Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tea Party Nation Blogger Defends His Pro-LGBT Bullying Article

This blog was one of the first to break the story of Dr. Rich Swier of Tea Party Nation's and his comments regarding LGBT bullying. Naturally, the LGBT community reacted to this heartless and harmful article, by pointing out its inaccuracy and its damaging message. Well, Dr. Swier is back, and with a "new rational" for his statements. In his own words, 
"I recently published a column where in I called for non-violent peer pressure to stop unhealthy homosexual behavior. Well I got a rise, no pun intended, from the LGBT community. Gay activists lit up my Facebook page. That is good because that is just the community I wish to reach. 
The Florida Department of Health produced a report titled, "MAN UP: The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Florida's Men". The report states, "The report also seeks to encourage men to “man up” and take responsibility for the consequences of their sexual actions and other HIV risk behaviors, for the benefit of themselves and their partners." I fully agree. Time for us men to man up! 
But why and why now? Because all of the peer pressures we see in our schools, work places, communities and government are promoting bad behaviors over good behaviors in the name of "diversity" with terrible consequences. This is all in the name of tolerance. When tolerance is a one way street then we are facing cultural suicide. It is time to man up. It is time for both men and women to take responsibility for our actions, especially those that are unhealthy and deadly. 
How do we man up? Non-violent peer pressure. It is time for men to take a stand against behaviors that harm themselves, their children, families, communities and our society. Among these is under aged sex, drug abuse, under aged drinking, and homosexuality."
      He then continues in his "logical analysis" saying that homosexuality and homosexual conduct is inherently bad for society because gay men have the highest rates of HIV transmission. He says, 
So, men, it is time to man up. A recent study of homosexuality by the Center for Disease Control found that only 1.4% of the population self-identifies as homosexual. So less than 1% of all males engage in this behavior. But here in Sarasota and in Florida men having sex with men accounts for 75.8% of HIV/AIDS cases. Get the picture? Less than one percent of all men are causing over 75% of HIV/AIDS cases.
Our youth are suffering by being exposed to a lifestyle and behaviors that are dangerous. Time for some loving non-violent peer pressure from class mates, fathers, mothers, friends, extended family, co-workers, and the community at large. Government cannot solve this problem, only you and I can
      Dr. Swier, if he can even be called that, is making quite a logical leap in assuming that correlation = causation. Just because HIV rates are high in the gay community does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with homosexual conduct. I can say this with certainty, because there are many monogamous gay couples who are HIV and STI free. It is actually more correct to assert that these high rates are because of a lack of proper usage of condoms and other protection methods when these gay men have sex. Using his logic, I could just as well say that heterosexual sex is bad because that is the prime way that HIV/AIDS is being spread in Sub-Saharan Africa. But anyone with a brain knows that that is not the reason why there is an HIV epidemic on that continent. 


      The problem with Dr. Swiers whole approach, and one that LGBT activists rightfully pointed out, is that he thinks that "the gay" can be coerced out of someone by the family and friends. To him it doesn't matter that all medical and psychiatric organizations repudiate such an idea and assert that it actually causes more emotional and psychological harm; for instead he has to fit human sexuality into his tiny box of "normalcy" and Right-wing ideology. Dr. Swier may claim to care about LGBT children and their well being, but his words prove otherwise. 
 

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