“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).
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…
Sorry to let you down but here are some cold hard facts…
http://theroadtoemmaus.org/RdLb/22SxSo/PnSx/HSx/hosx_lifspn.htmOdds of getting AIDS through vaginal 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…
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
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.
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