President Bush will ease a long-standing rule barring HIV-positive people from entering the United States without a special waiver, a ban long criticized by human rights groups.Reward the homosexual capital of the Western Hempisphere with an international AIDS conference for snubbing the military you're breaking on the sandy shoals of the Iraq debacle! Rove truly is a genius.
Because of the rule, organizers of the biannual International AIDS Conferences have not held a gathering in the United States since 1990, when San Francisco hosted the event.
Bush is issuing an executive order that overrides the Congressionally-approved NIH Revitalization Act of 1993. Abuse of executive power, abuse of executive power!
Activists praise Bush's unexpected decision, but lament the damage the Act has already done:
If you want to remove stigma from AIDS, you have to go the whole distance, and eliminate all restrictions on entry to the United States for people with HIV.Why remove the stigma? AIDS is ravaging Africa and spreading in Central America and Southeast Asia. It's a virtual death sentence that is totally preventable. It costs the global economy an estimated Excepting children who are born to HIV-positive mothers and rape victims, all those who do or will suffer from the AIDS virus do so of their own accord. It doesn't jump off the wall and zap you or end up in your salad when the cook forgets to wash his hands.
It's a discriminating plague, not an attribute of cultural diversity to be celebrated. Next to finding a cure (why not put efforts into that so those previously infected can visit the US with impunity in the future at the expense of currently laboring for them to be able to come here prior to a cure?), the best way to eradicate the nefarious thing is to find a way increase the globe's collective IQ (the inverse correlation between a nation's AIDS prevalency rate and its estimated IQ is a statistically significant .55, and a common misconception is that intercourse with a virgin provides a cure!), not cater to those who've made terrible decisions in their lives by pretending they're victims, and in the process stop sufficiently scaring some of those who would engage in similar risky behaviors out of doing so.