A newly apportioned state Republican representative in Wyoming is standing by claims he made at the height of the AIDS panic in a book entitled The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety.
Among the more outlandish claims in the book, which was self-published by Rep. Troy Mader (R-Gillette) in 1984, are that “[h]omosexuals…purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population,” and that “[m]any homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.”
In an interview with The Star-Tribune, Rep. Mader said that while some of the research in the book was “a little outdated,” that’s only because AIDS was still poorly understood by the medical community at the time.
However, excerpts from the book published by The Star-Tribune do not concern science so much as the existence of a vast homosexual conspiracy designed to force America to commit “national suicide” via promiscuity.
“There are admitted homosexuals in congress [sic] as well as in many other branches of government,” he wrote. Moreover, “congress [sic] has many members that are sympathetic to the homosexual cause.” This coalition exists because “[h]omosexuals have very strong, well-financed political activists who are constantly attempting to get legislation passed in favor of homosexual/lesbian rights.”
In the book, Mader extensively quoted from Gene Antonio, author of The AIDS Cover-Up?: The Real and Alarming Facts about AIDS and AIDS: A Weapon in the Hands of Militant Homosexuals. While he told The Star-Tribune that he merely quoted “what the experts recommended at the time,” he did not address whether he still believes, for example, that “[m]any homosexuals demand the right to kill themselves with the AIDS virus and to kill others by infecting them.”
He did, however, say that he still believes “the real problem in homosexuality is the promiscuity,” which is the means by which “homosexuals” will help America commit “national suicide.”
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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