During Americans For Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour, AFTAH president Peter LaBarbera repeated his charge that the government should close gay bath houses because he believes that gay sex itself, not unprotected sex, causes AIDS. He even claimed that the gay community is exploiting the AIDS crisis, arguing that “the AIDS crisis became a means by which to grow gay power.” LaBarbera was joined by new AFTAH board member John McCartney, who is an activist with the group Heterosexuals Organizing for a Moral Environment, which believes that sexual abuse causes homosexuality and that Freemason rituals include “homosexual orgies.” McCartney told LaBarbera that gays and lesbians are using the AIDS crisis to “be able to go into the schools and teach and celebrate the behavior that causes AIDS”:
McCartney: You’re underrating the gay activists. Here we had this terrible plague of AIDS and they turned it around to be able to go into the schools and teach and celebrate the behavior that causes AIDS.
LaBarbera: That is amazing. The AIDS crisis became a means by which to grow gay power in the culture. Recently they just had an AIDS convention here in Chicago, it’s a huge industry. It’s amazing how the CDC, for example, they crusade against homophobia, they don’t close down the bath houses. Why aren’t the bath houses closed if we’re serious in this culture about shutting down HIV?