Why Aren’t We Being Warned?
(Update V (2017): New Study (CDC): Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12.)
(Update V (2017): New Study (CDC): Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12.)
My wife and I have recently been watching a lot of DVDs. (With four children under nine-years-old, we don’t get out to movie theatres often.) Many of the newer DVDs we’ve recently seen have a common anti-smoking ad at the beginning. (See it here.) The ad portrays cigarette companies as deceptive: “They tell you tough, hard-working people smoke their cigarettes; that you’ll look cool, hip, rebellious; that smoking makes you independent, beautiful, and mysterious.” The ad concludes with a dilapidated-looking man in a wheelchair with several tubes coming out of him, laboriously declaring, “But the reality is that you could end up looking like this.” It is rather powerful.
We’ve been hearing about the dangers of tobacco for decades, while, during the same period, tobacco companies have been strictly limited in the forms of marketing they may use to peddle their product. Cigarette ads on radio and television have been banned in the
since 1971. Likewise, on-air smokeless tobacco ads have been banned in the U.S. since 1986. In 1965 Congress enacted the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act, which required tobacco companies to carry warnings on their cigarette packaging. U.S.
Last June, President Obama, a smoker, signed into law The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The law requires new warnings on tobacco products. It bans the use of “light” and “ultra-light” cigarettes, along with banning flavored cigarettes, except for menthol. The bill also requires print tobacco advertisements to consist of black text on a white background; the use of color is prohibited except under very limited circumstances. Certainly, we’ve all gotten the message: tobacco is very, very bad for us, and the government is here to protect us.
Since almost certainly the government will remain silent on the matter, let me tell you about another activity which is also exceptionally dangerous. Among other horrific things, this activity leads to:
- A twenty-five to thirty-year decrease in life expectancy.
- Chronic, potentially fatal, liver disease—infectious hepatitis, which increases the risk of liver cancer.
- Inevitably fatal immune disease including associated cancers.
- Frequently fatal rectal cancer.
- Multiple bowel and other infectious diseases.
- A much higher than usual incidence of suicide.
According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men account for more than 60 percent of all syphilis cases, and more than 82 percent of all known sexually-transmitted AIDS cases in 2006 were the result of male-to-male sexual contact. During its 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, the CDC revealed that the rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women. Also, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.
According to Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, “While the heavy toll of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men has been long recognized, this analysis shows just how stark the health disparities are between this and other populations.”
Also occurring at a much higher rate among MSM are gonorrhea, various forms of hepatitis, and anal and genital warts. What’s more, in 2007 the Los Angeles Times reported the frequency of methamphetamine use is 20 times greater among MSM than in the general population.
Of course, it is not the homosexuality itself which leads to such severe diseases. It is the typical behavior (such as meth use) of homosexuals, again, especially male homosexuals, which places them in such danger. As Dr. Satinover puts it, “the typical homosexual lifestyle—especially among males—differs dramatically from American averages.” According to Dr. Satinover, there are two major risk factors that contribute to the disproportionately greater incidence of non-AIDS disease among (male) homosexuals: promiscuity and anal intercourse.
Multiple surveys and studies paint an extremely promiscuous lifestyle for the typical homosexual (again, especially male). A 1996 survey of homosexuals revealed that 42% had sex with more than 100 different partners and 16% claim between 40 and 100 partners. A University of Chicago study released in 2003 found that 61 percent of homosexual men in
's Shoreland area had had more than 30 sexual partners. In September of 2006, the Agape Press reported that “A survey by The Advocate, a homosexual magazine, revealed that promiscuity is a reality among homosexuals. The poll found that 20 percent of homosexuals said they had had 51-300 different sex partners in their lifetime, with an additional 8 percent having had more than 300.” Chicago
According to many who have studied and observed (whether first-hand or not) the homosexual lifestyle, another essential feature of the male homosexual is anal intercourse. One researcher referred to it as the “sine qua non of sex for many gay men.” A 1994 survey noted that among gay and bisexual men, 76% of the survey respondents had experienced insertive anal intercourse and 82% receptive. Also, in February of this year, the international AIDS charity AVERT reported on a British study that revealed that about 70% of homosexual men have had anal sex.
Anal intercourse, as Satinover points out, traumatizes the soft tissues of the rectal lining. “These tissues are meant to accommodate the relatively soft fecal mass…and are nowhere near as sturdy as vaginal tissues. As a consequence, the lining of the rectum is almost always traumatized to some degree by any act of anal intercourse. Even in the absence of major trauma, minor or microscopic tears in the rectal lining allow for immediate contamination and the entry of germs into the bloodstream.” According to the CDC, “The risk of HIV transmission through receptive anal sex is much greater than the risk of transmission via other sexual activities.”
As I noted at the beginning of this, for decades we have been warned about the dangers of tobacco use—especially smoking. There has been a coordinated campaign by activists and like minded politicians to inform us all when it comes to the risks of tobacco use. This has been especially true with adolescents. Schools have been heavily involved in the crusade against “big tobacco.”
A large part of the campaign against tobacco has involved informing (or scaring) us about the physical dangers of tobacco use. According to the CDC, smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times; stroke by 2 to 4 times; men developing lung cancer by 23 times; and women developing lung cancer by 13 times.
Yet, as I also noted above, most of these numbers pale in comparison to the increased risks of dangerous STDs that result from homosexual behavior. What’s more, the World Health Organization places sexually transmitted diseases fifth on its list of leading causes of preventable deaths worldwide (resulting in 3 million deaths). Smoking tobacco is second, resulting in 5 million deaths. But where is the educational, pro-health campaign when it comes to homosexuality? Why aren’t young people warned of the dangers of such behavior? Where are the billboards, the moving TV ads, and the
Hollywood testimonials? Where are the laws to protect us?
Along with the federal laws mentioned above, state legislatures, city councils, and county commissions across the country have enacted significant bans on public smoking. Some ban indoor smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants. Many places have enacted outdoor bans as well.
According to the Associated Press, as recently as 1960 every state had an anti-sodomy law, which essentially made most male homosexual activity illegal. (Sodomy has been broadly defined as a sexual “crime against nature,” but can strictly refer to only anal sex.) By 2003, in the name of “individual liberty,” 37 states had their statutes repealed by legislatures or blocked by the courts. In November of 2003 the Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 ruling, overturned the
sodomy law, and therefore invalidated similar laws in the 12 states that still had them on their books. Texas
Most of these laws had religious motivations; however, as has been demonstrated, just as with smoking, there are significant health reasons for banning such behavior, especially anal sex, whether it involves homosexuals or heterosexuals.
Yet, in the effort to legitimize homosexuality, many Americans have been deceived. With almost the same fervor that has been behind the anti-tobacco campaign, a pro-homosexual campaign has been, and continues to be, waged in
. Politicians, America , and many in the media have been complicit in this effort. Whether it is reversing sodomy laws or seeking marital rights, for several decades homosexuals have fought, and in many cases won, legal battles across the Hollywood U.S.
However, none of this changes the facts behind homosexual behavior. The endeavor against tobacco and in favor of homosexuality is another example of scandalous liberal hypocrisy. The same kind of deception that many claim has been rampant within the tobacco companies (such as with the ad I mentioned in the opening paragraph), has been and continues to be a part of the pro-homosexual agenda. Americans, especially our young people, deserve the truth.
Update I: From apologist William Lane Craig and Dr. Thomas Schmidt's book, Straight and Narrow:
"To begin with, there is an almost compulsive promiscuity associated with homosexual behavior. 75% of homosexual men have more than 100 sexual partners during their lifetime. More than half of these partners are strangers. Only 8% of homosexual men and 7% of homosexual women ever have relationships lasting more than three years. Nobody knows the reason for this strange, obsessive promiscuity. It may be that homosexuals are trying to satisfy a deep psychological need by sexual encounters, and it just is not fulfilling. Male homosexuals average over 20 partners a year. According to Dr. Schmidt,
The number of homosexual men who experience anything like lifelong fidelity becomes, statistically speaking, almost meaningless. Promiscuity among homosexual men is not a mere stereotype, and it is not merely the majority experience—it is virtually the only experience. Lifelong faithfulness is almost non-existent in the homosexual experience.
"Moreover, according to Schmidt, 'There is overwhelming evidence that certain mental disorders occur with much higher frequency among homosexuals.' For example, 40% of homosexual men have a history of major depression. That compares with only 3% for men in general. Similarly 37% of female homosexuals have a history of depression. This leads in turn to heightened suicide rates. Homosexuals are three times as likely to contemplate suicide as the general population. In fact homosexual men have an attempted suicide rate six times that of heterosexual men, and homosexual women attempt suicide twice as often as heterosexual women. Nor are depression and suicide the only problems. Studies show that homosexuals are much more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexual men. Whatever the causes of these disorders, the fact remains that anyone contemplating a homosexual lifestyle should have no illusions about what he is getting into.
"Another well-kept secret is how physically dangerous homosexual behavior is. I’m not going to describe the kinds of sexual activity practiced by homosexuals, but just let me say that our bodies, male and female, are designed for sexual intercourse in a way that two male bodies are not. As a result, homosexual activity, 80% of which is carried out by men, is very destructive, resulting eventually in such problems as prostate damage, ulcers and ruptures, and chronic incontinence and diarrhea.
"In addition to these physical problems, sexually transmitted diseases are rampant among the homosexual population. 75% of homosexual men carry one or more sexually transmitted diseases, wholly apart from AIDS. These include all sorts of non-viral infections like gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial infections, and parasites. Also common among homosexuals are viral infections like herpes and hepatitis B (which afflicts 65% of homosexual men), both of which are incurable, as well as hepatitis A and anal warts, which afflict 40% of homosexual men. And I haven’t even included AIDS. Perhaps the most shocking and frightening statistic is that, leaving aside those who die from AIDS, the life expectancy for a homosexual male is about 45 years of age. That compares to a life expectancy of around 70 for men in general. If you include those who die of AIDS, which now infects 30% of homosexual men, the life expectancy drops to 39 years of age."
Update II: Sobering data from the Canadian health care system:
- Life expectancy of gay/bisexual men in Canada is 20 years less than the average; that is 55 years.
- GLB people commit suicide at rates from 2 to 13.9 times more often than average.
- GLB people have smoking rates 1.3 to 3 times higher than average.
- GLB people have rates of alcoholism 1.4 to 7 times higher than average.
- GLB people have rates of illicit drug use 1.6 to 19 times higher than average.
- GLB people show rates of depression 1.8 to 3 times higher than average.
- Gay and bisexual men (MSM) comprise 76.1% of AIDS cases.
- Gay and bisexual men (MSM) comprise 54% of new HIV infections each year.
- If one uses Statistics Canada figure of 1.7% of GLB becoming infected, that is 26 times higher than average.
- GLB people are at a higher risk for anal cancers.
Update III: This is nearly 10 years old, but worth noting: A study of "married" homosexual couples in Norway and Denmark--where same-sex "marriage" has long been legal--revealed that homosexual couples on average live about 24 years less than heterosexual couples. "On average, in Norway and Denmark – where same-sex marriage is legal – married lesbians lived to age 56 and married gay men to age 52," said Dr. Paul Cameron of the Colorado-based think tank Family Research Institute, in a press statement.
Update IV: According to Reuters, "For the first time since its launch in 1957, the National Health Interview Survey in 2013 and 2014 included a question about sexual orientation." Among many other things, the report reveals that there are "substantial health disparities for LGB adults in the United States." These "health disparities" include the facts that those engaging in homosexual behavior "were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use."
Sadly, and foolishly, the researchers here make no effort to determine the reasons for these health disparities. With no science to back their conclusions, they merely declare that the revealed health disparities exist "potentially due to the stressors that LGB people experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination." Also, foolishly, the survey did not ask about sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). The health outcomes examined were "chronic conditions (cancer, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, hepatitis, and weak or failing kidneys."
Of course, as the research above "Update IV" reveals, homosexuals have "health disparities" because of their dangerous (and sinful) sexual behaviors. Additionally, once one abandons the eternal moral absolutes given by our Creator in the sexual realm, it becomes easier to abandon other moral absolutes. Thus the rampant drinking, smoking, and drug use among those engaging in homosexuality. Or, as is often speculated, homosexuals seek to numb themselves through drug and alcohol abuse in order to rid themselves of any guilt they feel due to their sinful behaviors. Of course, what those corrupted by a liberal worldview would have us do is lie and stop calling homosexuality sin.
Lastly, why would anything calling itself the "National Health Interview Survey" take so long (nearly 60 years!) to survey the health of homosexuals?! (Maybe they were afraid of what the answers would reveal?) And then when finally asking about the health of homosexuals, why would you NOT ask about STDs?!
Update V: Recent Study Reveals Significant Health Disparities for Homosexual Teens:
A recent (and first of its kind) study verifies again what many Christians have long warned about the homosexual lifestyle. Published in August of 2016 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the study—Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12—looked at a wide variety of risky behaviors among U.S. high school students.
The study monitored six categories of “priority health-related behaviors among youth and young adults: 1.) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; 2.) tobacco use; 3.) alcohol and other drug use; 4.) sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; 5.) unhealthy dietary behaviors; 6.) physical inactivity.”
The study used two questions to measure a student’s sexual status: “Which of the following best describes you?” The response options were, “heterosexual (straight),” “gay or lesbian,” “bisexual,” and “not sure.” The sexual activity of students surveyed was determined by asking: “During your life, with whom have you had sexual contact?” The response options were, “I have never had sexual contact,” “females,” “males,” and “females and males.” In analyzing the results, researchers grouped students who identified as “gay or lesbian” and “bisexual” into the same group (which I will describe here as: “teenagers (or students) engaging in homosexual activity”).
In almost every instance, the risky behavior measured—especially behaviors that are often linked to a moral decision—was much more prevalent among teenagers engaging in homosexual activity. In addition, and unsurprisingly, those students with the healthiest outcomes were those who refrained from sexual activity. In most of the risky behaviors measured, the outcomes are not even close.
For example, students engaging in homosexual activity were about three times more likely to feel “sad or hopeless” than students who had no sexual contact. In addition, students engaging in homosexual activity were nearly four times more likely to have seriously considered attempting suicide than students who had no sexual contact, and they were six-and-a-half times more likely to have actually attempted suicide.
Comparing the same two groups (students engaging in homosexual activity vs. students with no sexual contact), students engaging in homosexual activity were:
- Eight times more likely to smoke
- 47 times more likely to smoke frequently (20 or more cigarettes in the month prior to the survey)
- Nearly 3 times as likely to have tried alcohol prior to age 13
- Three-and-a-half times as likely to be currently using alcohol
- More than 11 times as likely to binge drink (10 or more drinks in a row)
- Nearly six times as likely to be currently using marijuana
- More than 16 times as likely ever to have used hallucinogenic drugs
- More than 18 times as likely ever to have used cocaine
- 30 times as likely ever to have used heroin
- And 23 times as likely ever to have used methamphetamines
- Five times more likely to smoke
- Nearly 17 times more likely to smoke frequently (20 or more cigarettes in the month prior to the survey)
- Nearly twice as likely to have tried alcohol prior to age 13
- Three times as likely to be currently using alcohol
- More than nine times as likely to binge drink (10 or more drinks in a row)
- More than four times as likely to be currently using marijuana
- Nearly nine times as likely ever to have used hallucinogenic drugs
- Nine times as likely ever to have used cocaine
- More than seven times as likely ever to have used heroin
- And seven times as likely ever to have used methamphetamines
Read more: http://www.trevorgrantthomas.com/2017/01/recent-study-reveals-significant-health.html
Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
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