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On the moral compassion of social justice

[From CNN]

It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.

People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint. -Penn Jillette

Bonus: Here is a great interview of Penn by the CATO Institute:

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Health Risks of the Homosexual Lifestyle

A lot of effort has gone into making the homosexual lifestyle appear normal. And because of that little, if any, information is given about the real health risks homosexuals face. These risks fall into several categories.

Levels of Promiscuity

Gay author Gabriel Rotello notes the perspective of many gays that “Gay liberation was founded . . . on a ‘sexual brotherhood of promiscuity,’ and any abandonment of that promiscuity would amount to a ‘communal betrayal of gargantuan proportions.’” Rotello’s perception of gay promiscuity, which he criticizes, is consistent with survey results. A far-ranging study of homosexual men published in 1978 revealed that 75 percent of self-identified, white, gay men admitted to having sex with more than 100 different males in their lifetime: 15 percent claimed 100-249 sex partners; 17 percent claimed 250- 499; 15 percent claimed 500-999; and 28 percent claimed more than 1,000 lifetime male sex partners. By 1984, after the AIDS epidemic had taken hold, homosexual men were reportedly curtailing promiscuity, but not by much. Instead of more than 6 partners per month in 1982, the average non-monogamous respondent in San Francisco reported having about 4 partners per month in 1984.

There are a whole lot more statistics and studies cited in the page linked to above. The bottom line is that promiscuity is not only statistically significant among homosexuals but it is encouraged and considered a cherished point of pride among the LGBT community.

Oh, and lest you think the data above only applies to men,

an Australian study found that 93 percent of lesbians reported having had sex with men, and lesbians were 4.5 times more likely than heterosexual women to have had more than 50 lifetime male sex partners. Any degree of sexual promiscuity carries the risk of contracting STDs.

Physical Health

Unhealthy sexual behaviors occur among both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Yet the medical and social science evidence indicate that homosexual behavior is uniformly unhealthy. Although both male and female homosexual practices lead to increases in Sexually Transmitted Diseases, the practices and diseases are sufficiently different that they merit separate discussion.

The rest is pretty graphic and detailed, but it needs to be to convey the real physical health risks incurred through both male and female same-sex acts. It is helpful to also note that even if a heterosexual were as promiscuous as a homosexual they would still enjoy the meager protections offered by acting in accord with their body’s biological design.

Common sexual practices among gay men lead to numerous STDs and physical injuries, some of which are virtually unknown in the heterosexual population. Lesbians are also at higher risk for STDs. In addition to diseases that may be transmitted during lesbian sex, a study at an Australian STD clinic found that lesbians were three to four times more likely than heterosexual women to have sex with men who were high-risk for HIV.

Mental Health

Multiple studies have identified high rates of psychiatric illness, including depression, drug abuse and suicide attempts, among selfprofessed gays and lesbians. Some proponents of GLB rights have used these findings to conclude that mental illness is induced by other people’s unwillingness to accept same-sex attraction and behavior as normal. They point to homophobia, effectively defined as any opposition to or critique of gay sex, as the cause for the higher rates of psychiatric illness, especially among gay youth. Although homophobia must be considered as a potential cause for the increase in mental health problems, the medical literature suggests other conclusions.

An extensive study in the Netherlands undermines the assumption that homophobia is the cause of increased psychiatric illness among gays and lesbians. The Dutch have been considerably more accepting of same-sex relationships than other Western countries — in fact, same-sex couples now have the legal right to marry in the Netherlands. So a high rate of psychiatric disease associated with homosexual behavior in the Netherlands means that the psychiatric disease cannot so easily be attributed to social rejection and homophobia.

Life span

The only epidemiological study to date on the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy.

There are actually at least two studies (Cameron and Hogg) that both use multiple data sources and methods. Both of them show a drastic reduction of life expectancy for those partaking of the homosexual lifestyle.

Monogamy

Monogamy, meaning long-term sexual fidelity, is rare in GLB relationships, particularly among gay men. One study reported that 66 percent of gay couples reported sex outside the relationship within the first year, and nearly 90 percent if the relationship lasted five years.

Monogamy is a dirty word among homosexuals. That’s not too surprising considering the lifestyle is inherently opposed to biological design and as such is wholly incompatible with the natural family structure.

Conclusion

There are vast differences between homosexuality and heterosexuality. The chief of which is adherence to basic biological design. By not conforming to biological design, the homosexual lifestyle carries with it devastating health risks. GLBT activists and supporters talk about love and compassion all the time. Based on the evidence, it would appear that the most loving and compassionate thing would be forthright and honest about the real and present danger homosexuality poses.

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Obamacare costs lives

The self-styled Southern Baptist watchdog site BaptistPlanet posted recently about the impact of repealing healthcare. Specifically, the site author attempts to paint Richard Land, the SBC’s chief lobbyist, as evil for putting policies and partisan politics above human life.

Even the title of the post, “The cost in lives of Richard Land’s health reform repeal”, is meant to imply that the healthcare reform pill recently shoved down Americans’ throats designed to treat America’s healthcare woes has no negative side effects.

Since many people share the same delusion that BaptistPlanet apparently does, I’d like to provide “the other side of the story”. Yes,

It is a fact that Obamacare has caused huge hikes in premiums. We are well aware now that Obama was lying to everyone when he said that if we liked our current healthcare plans we could keep them.

In fact, the children Obamacare was supposed to cover were left high.

Now about the myth that “lack of health insurance kills”.

The truth is that health insurance was given to us as a result of free market forces as recently as the 1940s. So it is funny that socialists like Obama and apparently BaptistPlanet seem to think that that health insurance has magically become a right in the span of only 60 years.

And as for the 45,000 people said to have died because they lacked insurance.

First we need to be honest and say that many of the uninsured in America are so by choice. Like I and my family were for years. When we wanted medical care, I got it.

Secondly, Obamacare is modeled after socialist plans like the British National Health Services. And if socialized medicine is as awesome as BaptistPlanet seems to think it is, we would expect to hear nothing but rave reviews from the British people. Right?

The truth is that socialized medicine has been shown to degrade medical care across the board because instead of the free market (or limited as our case is thanks to lawmakers) deciding your healthcare options, a centralized planning commission

The problem of scarcity plagues all systems, including government run ones. So the argument that a “lack” of a something kills someone is really just an admission that the one posing the argument understands next to nothing about economics.

According to Obama, if you are too old to make the death panels, I mean healthcare commissioners care about saving your life, you can just take a pill.

Compassion. Yeah, that’s what socialized medicine is all about.

In fact, socialized medicine is so awesome that Canadian citizens and officials regularly take medical vacations to the US to partake of our broken system.

I suppose they are just reminding themselves how great they have it back home where it is easier to get a sex change operation than life-saving bladder surgery.

Actually, the truth is that many Canadians have decided that socialized medicine isn’t the holy grail it was supposed to be. Sadly, however, it is well evidenced that once social programs, especially ones as large as socialized medical care, are implemented, repealing them is next to impossible.1

So the next time you encounter someone like BaptistPlanet who is apparently suffering from the delusion that socialized medical care is only good and contains no negative side effects, be sure to offer them the red pill of reality. Even if they refuse to take it (hey, its a free world, right?) at least they will know that not everyone shares their insanity.

  1. That’s an all-around big government problem. You rarely see citizens rioting because they didn’t work hard and therefore have less, what you find are people rioting because they are lazy and want the state to provide for them. []
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