Big Science More Concerned About Stigma than Health
Take your pick: shame or death.
Which do you think is worse?
Big Science and Big Media are acting odd. They seem overly cautious about not offending a group that routinely commits sexual perversions, when warning them might prevent them getting sick, and telling the truth to the public might stop a serious epidemic. Oh, but the stigma!
Monkeypox has been in the news a lot this summer. As the following articles will show, it is spread primarily by homosexual men. “Most people infected with monkeypox recover without treatment,” one of the articles says, “but it can cause more severe symptoms like brain inflammation and in rare cases, death.”
Don’t you think the individuals most at risk for engaging in behaviors that spread monkeypox should know this? The truth doesn’t have to sound puritanical, but it surely seems the most loving thing to say. One could just state the facts dispassionately to groups engaging in this behavior, saying, “This disease is primarily spread in bodily fluids during homosexual activity, and carries with it a risk of long-term health problems or even death.” A public service announcement might state, “Monkeypox is primarily a sexually-transmitted disease among homosexual and bisexual individuals. It poses almost no risk to monogamous heterosexual married couples.”
Why are Big Science, Big Media and the World Health Organization determined to shield the public from the truth more than they appear to be concerned about protecting them from the virus? Andy Schlafly at WND (2 Aug 2022) claimed that health officials care more about renaming monkeypox than stopping it, because of “potentially devastating and stigmatizing effects” of the name monkeypox.
How does monkeypox spread? What scientists know (Nature, 15 Aug 2022). Max Kazlov’s report begins, “Prolonged contact, especially with a person’s skin lesions, is emerging as the top transmission route.” While that is true, it is a half-truth. The “prolonged contact” spoken of is primarily homosexual contact with an infected male.
Although some women and children have been infected since May, most cases have so far occurred in men who have sex with men (MSM), especially those with multiple sexual partners or who have anonymous sex. The virus has probably been taking advantage of dense sexual networks in the MSM community to spread efficiently, Mitjà says.
Health officials have not been able to trace infection to respiratory droplets. But they know that skin lesions are “teeming with virus,” the article says. The virus has also been found in semen. Notice the quirky use of “person” and “individual” instead of male or man in the following quote. Is this an accommodation to the trans community?
Whether monkeypox is sexually transmitted in absolute terms — passed from one person to another through blood, semen or other bodily fluids during sex — is still unclear. But several studies have found that DNA from the monkeypox virus is present in a person’s semen for weeks after they become infected. One study also isolated infectious virus from a single individual’s semen six days after their symptoms appeared.
Kazlov’s report says that transmission that has been traced to a couple of risky behaviors that need not be mentioned here, but have long been considered perverted sexual behaviors by society. Neither, clearly, has anything to do with reproduction. The article does state that “it’s crucial that public-health officials don’t shy away from talking about sex in their guidance and are explicit about the types of protection available.”
EXPLAINER: Can the spread of monkeypox be stopped? (Medical Xpress, 10 Aug 2022). Maria Cheng answers common questions about monkeypox and how its spread can be curtailed. Between May and August, she reports, about 31,000 cases have been reported in 90 countries. Both the USA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared the disease an emergency.
WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he declared monkeypox an emergency in part to prompt countries to take the epidemic seriously, saying there is still an opportunity to contain the disease before it becomes a global problem.
But is it an emergency to people who abstain from perverted sex? “Outside of Africa, 98% of cases are in men who have sex with men,” Cheng says. So while the risk to non-homosexual men is low, it is not zero. The way to stop the spread, though, seems obvious:
Except for Africa, there is no sign of sustained monkeypox transmission beyond men who have sex with men, meaning that stopping spread among that group could effectively end the outbreak.
Wouldn’t that be the wisest strategy, rather than scaring the public? And yet Cheng repeats the possibility that the virus might be spread by respiratory droplets or by contact with clothing of an infected individual, without offering evidence that has happened. The facts are clear where outbreaks have occurred:
A large percentage of cases have been in gay and bisexual men. The initial outbreaks in Europe and North America were likely triggered by sex at two raves in Spain and Belgium.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99% of monkeypox cases in the U.S. are men. Of those, 94% reported sexual contact with other men in the three weeks before they developed symptoms.
If this were a wildfire, stopping the hottest spots would be the right strategy, and 94% to 99% containment would be considered a great success. There are always a few burning embers to attend to afterwards. So why not concentrate all efforts at stopping the behavior that spreads the virus? Cheng seems more concerned about getting vaccines to countries quickly. This is like sending clean needles to addicts on the belief that they are going to inject heroin anyway.
Cheng then repeats a common myth that heterosexuals might become at risk to monkeypox, just like some heterosexuals got HIV after that virus “spread” to outside the homosexual community. She fails to mention that there was essentially zero risk to faithful monogamous heterosexual couples, and the same is true today.
The longer the current outbreaks continue, the greater the chances the virus could spread in other communities, similar to how HIV was first spotted in gay men before becoming established more widely.
“There is some crossover between the sexual networks of gay and bisexual men and networks of heterosexual people with high sexual activity, so it is possible we could see monkeypox more widely,” said Dr. Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at Britain’s University of East Anglia. “If that happens, we may have a much bigger problem.”
Notice the transmission route was mentioned only as a possibility. It would have to begin with homosexuals and then spread to heterosexuals who engage in perverted sex. Faithful monogamous couples have no worries. So why even scare those who are not at risk?
Why it’s important to tell people that monkeypox is predominately affecting gay and bisexual men (The Conversation, 14 Aug 2022). Kiffer George Card at Simon Fraser University believes in telling the truth about the spread.
As a social and behavioural epidemiologist working with marginalized populations, including gay and bisexual men, I believe it’s important that people know that sexual and gender minority men are the primary victims of this MPXV outbreak. I believe this knowledge will help us end the outbreak before it bridges into other communities.
He says that 90% of cases outside of Africa, where a different form of monkeypox is endemic, have been among homosexual men. “Very few cases are linked to community transmission,” he continues. So why has there been so much news coverage about this health emergency, if those at risk are clearly identifiable?
While these statistics are undisputed, some have feared that identifying sexual behaviour as the primary cause of current MPXV transmission would dampen the public health response. Others have warned that connecting MPXV to an already stigmatized community will worsen stigma towards gay sex.
Understand that Dr Card feels very strongly against stigmatizing marginalized groups, such as the “gay community.” But his own surveys about “hypothetical health programs” showed that most people care for what is good for the entire population, not just for groups. They favor what reduces death and promotes quality of life for everyone rather than a select few, except when told that the risk was for a particular group. His conclusion is that protecting the group at most risk of monkeypox protects everyone. Tell the truth, he says.
We should, of course, always be aware of the potential harms and the corrosive effects of stigma. However, in public health, honesty really is the best policy.
Treating monkeypox like an STI may help control the outbreak, but stigma is a danger (The Conversation, 16 Aug 2022). Santiago Perez Patrigeon is more worried about stigma than the previous scientist was. His reason becomes clear in the first paragraph:
The recent monkeypox global outbreak, now declared by the World Health Organization as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), is sadly yet another reason for society to stigmatize and discriminate against the LGTBQ2SA+ community. This is in part because it has been suggested that monkeypox is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
His use of the extended acronym “LGTBQ2SA+” is a giveaway that Patrigeon is writing to protect those engaging in perverted sex from shame. This is not about individual proclivities, but behaviors. If it were about mere proclivities and not behaviors, there would be no risk of contracting monkeypox. Those who identify with the acronym do so because they want to participate with others in the risky behaviors. And Patrigeon has a sense of horror that any of them should be ashamed of themselves.
Considering monkeypox as an STI seems logical in order to face the current outbreak, but the stigma and discrimination this could cause is a major problem. An infection acquired through sex is still something that causes guilt and fear of rejection by society. STIs are still viewed by many as a punishment for certain behaviours.
Who, do you think, he has in mind? Shame is like a firehose with no off switch; he wants to turn it around and shame the ones he thinks are shaming his preferred friends. Is he picturing folks who think sex is intended for faithful monogamy? Does he have in mind people who believe that sex is a gift of God created for reproduction and family, and who are appalled at the reckless profligacy of our hypersexualized culture that endorses any and every perversion? Does he have in mind the ones who preach that all people are sinners, but grace is free to those who repent and turn to God? Does he believe it’s perfectly fine to stigmatize those people?
The upshot of the view expressed by Patrigeon and by many others in the Big Science Media, who consider it a worse sin to “stigmatize” homosexuals than to tell them the truth, is to cause even more harm to the ones at most need of help.
Item: The current director of WHO is not a doctor. Before coming to WHO, he was a senior member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a violent Marxist political party in Ethiopia (Breitbart News, 21 Dec 2021). Read more about WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at WND (25 July 2022).
Many readers will remember the HIV “epidemic” in the 1980s. As Chen agrees, it “was first spotted” among homosexual men. For years afterward, it was homosexual men who were the primary carriers and spreaders. There were rare cases among people outside that high-risk group, such as the lady who got it from her dentist who didn’t reveal he was a homosexual male. She died from AIDS; I remember her agony she expressed to the few news sites that told her story. As she was dying from the incurable disease, she could not believe that her right to life was less important than the dentist’s right to privacy about his dangerous behavior. Some heterosexuals contracted it from bisexual men who hid their perversions from their wives. To this day, HIV is almost unheard of outside the community of homosexual and bisexual men who can bridge the transmission to heterosexual women contracting it (New York City Department of Health). It is not a risk for heterosexually monogamous couples in traditional marriage relationships.
What shocked many heterosexuals was the extreme efforts by health officials and the press to avoid stigmatizing homosexuals in any way. It was the beginning of a decades-long effort to exalt homosexuals to the high standing that the mainstream media gives them today, with whole-month Pride festivals, parades, and drag queen story hours as requirements for kindergarteners. The first inklings of that cultural turnover began back then. The greatest crime in society now, among some in the media, is to “stigmatize” members of the LGBTQ-whatever community. But like I said, the stigma has not stopped. It has only been turned around to those believing Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Big Science and Big Media are perfectly happy to stigmatize those people. How dare anyone believe that sexual perversion is not normal!*
This new “MSM” acronym is also a point worth questioning. There have been homosexuals throughout human history, but they were always called homosexuals. When you examine the term, it is not a stigmatizing word; it’s factual. What is this new term, “men who have sex with men”? The new convoluted six-syllable term started appearing in scientific journals only in the last couple of years or so. But its acronym is also appearing more frequently: MSM. That causes confusion with reporters who use the acronym to denote “mainstream media.”
Who are the cultural leaders who keep renaming terms, causing confusion? Why does everyone jump on their bandwagon? These changes come down the pipeline without warning, and nobody gets to vote on them. There’s a downside to such circumlocutions. When homosexuals insisted on being called “gay” it immediately tainted every reference to that happy word in the literature, like “Don we now our gay apparel.” Righteous heterosexual ladies named Gay suffered the stigma unfairly, as did all individuals with the surname Gay or Gaye. Remember, too, when medical authorities gave the name AIDS to the disease caused by the HIV virus? Every other use of the word aids became tainted: teacher’s aids, nurses’ aids, carpenters’ aids. Now we have “climate change” instead of man-caused global warming; undoubtedly you can think of other examples of sudden changes in terminology. This is so unfair, but the ones suffering from it are normal people just going about their lives. I don’t know how anyone can put a stop to the practice of sudden terminology changes that hidden “experts” or culture-movers are foisting on us, other than to point out that it’s happening. Here, we still call them homosexuals, not gay. And we have a preferred meaning for LGBT: “Let God be true, and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
*Lest any critic wish to accuse CEH of stigmatizing anyone, our stand is with the eternal Word of God. It teaches that all human beings are sinners in need of forgiveness. God does not rank sins; all sins are violations of his eternal righteous standards, whether gossip, pride or sins of behavior like homosexual activity and other kinds of lustful behaviors, as well as theft, violence and other overt or covert sins. We acknowledge that everyone struggles with sinful attitudes of one sort or another, even those who have received forgiveness in Christ. Some struggle with same-sex attraction or gender identity, and deserve patient and wise, loving instruction from God’s word. Others struggle with different bad habits, attitudes or behaviors. Coming to Christ brings forgiveness, but it begins a long and sometimes arduous process of growing toward Christlikeness. A Bible-believing church with wise counselors can help sinners on their particular journey toward righteous attitudes and behaviors. For those struggling with “LGBT” issues, we recommend Nancy Pearcey’s book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality. Pearcey also appears in this interview on YouTube discussing ideas in the book.