Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Compassion of Conservatives
What I remember most from that time was that AIDS was, back then, called "Karposi's Sarcoma" and some people thought it was "the gay plague". There were a significant number of people who were actually celebrating the fact that gay men were dying. They waved their Bibles and babbled on about God's will and other such crap. The televangelists, especially that pile-of-human-shit in Virginia (he ran for president in `88), were actually gleeful about people dying.
And he wasn't the only one. I was stationed in the South in that time and I read the local papers. There were op-ed pieces and letters to the editor that proclaimed AIDS as a sign of God's wrath on sinners. If there ever was a clear indication that "love the sinner, hate the sin" was nothing but bullshit, the outpouring of hatred over AIDS was it.
It was pretty disgusting to see that so many people in this country had so little humanity. And they haven't changed very much.