The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has now responded to the flurry of comments regarding his blog post from last week in which he declared that we should “impose the same sanctions on those who engage in homosexual behavior as we do on those who engage in intravenous drug abuse,” and force them into therapy.
In his follow-up post, entitled “Why Homosexual Behavior Should Be Against the Law,” Fischer declares:
I nowhere in my blog said we should lock homosexuals up in prison. What I said is that our public policy toward homosexual conduct should be the same as our public policy toward intravenous drug abuse.
My position is that homosexual behavior represents a severe threat to public health, and is even more dangerous to human health than intravenous drug abuse. Because of the health risks involved, curtailing homosexual behavior should be as much a public policy concern as curtailing intravenous drug abuse.
He then goes on to discuss FDA policies banning gay men and intrevenous drug users from donating blood and citing CDC stats regarding HIV in order to claims that “the neutral observer must conclude that homosexual behavior is extremely risky, dangerous and unhealthy, and represents an even greater risk to public health than intravenous drug abuse”:
It is obvious, then, from the information gained from the FDA and the CDC that homosexual behavior represents and enormous threat to public health. Quite simply, if intravenous drug use is against the law, homosexual behavior should be too. It’s a simple matter of common sense, sound public policy, and a concern for public health.
Now once we have agreed that we have a serious health problem on our hands here, the best public policy will contain the same kind of sanctions toward homosexual behavior that we have established toward intravenous drug abuse. Whatever we think we should do to curtail injection drug use are the same sorts of things we should pursue to curtail homosexual conduct. And that’s the place for the discussion to begin.
Of course, none of the points Fischer made citing the FDA or CDC would apply to lesbians, so does his call for “sanctions toward homosexual behavior” also apply toward women?
I, for one, am very much looking forward to Fischer’s inevitable follow-up post in which he lays out exactly the steps he expects the government to take in order to “curtail homosexual conduct.”