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03/17/2014

Today in misguided nostalgia: WY legislator stands by 30-yr-old, rabidly anti-gay book

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 At 9.06.10 Am-1Meanwhile, in Wyoming, a state lawmaker is proudly embracing the three-decades-old book in which he used the thoroughly discredited work of rabidly anti-gay "researcher" Paul Cameron to suggest that gay people are essentially marked for death:

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s newest legislator stands by a book he wrote nearly 30 years ago that claims many gay people demand the right to have sex with children and people with AIDS should be quarantined if they continue having sex.

The book is called “The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety.” It was self-published by T.R. Mader, who at the Wyoming Legislature goes by the name Rep. Troy Mader, R-Gillette.

KEEP READING: 'The Death Sentence of AIDS:' Newly minted Wyoming lawmaker stands by controversial book [Billings Gazette]

I mean look, I love the '80s as much as the next guy. If I happen on an Alf rerun, I'll watch it. Hand me some Pop Rocks, and I'll eat 'em. Put on some Bangles tunes, and I might, in fact, walk in a manner suggestive of an Egyptian.

But you know what's not some fun piece of '80s nostalgia? Crude AIDS propaganda. It was out there, yes, and it was ugly. And sad. And dangerous. And it deserved to be denounced for the toll-taking nastiness that it was and is.

That this came to light thirty years later is one thing. That this guy is running into it head first without even a hint that his views have evolved in the subsequent decades is another thing entirely.

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