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Mike Huckabee & Quarantine of AIDS Patients

See 2nd article below

[COMMENT:  This is exactly right.  For how to defend the case, go to Evidence on Homosexuality, and to Strategy.  

I am not a fan of Huckabee, but he is very right on this issue, and I applaud him for standing up with a very unpopular message which will get him a lot of abuse.  I hope other candidates will back him up on this one -- and do so with reason and grace. 

On the political spectrum, he thinks Big Government can solve too many problems, such as welfare and education -- neither of which belong to the Federal domain.  Or to government at any level

But support the issue, whatever you think of the candidate.     E. Fox]
 

American Family Association of Pennsylvania

http://www.afaofpa.org

 

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 8, 2007

CONTACT:  Diane Gramley   1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355

 

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee is Right in AIDS Statements – isolation of AIDS patients necessary and homosexual acts are unnatural and sinful

 

(Harrisburg) --  A statewide pro-family group responding to an AP story today of the 1992 responses of then senatorial candidate Mike Huckabee says those responses are still accurate in 2007.   The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), which closely monitors efforts to normalize the homosexual lifestyle, also believes engaging in homosexual sex as sinful and ignoring the facts about HIV/AIDS has created a public health risk. 

  

“CDC statistics show that males engaging in homosexual sex are the greatest risk factor for HIV/AIDS.  Why is that fact being downplayed?  What other disease has been ignored in such a way that we now have a major public health risk?” questioned Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA. 

 

If HIV/AIDS had been treated like other epidemics, including quarantine, the spread of the disease would have been minimized.  The CDC now recognizes that bisexuals – those having sex with both men and women – are a bridge for AIDS to heterosexual women.  The devastating affects of this disease could have been dealt with if the proper medical procedures had been followed.  

 

Currently the CDC bans men who have sex with men from donating blood.  Recently in Chicago four transplant patients receiving organs from one donor were infected with AIDS.  Receiving medical treatment is becoming increasingly dangerous as the facts about HIV/AIDS continue to be ignored. 

 

From a CDC Fact Sheet entitled “HIV/AIDS and Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)”:   

“In the attempt to normalize a sinful, dangerous activity – homosexual sex – many innocent people have been hurt and even died as the result. The end of the AIDS epidemic will come only after true compassion takes control and that compassion is being truthful about HIV/AIDS.  We can no longer be politically correct as we face this public health risk.  If we want to end the AIDS epidemic start telling the truth,” concluded Gramley.

 

2nd Article

http://www.salon.com/wires/ap/2007/12/08/D8TDB35O0_huckabee_aids/index.html

Huckabee Wanted to Isolate AIDS Patients
By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press Writer

Dec 8th, 2007 | LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could "pose a dangerous public health risk."

As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.

"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague," Huckabee wrote.

"It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."

The AP submitted the questionnaire to both candidates; only Huckabee responded. Incumbent Sen. Dale Bumpers won his four term; Huckabee was elected lieutenant governor the next year and became governor in 1996.

When asked about AIDS research in 1992, Huckabee complained that AIDS research received an unfair share of federal dollars when compared to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

"In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified," Huckabee wrote. "An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor (,) Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research."

Huckabee did not return messages left with his campaign.

When Huckabee wrote his answers in 1992, it was common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact. In late 1991, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 195,718 AIDS patients in the country and that 126,159 people had died from the syndrome.

The nation had an increased awareness of AIDS at the time because pro basketball star Magic Johnson had recently disclosed he carried the virus responsible for it. Johnson retired but returned to the NBA briefly during the 1994-95 season.

Since becoming a presidential candidate this year, Huckabee has supported increased federal funding for AIDS research through the National Institutes of Health.

"My administration will be the first to have an overarching strategy for dealing with HIV and AIDS here in the United States, with a partnership between the public and private sectors that will provide necessary financing and a realistic path toward our goals," Huckabee said in a statement posted on his campaign Web site last month.

Also in the wide-ranging AP questionnaire in 1992, Huckabee said, "I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk."

A Southern Baptist preacher, Huckabee has been a favorite among social conservatives for his vocal opposition to gay marriage. In 2003, Huckabee said that the U.S. Supreme Court was probably right to strike down anti-sodomy laws, but that states still should be able to restrict things such as gay marriage or domestic partner benefits.

"What people do in the privacy of their own lives as adults is their business," Huckabee said. "If they bring it into the public square and ask me as a taxpayer to support it or to endorse it, then it becomes a matter of public discussion and discourse."

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