The Head Of Trump’s CDC Believes AIDS Was God Judgement Against Homosexuals

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Dr. Robert Redfield has held controversial opinions regarding AIDS throughout his lengthy career.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Direct Robert Redfield has come under increased scrutiny from inside and outside the Trump administration as the agency tackles an expanding coronavirus outbreak, Politico reported this week.

The news outlet noted that it was CDC’s decision to leave Americans on a cruise ship that would later become the top source of U.S. coronavirus cases, and the agency is also responsible for providing test kits for the virus to health labs — dozens of which are still waiting for theirs to arrive.

But Redfield faced scrutiny even as President Donald Trump installed him as chief of the CDC back in 2018, largely regarding his religious views and how they might impact his work at the agency, as well as concerns over Redfield’s lack of qualifications.

Laurie Garrett, a former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, noted in an op-ed for CNN at the time that “Redfield's early engagement with the AIDS epidemic in the US in the 1980s and 90s was controversial.”

Garrett explained: “As an Army major at Walter Reed Medical Institute, he designed policies for controlling the disease within the US military that involved placing infected personnel in quarantine and investigating their pasts to identify and track possible sexual partners. Soldiers were routinely discharged and left to die of AIDS, humiliated and jobless, often abandoned by their families.”

Redfield also worked closely with the Christian organization Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP) in the 1980s, she noted — a group which “maintained that AIDS was ‘God's judgment’ against homosexuals, spread in an America weakened by single-parent households and loss of family values.”

In his 1990 book, "Christians in the Age of AIDS," Redfield and his co-author W. Shepherd Smith, Jr. — who headed ASAP — “denounced distribution of sterile needles to drug users and condoms to sexually active adults, and described anti-discrimination programs as the efforts of ‘false prophets,’” Garrett wrote.

A couple of years later, Redfield and ASAP supported a House bill that would have subjected HIV positive individuals to “testing, loss of professional licenses and would have effectively quarantined them.”

Politico noted that Redfield was “panned by reproductive rights supporters and public health experts for advocating abstinence before marriage to stop HIV rather than tactics like providing free condoms” as Trump sought to place him at the head of the CDC.

Now, the agency is knee-deep in dealing with the coronavirus, and Redfield is not receiving rave reviews. Politico reported that inside the agency, “officials have complained that Redfield and CDC have been slow to resolve essential problems, like clarifying whether dozens of public health labs around the nation will soon have diagnostics capable of testing for coronavirus.”

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Comments (13)
babyowl53
babyowl53

What a dumb shit...pure and simple. HIV did not start with homosexuals, it came from West Africa. It has been identified in a type of chimpanzee in West Africa as the source of HIV infection in humans.

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babyowl53
babyowl53

This man needs to get educated. https://www.theaidsinstitute.org/node/259

Derek Williams
Derek Williams

A monogamous gay couple cannot possibly acquire AIDS, nor any other STI for that matter. So much for "God's punishment".

Children are sometimes born with the virus also, and many acquired the infection via blood transfusions, so what sin is God punishing them for?

While it's true that in the West, gay men are still responsible for most of the HIV propagation, LGBT activism has helped educate the wider public and thus stop the disease from migrating into the heterosexual majority, so far. However that is not true in the wider world. Of 33.3 million AIDS cases worldwide, 15.9 million are female, and 2.6 million children, so it's very clear that your heterosexuality will NOT protect you from HIV infection; only monogamy and safe sex will do that.

African Americans account for only 14% of the US population, yet they account for over 40% of HIV/AIDS infections. It therefore makes no more sense to say that someone should not be gay in order to avoid infection, than it would to say that one should not be black, so as to avoid HIV/AIDS infection. A monogamous same sex couple is at no greater risk of spreading or catching STI's like AIDS than a heterosexual monogamous couple. HIV/AIDS is an almost completely avoidable infection. The key is safe sex practice, monogamy - every reason to encourage gays to marry. Lesbians are at zero risk of HIV/AIDS, yet they are homosexuals too.

http://www.avert.org/global-hiv-aids-epidemic.htm

Me-Me99
Me-Me99

AIDS has nothing to do with being gay or not. Magic Johnson, Easy-E and many other straight individuals have contacted the virus. Viruses don't recognize sex...only a viable living host.

Nevadder
Nevadder

Two suggestions: I believe the headline should “God’s” and judgment is spelled thusly. You write for The Intellectualist?

philip42642
philip42642

“It will probably will not be long until the churches will divide as sharply upon political, as upon theological questions; and when that day comes, if there are not liberals enough to hold the balance of power, this Government will be destroyed. The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church. Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave. 1879”

― Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Mose

rickjames4409
rickjames4409

Nowhere in that article does it state that he believes AIDS was God judgement against homosexuals.

johnwynnetofino
johnwynnetofino

AIDS wasn't started by homosexuals, or by monkeys, it was started by Dr. Robert Gallo who injected green monkeys with the man made HIV
virus in Africa.

Yike$
Yike$

So if lots O' Retrumplicans contract Covid-19 from the oh-so-brilliant anti-scientist never-self-quarantiner congressdude Louie Gohmert will that be God's judgement on the Very Stable Genius party? No, come on, it's a mindless virus, dna in a shell. It doesn't discriminate.. We are alllll f'd...

I read one or two good things about the effects of this virus on Wuhan and Tehran, while the factories were shut down you could actually see the ground from a satellite. People also said they saw the mountains and the blue sky for the first time in a while.

Maybe Covid-19 is mother nature's punishment, or last gasp for air...


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