Smoking the Gay Dream – Wallace Knows the Facts


Jim Wallace, head of the Australian Christian Lobby is yet again showing just how out of touch with reality he is.

Wally, that fine example of everything that’s fucked about christianity has opened his mouth again.  He made this grand statement during a debate:

I think we’re going to owe smokers a big apology when the homosexual community’s own statistics for its health – which it presents when it wants more money for health – are that is has higher rates of drug-taking, of suicide, it has the life of a male reduced by up to 20 years

The first error should be obvious to all, he starts the sentence with I think.  I think that if he thinks then his thinking is somewhat faulty.  The second error is that the notion that somehow people who are gay have a reduced lifespan.  This often used phrase is based on a report that is well over 30 years old, dubious to start with, and given at the start of the AIDS epidemic.

The life of smokers is reduced by something like seven to 10 years and yet we tell all our kids at school they shouldn’t smoke.

Well yes, those that smoke may die early from a horrible cancer.  In what is often a long and drawn out process the smoker goes through many treatments that attempt to rid the body of the self-inflicted disease, we all support them and tell that we hope they get better, eventually they fall into a coma that my be medically induced, and starve to death because we can’t bring ourselves to knock them off earlier.

Whereas they young gay person may cut their lifespan because they’ve heard that they have a ‘lifestyle’ that means they should forever live in shame.  They will hear worlds like Wally’s saying how wrong it is.  They will hear him say:

We have to accept the unfortunate levels of suicide, the unfortunate levels of excessive drug use (are) because of the nature of the lifestyle.  I am very sorry for that. My heart goes out to those people. But it is a fact.

Wally is really suggesting that we have to accept that gay kids will kill themselves.  It’s unfortunate he says, but gay people choose this lifestyle, therefore they deserve to die young.  Of course, he makes it sound like it’s tragic, he’s heart goes out to ‘those people’ but as he clearly knows, this is a fact.

We shouldn’t be surprised that he thinks it’s a fact.  He still thinks the whole bible thing is a pretty good idea and treats that like it’s fact.  In fact, despite his words to say otherwise, the real fact about why he thinks being gay is wrong, is because it says so in the bible, it also says that homosexuals should be put to death.  That’s a fact.

Just ask Wally.

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