AIDS: “God’s Punishment To Homosexuals”


(Also published on The Bilerico Project)

I’m angry. I’m going to try and make it productive, though.

First, Iowa candidate for Congress, Jeremy Walters made remarks on his Facebook page about AIDS: “The Holy Bible say(sic) if your(sic) “GAY” homosexual they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” & etc., then he apologized, and now Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson is jumping in with his two (non)cents, defending Walters’ position. From the Iowa Independent:

When a caller brought up that it’s promiscuity that increases the risk for AIDS, and therefore Mickelson should support legalized same-sex marriage because it would lower promiscuity in the gay community, the host scoffed, saying promiscuity “defines the lifestyle.”

“Homosexuality is intrinsically promiscuous, because it violates the design of our bodies,” he said. “There is no safe way to do that.”

I love that this guy seems to know all about the “designs of our bodies” and yet doesn’t seem to care about reality, science, experience or dialog….

When is this meme going to end?

This argument is offensive to all God-believing people for one reason: it makes God look stupid. Because the “punishment” simply is not working.

HIV infected human beings are not only homosexual, they are straight, and bi and trans and intersexed  and questioning and men and women and children and Catholics and Protestants and Mormons and Muslims and Buddhists and Atheist  and white, black, brown, rich, poor, etc.

Don’t you think that if God were trying to punish the homosexuals She would do a better job? Maybe wouldn’t miss so often and strike a straight? Or a child? Or a Republican?

Beh.

8 comments on “AIDS: “God’s Punishment To Homosexuals”

  1. Peter says:

    I agree, AIDS is not a punishment for homosexuals. Instead, it is a consequence of sexual immorality. Hopefully, people will turn to Jesus for forgiveness. Through Jesus we die to sin, and find new life. But, God doesn’t always remove the consequences of our actions.

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    • A consequence of sexual immorality? It is a disease. Spread by certain body fluids. Like breast milk. Like blood. Which are not necessarily involved in sexual acts.And even then….Your simplistic dismissal is simply ignorant and offensive.Get educated.

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    • jules says:

      Amen to your words Peter. I’m often dismayed at people who cherry pick what they want from the scriptures and leave other parts out if it is too painful for them to bear.
      St Paul to the Romans condemns unnatural sexual behaviour and warns that such behaviour will result in a depraved body and mind and says that people who do such things (including murder and wickedness) are worthy of death
      As scripture says….

      24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
      Romans 1
      God bless,

      Jules
      J

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  2. Peter says:

    You are correct that it is a disease, which is spread by certain bodily fluids. I never said that it wasn’t. My post was a response to the assertion that AIDS is a punishment for homosexuals. All diseases and pains are a result of immorality that started with the humanity’s initial sin. The babies, who received HIV from their mothers, may have to suffer because of the mothers’ actions. Not every person infected is at fault for having the disease. Sometimes, others have to deal with the consequences of our actions. I do apologize to you if I have offended you for not addressing this matter in more detail.

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    • Peter, you do not offend me, per se, as much as you frustrate me.
      My God and yours seem to be very different, even though we use the same book to describe God. The difference probably lies in how we view the world. I tend to look at the world as created by God for love, generosity and peace- and a a place where human beings can achieve that. As a result, I also view God and Jesus Christ in the same way- agents of love, generosity and peace.
      I do not believe in vengeance, but I do believe in consequences. One of the consequences of my having HIV is a great spiritual awakening. It is not punishment. That would make God a sadist, an abusive and irresponsible parent. And that is simply not my experience. Not in 30 years of scripture study, prayer, service and in 45 years of life.
      There are only opportunities to love or to judge. Judging is the easy way out. Looking at something as an opportunity to love more completely is harder, but, I believe, more in line with the Gospel.

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  3. Peter says:

    Well, if you have any questions about why I believe what I do, feel free to ask me anytime. There is nothing I enjoy talking about more than God. I don’t have it all figured out and I’m not always right, but God has so touched my heart that He is the love of my life.

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  4. lindsay says:

    I am not a homophobe by any means, but let’s be honest here-when most people think of the aids virus, they think of gays. they go hand in hand. nobody can dispute that. it is a FACT. i have read tons of articles on the astonishing numbers of gay and bi men infected with the aids virus and alot of them don’t even know they have it. i have to be honest, i have often wondered if aids was god’s punishment to homosexuals. i mean, the fact that gays have the highest risk of ANYONE to contact the most deadly disease known to man says something. at least, to me it does. with that being said, i have also wondered why god would create gays if they are an abomonation. there is no question in my mind that gays are born that way. who would choose to be constantly ridiculed and discrminated against?

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