Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Nonsense Arguments You're Up Against

From the mind of former Philippine Ambassador to Italy, Jose V. Ramero, Jr., Ph.D., comes this sorry op-ed I happened to stumble across online this morning.  It's an elderly rant on same-sex marriage, ominously entitled "A Dangerous Social Experiment."

The reason I'm including a link to it, is so that you can see the types of nonsense arguments you're up against in the struggle for equality.  They're trivial assertions that are easily dismantled and proven flat-out wrong by modern science, observation of countries which already have marriage equality, and rudimentary common sense.

I firmly believe that if you know the arguments of the anti-equality side inside and out, you'll be much better able to anticipate those arguments in a conversation or debate, and formulate coherent responses.  If you can do that, you will win every time.  Guaranteed.  The pro-equality team has logic on its side; the haters don't.  Mr. Ramero's op-ed is proof of that.

If you're so inclined (and if you can keep from smashing your computer screen while reading the ignorant things Mr. Ramero has to say on the topic), I invite you to read the piece, if for no other reason than to peer into the mind of an older Filipino man who seems to be losing precious elderly sleep over the issue of same-sex marriage.

And so, bon app├ętitA Dangerous Social Experiment.

I won't counter every argument posed by Ramero, as I've covered them before in previous posts, aside from one.  The AIDS epidemic has not "been traced to homosexual coupling."  No.  Molecular phylogenetics shows us that HIV emerged in West Central Africa, most likely in the 1920s or '30s, and was passed from chimpanzee to human during so-called bushmeat hunts.

This had nothing to do with "homosexual coupling" or any type of coupling for that matter.  Chimpanzee blood infected with SIV (the non-human primate variant of HIV) entered into open cuts of the men who were hunting them or butchering the meat.  The virus then spread from there, mainly via unprotected heterosexual sex, and began to travel out of Africa to most major population centers in other parts of the world in the late 1950s and through the '60s.

HIV/AIDS is traced to non-sexual, chimpanzee-human transmission, and was subsequently spread via unprotected sex (both straight and gay) throughout human populations which were intermingling as never before at the advent of worldwide air travel.


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