilation of facts found elsewhere mostly from the CDCOn the short lifespan of homosexuals,
http://theroadtoemmaus.org/RdLb/22SxSo/PnSx/HSx/hosx_lifspn.htmOdds of getting AIDS through vaginal sex
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/895/what-are-the-odds-of-getting-aids-from-ordinary-heterosexual-sex

I admit I am not a historian on AIDS (If you listen to the actual uncut interview I was asked to tell what I had heard was the history of AIDS) The research on sex with a monkey being the first transmitter of AIDS has not been proven nor firmly dis proven. It is one of about 5 theories I was able to find on the source of AIDS. No credible source said any one was clearly definitive one way or the other.

It was first published I think in a book which documents the history of the AIDS epidemic is entitled “And the Band Played On.” The author of And the Band Played On was appalled by the unsanitary and degrading behavior of homosexuals. He died of AIDS a year after his book was published. The homosexual pilot comment was first printed in the American Journal of medicine article about “Patient 0″. His name was Gaeton Dugas. While possibly not the first person with AIDS he is still widely considered the person who widely transmitted the modern outbreak of the disease.

Here is a link on that…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga%C3%ABtan_Dugas

As for the reason for the interview (My bill on parental responsibility of teaching sexuality to very young children) Here are some points of view for you to consider.

-It is a parents responsibility to decide when a child is ready to grasp such a complex issue as sexuality and what they want to tell the child about that complex subject. Not a teachers.

- All children develop mentally at different rates. I do not feel a teacher with an agenda (Be it pro
or con) is the appropriate person to decide “Now is the time” for an entire class of children just because they may think one way or another on an issue and want to espouse it.

-A teacher is not a trained child psychologist or psychiatrist and could do as much harm as good to a sexually confused child.

-I doubt many on the other side would want a teacher who said “Homosexuality is evil, dirty and wrong” just because they felt that it was what is appropriate, that it is what they thought the children needed to and were ready to hear. This bill ensures neutrality from teachers.

-Physically threatening behavior is what is and needs to remain covered for all groups. Not the sexuality of the victim. We already have anti bullying legislation passed in Tennessee (In fact I co sponsored it 2 or 3 years ago when it passed) so all children are protected from bullying in our schools.

-We do not need an un equal justice system that creates special separate classes of protected people that gets special protection under the law.

-Nor do we need to silence the first amendment rights of religious free speech of those in our schools whose family may hold different beliefs (as long as those beliefs are not physically threatening).

-While there is a scientific and educational need to mention the basics of heterosexuality when teaching the basics of reproduction (XY chromosomes, etc.) there is no scientific need to mention homosexuality as homosexuals do not naturally reproduce.

-We are falling behind the rest of the world in math, science, and English amongst other things. Tennessee ranks about 46th in most areas. Social engineering is just one less issue teachers should have to worry about teaching as part of their curricula.

Yours in service,

Sen. Stacey Campfield

Travis Wright
Stacey,

Did it ever occur to you that part of the reason for the average lifespan of the homosexual could be suicide? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself this question: if homosexuality were a choice then why would anyone in their right mind choose a life where your own family disowns you, society looks down upon you, etc. I agree with you 1000% that it is not a teacher’s place to teach our children about sex, that should be left up to the parents, but let’s face facts, the home is becoming less and less a place for learning and nurturing our future generations. In my opinion as well as other’s, I find that we must at least teach our children the importance of good decisions and responsible behavior. I did click on and read the links you provided, however, I must say that I have little faith in something written in 1988 and even less faith in Wikipedia. Also, the “facts” in the first link is from a biased source, not from a scientist but from a dogmatic source. In the future, please get your research from just that, RESEARCH (current research is better). I would also like to “inform” you that homosexuals as a whole are not a dirty group. In my experience there MANY straight couples taking part in anal sex. Have you ever penetrated a woman in her rectum? If so, then you, according to your own beliefs and those you have directed me to in your prior email, are a dirty person. In short, I am sorry to let YOU down, but your supporting documentation is biased, OUTDATED and unreliable.

Yours truly,
Travis Wright

Fun Follow-Up Fact #1: Campfield has the following warning on his Facebook profile.
Warning–any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure, mass media or political entity including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information, comments, quotes by me, nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo’s or any other “picture” art or comment posted on my profile or Facebook page. You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein or comments made by me here or elsewhere on Facebook or facebook chat without my expressed written approval on a case by case basis. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile site or page are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law
Fun Follow-Up Fact #2: He’s wrong… again.  According to Facebook’s Terms of Service (note the items in bold):

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

(Section 2) Sharing Your Content and Information

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos andvideos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  3. When you use an application, your content and information is shared with the application. We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information. (To learn more about Platform, read our Privacy Policy and Platform Page.)
  4. When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
So, by sharing his words with Travis who was then free to share them as he wished I am now sharing them with anyone who reads this post.  Legally.  And, being a public figure who should be trying to educate himself with facts and actual research, I would hope Campfield reads this too and takes a moment to think about the false, hurtful and destructive statements he has been making.
UPDATE (January 29, 2012 8:30pm): Check out my roommate’s response to the failings of Mr. Campfield.

6 thoughts on “Senator Stacey Campfield’s Facebook Response to a Friend

  1. The original monkey-vector theory had nothing to do with sex of any kind. It was, long ago, surmised that the possibility existed that someone; perhaps a member of primitive tribe, ate uncooked or improperly cooked monkey brain or other tissue likely to contain high concentrations of SIV virus which then mutated into HIV in its new human host. This was never even really a theory in the scientific sense of the word, rather it was, and is, pure speculation.

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  3. Wow. I knew this guy was an idiot, but not such a LOUD idiot. The number one group of people in this country who are contracting and being diagnosed with HIV right now are black heterosexual WOMEN.

  4. I love how his Facebook page so proudly declares that he is “self-employed and loving it!!!”. Really? Doesn’t being a state senator mean that you, like, work for the people of your district?

    What a neanderthal.

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