Private fun at public cost

speaking out


No factual information that could reflect negatively on homosexuals is likely to find its way through either media or academic filters, but anything that shows gays as victims can get massive coverage. 

–– Thomas Sowell (Intellectuals And Society)


The Surgeon General issues warnings on matters of public health in the United States. The most common warning tends to be on cigarette labels since, “tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States”.

The fact that consenting adults smoke does not mean that physicians should be prohibited from dissuading them from the act of smoking or commenting on the very real and costly public health consequences of this behaviour. If John Private is going to engage in destructive behaviour, John Public has not only the right but the responsibility to comment on the public health costs and consequences of said destructive behaviour.

To bellyache about the right to privacy is to miss the point. Private acts can and very often do have public consequences, and these consequences usually cost money –– money that comes from the public purse.

Therefore, the idea that men having sex with men should only be framed as a private matter is complete nonsense. The “consenting adults” fallacy conveniently ignores the fact that private consensual acts can and do have very costly public consequences –– monetary and other.

Even if we submit to the post-modern zeitgeist and decriminalize buggery, it will not change the scientific facts that speak to the practice being inherently unhealthy, risky and the major contributor to the spread of HIV. And, as Dr Thomas Sowell rightly observes, “no data on the average lifespan of homosexuals compared to the national average, the cost of AIDS to the taxpayers compared to the cost of other diseases, much less a comparison of the incidence of child molestation among heterosexual and homosexual men, is likely to find its way through the filters of the intelligentsia to reach the public”.

A homosexual reporter, who has worked for The New York Times and The Detroit News, admitted that he did not write about the role of public bathhouses frequented by gay men in spreading AIDS because he was “hesitant to do a story that would give comfort to our enemies”. Like this reporter, many of the intelligentsia (who usually double as leaders) are in denial.

The evidence is there, but they continue to play word games armed with little more than poor definitions of human rights, equality and discrimination. Take a casual glance at the figures where the act is legal, embraced and celebrated, and one will quickly realize that changing the legal status of a behaviour that is inherently risky will not lead to lower infection rates if said risky behaviour is still practised. Encouraging the very act that results in higher infection rates for something we want to eliminate, or at least reduce, seems a very odd strategy.

Maybe foolishness is sense. (Kappa)

3 Responses to Private fun at public cost

  1. Regina Worrell
    Regina Worrell June 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Unsafe sex is unsafe. Period.

  2. Wendy Davies September 19, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Could not have been said any simpler or clearer. Not forgetting the pain, suffering and loneliness of those who unfortunately suffer with HIV/AIDS. Thank you for this article.

  3. William Akers February 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    If Thomas Sowell said it, it is probably wrong


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