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Conservative Professor Compares Gay People to Smokers, Says Charge Them More for Life Insurance

| by Michael Allen

George Mason University professor and conservative writer Walter Williams recently claimed that gay people should have to pay more for life insurance because of their "life-shortening lifestyle choice," which he compared to people who choose to smoke and those who are obese.

Williams noted on Creators.com that life insurance companies charge people lower premiums if they do not smoke and "higher premiums to those who are obese."

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Williams also stated: "According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, life expectancy at age 20 for homosexual and bisexual men is eight to 20 years less than for all men. That's a lifestyle shortening of life expectancy greater than obesity and tobacco use. Yet one never hears of insurance companies advertising lower premiums for heterosexual men."

However, RawStory.com reports that the study by the International Journal of Epidemiology is "decades old" (Vancouver, Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s) and Williams "did not mention HIV or AIDS influenced the findings."

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Williams also added, "If one cannot contract Ebola, as the CDC claims, except through exchange of bodily fluids, then why were millions of dollars spent transporting Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol from Liberia to a U.S. hospital under extreme isolation procedures?"

Williams failed to mention that there was nationwide hysteria spread by right-wing media who even accused President Obama of bringing Ebola to the United States, noted MediaMatters.org.

The Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., actually received nasty emails and phone calls for treating Dr. Brantly and Writebol.

Donald Trump tweeted at the time:

Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!

There are also far fewer treatments for Ebola than HIV or AIDS, and Ebola can kill someone in a matter of weeks. The Economist notes that more money is needed to find a treatment and a cure for Ebola.

Sources: The Economist, Twitter, MediaMatters.org, RawStory.com, Creators.com (Image Credit: IoannesM)