Four general groups of conditions may be encountered in homosexually active men: classical sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, infections with Chlamydia trachomatis, syphilis, herpes simplex infections, genital warts, pubic lice, scabies); enteric diseases (infections with Shigella species, Campylobacter jejuni, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis non-A, non-B, and cytomegalovirus); trauma (fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, anal fissure, foreign bodies, rectosigmoid tears, allergic proctitis, penile edema, chemical sinusitis, inhaled nitrite burns, and sexual assault of the male patient); and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).Jason Kuznicki, drawing on an essay by Princeton University professor emeritus Harry Frankfurt, says Holsinger is full of "bullshit," by which he means a complete indifference to the truth or falsity of facts alleged, but simply a desire to scare people.
I, for one, am scared.
As Jefferson put it, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; (and) that His justice cannot sleep forever." I believe homosexuality is a sin, and under the U.S. Constitution, the states are free to make it a crime. I agree with Jefferson, that capital punishment is not appropriate for the crime of homosexuality (Jefferson advocated castration). But a society that tolerates homosexuality is headed away from civilization into barbarism.
Many Libertarians will write me (and Jefferson) off as hopelessly backward, or "homophobic." "Phobia" is completely inaccurate. To quote Prof. Frankfurt, it is "bullshit." This is not an emotional issue, or a "phobia," for me or for Jefferson. My position against homosexuality is rational and constitutional: Every single person who signed the Constitution believed that homosexuality was contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."
Kuznicki raises an excellent point, however, concerning the existence of "The Surgeon General." According to the government's website,
In 1798, Congress established the U.S. Marine Hospital Service—predecessor to today’s U.S. Public Health Service—to provide health care to sick and injured merchant seamen. In 1870, the Marine Hospital Service was reorganized as a national hospital system with centralized administration under a medical officer, the Supervising Surgeon, who was later give the title of Surgeon General.Conservatives against "sodomy" and libertines against "homophobia" will continue arguing, or labeling the arguments of the other as "BS." Kuznicki writes:
Perhaps we’re not actually going to agree on any of these issues. But adding a bureaucrat in a uniform — empowered to give “official” opinions — doesn’t do one thing to clarify the debate. It just makes you and I [sic] fight all the harder, in order to make our own opinion the official one.This is a position with which all libertarians can agree. The office and practice of the Surgeon General is beyond the authority delegated to the federal government by "We the People" in the Constitution.
All of which raises the question: Might we be better off without these political drama queens? Why don’t we just close down the theater, mothball that silly costume, and carry on with our plain old doctors?