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LaBarbera Award: Bryan Fischer

Jim Burroway

June 11th, 2010

Speaking of paranoia, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer also seems to have an overly-active imagination:

Some of England’s leading newspapers – The Sun, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail – all had feature stories yesterday about the latest Taliban terror tactic: burying dirty needles with their bombs in an effort to infect troops with HIV. They are planting hypodermic syringes below the surface with the points facing upward in hopes that bomb squad experts will prick themselves and become contaminated with hepatitis and HIV.

If the bomb goes off, then the needles become deadly flying shrapnel.

Said a member of Parliament, “Are there no depths to which these people will stoop? This is the definition of a dirty war.”

If we connect the dots here, the inescapable conclusion is that gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism.

…Now if gays are allowed into the military, they will be inevitably be put in battlefield situations where donated blood from soldiers may be necessary to save the lives of wounded comrades. An HIV-infected American soldier whose blood is used in those circumstances may very well condemn his fellow soldier to death rather than save his life.

If open homosexuals are allowed into the United States military, the Taliban won’t need to plant dirty needles to infect our soldiers with HIV. Our own soldiers will take care of that for them.

All members of the military, gay or straight, are tested for HIV before they enter. Once in the army, everyone, again gay or straight, is tested every two years. Only those who are HIV-negative are sent into war zones. Other services have similar policies. A simple Google search can uncover this information in just 0.32 seconds. Fischer’s vision of hoards of AIDS-infected soldiers posing as a terrorist threat is purely a figment of his imagination. And it’s that creative spark that we look for whenever we award someone the LaBarbera Award.

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Jason D
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

getting back to the bombs for a second….

I seem to recall in the countless lectures, seminars, and speakers I had in High School that HIV doesn’t do real well outside the comfy confines of the human body. It’s rather fragile. So these “dirty needles bombs” if they exist don’t have the additional danger of HIV infection, as by the time the bomb is put together, the HIV is dead or “inert” or whatever.

I don’t know if Hepatitis has the same fragility.

I also wonder if whatever heat generated by the explosion would effectively “disinfect” the materials?

Swampfox
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

I would doubt that any blood given to a soldier in today’s combat zones would not first go through an HIV screening process in the first place. As for needles infected with HIV or Hep being used, there is nothing we can do to stop our enemy from using any tactics ……… except to kill the SOBs.

TJMcFisty
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Seems that making a bomb that gives a person a long-lasting, readily mitigated disease seems rather inefficient and downright dumb. Might as well just load the bomb with TB or a common cold if you’re going to go low grade bio-terrorist. Nerve gas and Ebola for the pros.

Bill S
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Does anyone actually believe the “needle-bomb” story? It sounds like a preposterous urban myth, for all the reasons Jason D cited.
There’s also the practical matter of acquiring these infected needles. It seems like an awful lot of trouble, since, y’know, bombs are already kinda fatal.

Tom in Lazybrook
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Mr. Fischer just is yet another character in the AFA-tied crazy-making associations.

Remember their ‘former’ California Director, Scott Lively. The AFA kept him on for years AFTER he wrote his work of halocaust revisionism (The Pink Swastika). Not only did Lively publish and promote this book while the California Director of the AFA, but he even linked to it on the AFA of California webpage. Lively also was retained by the AFA AFTER he paid a monetary settlement after he was sued for PHYSICALLY assaulting a Gay rights supporter in Oregon.

There remains the question of the level of AFA’s involvement with the World Congress of Families, which cheerleads the work of Syria and Iran at the UN to stop UN condemnation of executions and jailings of people, simply because they are Gay (December 2009 vote). Lively’s Watchmen on the Walls (a violently anti-Gay organization founded by Lively after he “left” AFA) seemed to also be partnering with the AFA at the WCF in the past.

I’d love for an AFA primer to be used to for discussing their links with the WCF, Iran/Syria, Lively, Halocaust Revisionism, employment of people who physically assault Gay rights supporters, and Brian Fischer to be created to educate the people about the AFA.

Why not bring all this up when the AFA tries to misbehave (say in Michigan) and demand that they answer about their associations?

justsearching
June 12th, 2010 | LINK

Although I know he is talking about the supposed risks from blood transfusions coming from gays, the wording in the last sentences almost makes it seems like once gays are allowed to openly be in the military they’ll pull out HIV-filled needles and start injecting everyone they can. I think he is trying to bring to mind, without directly stating, the urban legend that infecting HIV-free individuals is the favorite pass time of HIV-infected gays.

Regan DuCasse
June 12th, 2010 | LINK

My GOD is this man an irresponsible dumbass!

In the history of the military, especially with regard to sexual congress, the biggest problem was straight soldiers being involved with prostitutes or local foreign women.

Putting themselves at risk of an STD, or pregnancies among these women.

As it is, the residual shame of Vietnam was bui doi (mixed children of American soldiers), many of whom were hunted down and killed by Pol Pot to purify ethnic SE Asians.
Very few escaped and made it here to the US to claim American citizenship through that blood tie.

So encouraging commitment and marriage through the ranks to reduce the risk of disease seems more sensible. And certainly gay soldiers don’t risk pregnancy, something that definitely will take a soldier out of service for a while.

So with the requirement of regular testing, and being disease free upon service, the tools for having a problem in the ranks isn’t due to a ban on gay soldiers, but keeping straight soldiers more disciplined.

Doesn’t this fuzz brain understand that heterosexuals believing that HIV/AIDS was a ‘gay disease’ is why so many heteros ended up infected in the first place?

Misinformation, coming from him in this day and age, is not only dangerous…but seriously mind boggling.

The anti gay are about the least reliable source of information on HIV, child abuse and marriage history of anyone.

darkmoonman
June 12th, 2010 | LINK

This fear keeps company with the one that used to spread across Florida annually: that mosquitoes can infect you with HIV.

Candace
June 12th, 2010 | LINK

It’s interesting that about 78% of the adult population of South Florida will test positive for antibodies for West Nile Virus, meaning most of us had the disease at some point in our lives– most likely from mosquito transmission–but, to my knowledge (and I stay pretty well-read on science and medical news) there has never been a single case here of HIV being transmitted by a mosquito.

Bill S
June 13th, 2010 | LINK

justsearching, that’s EXACTLY what he’s trying to do. He truly HATES homosexuals. To such a degree that he doesn’t even see them as human beings.

b
June 14th, 2010 | LINK

ok when I was reading that Fischer guy’s wordspew all I could think was LEAP LEAP LEEEEEEEEAP.

I’m trying to work some joke about grasshoppers and jumping to conclusions (DUMB conclusions), but alas…

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