The American Family Association (AFA), a Christian activist group based in Mississippi, questioned why President Barack Obama advocated supporting people with HIV/AIDS instead of telling gay people to change their behavior like a diet (video below).
According to RightWingWatch.org, the AFA was upset about Obama issuing a proclamation on May 31 for June to be designated an LGBT pride month.
The proclamation read in part:
We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community -- gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.
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In response, Tim Wildmon, president of the AFA, stated in the organization's video:
You know, one of the real ironies of this proclamation is the president here cites the need for more funding for HIV/AIDS.
But, unlike Michelle Obama, who advocates that children stay off the sodas, he doesn’t advocate behavior change when it comes to homosexual behavior affecting your health.
Abe, why doesn’t he say, "Stop doing what you’re doing and you won’t get AIDS?"
Abe Hamilton, an AFA public policy analyst, added:
I think once again you highlight one of the glaring episodes of hypocrisy that comes from secular progressivism as applied to public policy.
In terms of other health areas, well, you need to get exercise, you need to cut the sugars, you need to not eat sodas, but in terms of homosexuality, there’s no adjustment needed in your behavior, we just need to pour more money into treating the results of the behavior.
"Even though it’s very provable that engaging in homosexual activity is dangerous to your health, in the same way that smoking is, or sugar, too much sugar, or anything of that nature," Wildmon said.
Homosexuality does not actually cause HIV/AIDS as Wildmon and Hamilton asserted, but gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men do have higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), noted the CDC.
The CDC also lists steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of HIV transmission.