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COVER STORY: Who remembers the victims of communism?

HUMAN RIGHTS: Canberra's silence about Chinese organ-harvesting

EDITORIAL: Trade talks: Australia still 'flogging a dead horse'

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard's action on Aborigines long overdue

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Saving Howard's bacon / What Arabs and Jews need most / Tony Blair's legacy

SPECIAL FEATURE: Keeping Australia a great nation

RELIGION: Call to reform and modernise Islam

CHINA: Will capitalism prop up or undermine communism?

INTERNET: Risks in personal Web pages

MEDICAL: Homosexual activists attack medical profession

CLIMATE CHANGE: Scientists now warn of global cooling

Why housing is too dear(letter)

Value of the 'food-bowl' rail route (letter)

Dams needed, not desalination plants (letter)

Kevin Rudd's insult to stay-at-home wives (letter)

CINEMA: The gentle art of making enemies - As It Is in Heaven

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Homosexual activists attack medical profession

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, July 7, 2007
Homosexual and left-wing organisations in the US are opposing President Bush's nomination for the post of Surgeon-General. Babette Francis reports.

The happy media picture of lesbian "mothers" welcoming the Victorian Law Reform Commission recommendations on IVF and adoption rights for homosexuals mask the militancy of the homosexual movement.

In the United States, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other homosexual and left-wing organisations have voiced strong objections to President George W. Bush's nomination of Dr James Holsinger for the post of Surgeon-General.

Dr Holsinger, who previously served as Kentucky's health secretary and was chancellor of the University of Kentucky's medical center, has come under fire from liberal activists for a 1991 paper he wrote, entitled "The Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality".

The study - an overview of peer-reviewed studies - demonstrated that, from a medical standpoint, homosexual behaviours such as anal sex are physically dangerous as well as unnatural, run entirely counter to natural human biological design and "have resulted in a diverse and expanded concept of sexually-transmitted disease and associated trauma".


The homosexual lobby has expressed outrage that a doctor who warned of the physical dangers associated with homosexual activity would be considered for the post of Surgeon-General.

Studies continue to show, however, the grave health risks of homosexual activity. A report in the February 2007 issue of the International Journal of STD & AIDS found that "HIV-positive men who have sex with men are up to 90 times more likely than the general population to develop anal cancer".

A 2005 Canadian study (by a pro-homosexual research team) in Psychological Reports confirmed earlier findings that homosexual men have on average a 20-year shortened life span. "Under even the most liberal assumptions, gay and bisexual men are now experiencing a life expectancy similar to that experienced by all men in Canada in the year 1871," said the authors.

Homosexual activists are lobbying for words such as "natural family", "marriage" and "union of a man and a woman" to be punished as "hate speech" in government workplaces, according to a lawsuit being appealed to the US Supreme Court. Briefs for Good News Employee Association vs. Hicks, filed on June 5, lists District of Columbia school board president, Robert C. Bobb, as one of two plaintiffs.

Another example of bigotry is the anger directed by homosexual activists at ex-gays and those who try to help homosexuals change their sexual orientation. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) said Dr Holsinger's nomination was attacked because his church is inclusive of ex-gays and he supports the right to self-determination regarding sexual orientation. Homosexual activists display almost hysterical condemnation of the idea that a homosexual might like to change his/her orientation to heterosexual.

Homosexual activists are also targeting the US Food & Drug Administration for renewing its 1983 policy that homosexual men cannot donate blood due to the high-risk nature of living an active homosexual lifestyle.

"If a man has sex with a high-risk woman, he's allowed back into the donation pool after 12 months," complained Joel Ginsberg, the executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. "If he has safe sex with another man, he's banned for life."

The FDA stated that it will, for medical reasons, continue to uphold its ban on men who live, or have lived, an active homosexual life from donating blood. The ban is in place because "a history of male-to-male sex is associated with an increased risk for the presence of and transmission of certain infectious diseases, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS".

The FDA policy relating to homosexual men is unique in its severity. While there is a list of criteria by which a donor may be deferred (such as visiting particular African countries), such bans usually expire after a certain period of time. The ban on homosexual men, however, applies to any man who has ever had sex with another man, even once, subsequent to 1977.

Recognising that homosexual activists are on the watch for signs of discrimination, the FDA responded in its updated policy:

"Surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that men who have sex with men … have an HIV prevalence that is at present over 15-fold higher than the general population, and over 2000-fold higher than current repeat blood-donors (i.e., those who have been negatively screened and tested) in the USA."

Added to disease risks and lower life-expectancy is the greater likelihood of homosexual relationships breaking up. In the US there have been poignant court battles between the non-biological lesbian "mothers" of children and the genetic/birth mothers in regard to custody and visitation rights.

Do we really want to see such heartbreak in Australia?

- Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), is national co-ordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc.

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