Wednesday 17 January 2018

Outdated dogma spreads disease

AS he pontificates on the spread of AIDS, Kevin Myers appears to feel justified in equating the Catholic Church's moral guidelines opposing the distribution of condoms with the vital decriminalisation of homosexuality in the US (Irish Independent, September 21).

From the time when homosexuality was commonly believed to be a sin, a moral flaw, a disease even, to the empowering gay-rights movement of the 1960s, the AIDS epidemic is one chapter in a long and ongoing history of a minority community who dared to face bigotry head on and rise above it.

Sorry to burst your bubble Mr Myers, but sexual relations between men did not begin with decriminalisation.

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