Wyoming State Rep. Troy Mader Learned All He Needs To Know About AIDS In 1984
Wyoming state Rep. Troy Mader is just your average rancher and country/gospel recording artist, not a medical expert by any means. But hestands by pretty much everything that he wrote in a 1984 self-published book, The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety, which argued that gay men and their allies will be the death of America, because promiscuity and AIDS. Funny how the classics remain so timely.
Mader was appointed in February to fill the seat of Rep. Sue Wallis, who died January 28, and his previous achievements as an author only came to light after his appointment. The book is mostly a compilation of quotes from sources ranging from Newsweek to scholarly publications like “What Homosexuals Do (It’s More than Disgusting),” by Paul Cameron, who is still very actively doing what one real epidemiologist calls a "tragic parody of science" about the deadliness of gaysexing. The book concludes that America is doomed:
"At one time, this nation was moral and great," he wrote. "Now it is immoral and sick. We have reaped what we have sown, and we are dying!"
It is apparently a slow death, but now we have gays wanting wedding cakes, so who knows, maybe we're almost there?
Mader told the Casper Star-Tribune that he agrees that some of the medical information in The Death Sentence of AIDS is outdated, but he's still pretty sure that the homosexxers are a lot more promiscuous than heterosexxers, and more likely to spread disease:
“If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice,” he said during a telephone interview. “But I reserve the right to say, ‘Hey, there’s risk involved.’”
Rep. Mader didn't specify which parts of his book he thinks are maybe a little out of date and which he still stands by, although most of the crazier stuff in the book has nothing to do with medicine, like for instance this charming claim about how AIDS spread:
The spread of AIDS into the general population of the United States is assumed to have come about by: A. Homosexuals who purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population. B. Bisexual men who participated in homosexual acts, became infected and then passed it on to wives, lovers, prostitutes and most off-spring born after infection….”
A few other gems, from a copy of the book obtained by the Star-Tribune (and good on them for their mad research skillz; there are only 11 copies available in libraries nationwide):
- Many homosexuals demand the right to kill themselves with the AIDS virus and to kill others by infecting them.
- Many homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.
- Sex Education was attempted during World War II in response to syphilis. The result was the highest incidence of syphilis cases in the United States. It did not work then nor will it work now
- Homosexuals have very strong, well-financed political activists who are constantly attempting to get legislation passed in favor of homosexual/lesbian rights.
- A homosexual can reform if he wants to, it is just that most homosexuals do not want to change.
- “They (liberals and the liberal press) advocate national suicide for the ‘rights’ of a few.”
In addition, Mader also found experts -- in the highly respected American Spectator, no less -- who said that the average gay person had between 1,000 and 1,600 sex partners in a lifetime, probably depending on their work schedule at the hair salon.
“One activist has said that 10,000 sex partners in the lifetime of a ‘very active’ homosexual would not be extraordinary,” the book states on page 150.
That sounds pretty scientific to us! Mader now says maybe that the numbers were a little off, although "we were quoting the best we could find at the time.” But he's still quite certain that gays are tragically promiscuous, and cited a 2011 book about a guy who found God and stopped being gay as evidence.
In the short legislative session, Mader voted against marriage equality bills, arguing that the Wyoming Legislature simply doesn't have the power to change marriage laws, which are fixed and immutable:
“I’ll be honest with you: We don’t have standing to change the definition of marriage,” he said. “We didn’t make it. Either nature did, if you believe in evolution, or God did, if you believe in the Bible. But either way, it happened at a time and we can’t effect that change.”
Isn't that bit about evolution fascinating? He's just proving that he's open-minded, we suppose.
As far as the specifics in the 1984 book go, Mader refused to say whether he still backs suggestions like testing everyone for AIDS or quarantining all gay people who refuse to remain celibate, because he was just citing the best available expert opinion that he could find from qualified gay-hating experts at the time, and they were the experts:
“That’s what the experts recommended at the time. I will say this: I haven’t seen anything to refute their statements at the time. Again, that was 30 years ago. I have researched a lot of issues over the years. I am not up to speed on all the issues the experts said back then.”
Hey, don't call him an extremist, he's just the one who compiled a bunch of quotes from extremists and mixed in some stuff from Time and Scientific American. And yes, he has several good gay friends who he disagrees with, but with whom he "get[s] along great."
Wonkette is proud to nominate Rep. Troy Mader for its coveted legislative Shitmuffin of the Year Award, although we aren't sure whether that should be for 2014 or 1984.
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