Trump's Recent Appointment of a New CDC Director

nceducator
Posted May 15, 2018 from United States

    Robert Redfield is a "dangerous extremist" who feels that HIV-AIDS is God's judgement against gays.

    Following is the full article from Patheos:

     

     "Trump’s new CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is a dangerous Christian extremist with a history of demonizing gays and single parents.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the new Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has long standing ties with conservative Christian groups that are hostile to gays, single parents, and anyone else that offends their “family values.” 

In the past, the new CDC director has worked closely with the Christian organization, Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy. The group claims that AIDS was “God’s judgment” against gays, and was punishment from God for an America weakened by single-parent households and a loss of “family values.”

CNN reports on Redfield’s deplorable record:

As an Army major at Walter Reed Medical Institute, he designed policies for controlling the disease within the US military that involved placing infected personnel in quarantine and investigating their pasts to identify and track possible sexual partners. Soldiers were routinely discharged and left to die of AIDS, humiliated and jobless, often abandoned by their families.

In other words. Redfield used his prominent position in the U.S. military to design a policy that would ultimately humiliate and punish gay soldiers suffering from the AIDS virus.

Foreign Policy reports on the disastrous effect of Redfield’s odious policy decisions:

The military seemed intent on administratively punishing infected soldiers for their HIV status. Soldiers described being summoned to meet with a chaplain, who would inform them that they had tested positive for HIV, and counsel them while military police rifled through their barracks searching for evidence of homosexuality and the names of possible sex partners. “You go through the Article 15 [disciplinary actions] list and see how many are HIVs,” one discharged soldier told me in 1989. “They are giving out seven or eight Article 15s a day over there. There’s no morale over there.”

About 5 million soldiers and recruits were tested by 1989, with 6,000 of them proving HIV positive. Anecdotally, many of these young men committed suicide, and most were drummed out of the military without medical coverage, dying impoverished from their AIDS disease…

Yet Redfield’s cruelty and medical malpractice was not limited to his experience in the U.S. military. More on the new CDC director’s deplorable record via CNN:

In the 1980s Redfield worked closely with W. Shepherd Smith, Jr. and his Christian organization, Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy, or ASAP. The group maintained that AIDS was “God’s judgment” against homosexuals, spread in an America weakened by single-parent households and loss of family values.

Redfield wrote the introduction to a 1990 book, “Christians in the Age of AIDS,” co-written by Smith, in which he denounced distribution of sterile needles to drug users and condoms to sexually active adults, and described anti-discrimination programs as the efforts of “false prophets.”

In the early 1990’s, ASAP and Redfield also backed H.R. 2788, a House bill sponsored by deeply conservative Rep. William Dannemeyer (R-California). It would have subjected people with HIV to testing, loss of professional licenses and would have effectively quarantined them. (The bill died in Congress.) In the 2000s, Redfield was a top advocate for the so-called “ABCs of AIDS” in Africa, pressing to prevent HIV infection through sexual abstinence, monogamy and the use of condoms only as a last resort.

In other words, for Redfield, the new CDC director, the best way to prevent HIV is not a science-based program promoting clean needles and condoms; instead, the so-called scientist recommended a faith-based program built around abstinence and Jesus.

Bottom line: Trump’s new CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is yet another dangerous Christian extremist holding a prominent position in the Trump administration.

Can you feel the creeping Christian theocracy?"

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Tamarack Verrall
May 15, 2018
May 15, 2018

Hi Dana,

This is really troubling bad news, and as a sister to the north of your country, we watch closely what is happening in your country and are very aware of a percentage of Canada's population who are enamoured by what the current administration in your country is doing, and is soon to mimic. Thanks for the alert on the new CDC director. We need to work together against the singling out of any one population for harassment, and against the theocracy of any one religion or philosophy determining itself superior to another.

Thanks for keeping us informed,
Tam

nceducator
May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018

Hi Tam. thanks for your message. Trump's bad decisions are so troubling, I have avoided the news and don't turn in much anymore. Glad I don't have a TV! Nevertheless, I will check Pantheos from time to time for insightful news.

I'm surprised that some in Canada are "enamored" by what's going on here. We look to Canada as an example of decency. Many here admire your Prime Minister. I heard that a lot of Americans wanted to immigrate to Canada if Trump was elected. It's still a bit of a shock to know this individual is in the White House. Hopefully, the next election will kick him out. He's has embarrassed the U. S. on the world stage.

Please keep in touch.

Dana

Ngala Nadege
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Thanks for sharing.

Lisbeth
Dec 21, 2018
Dec 21, 2018

Not only the state, AIDS long ago was believed its punishment from God for immoral beings. I grew to met it so.

And reports states aids spread quick and easy with such groups with many reasons. 1. God did not create the anus for sec and hence it rough and not lubricated like the original organ for it. This make them all easily targets for AIDS.
And since some gays have multiple partners this spread quickly especially among them.

Personally I will never accept the act of "gaysm". Its against my Bible trained principles and its unscriptural.
Anyway thanks for sharing your thought.

nceducator
Dec 23, 2018
Dec 23, 2018

Hello, and thank you for your comment. I respect your Christian beliefs, as I am a Christian also. I believe in acceptance and tolerance and do not believe that AIDS was sent as punishment. I find such ideas only cause shame and may keep ill people from seeking treatment.

nceducator
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 24, 2018

Mixing religion with government policies is just plain wrong and anti-science.

Tola Makinde
Feb 22
Feb 22

Thanks for sharing . Religion should not be the same as bondage so but I think this is going to lead a lot of people astray.

Knowledge is power.

nceducator
Feb 23
Feb 23

awww...thank you so much! I so appreciate your wisdom, and grasp on this situation.

Take care!
Dana
ps what is your country?

Religion and politics should not mix together, it's brings a lot of mess, thanks for sharing

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Diana,
This is very troubling news indeed. We need to all be treated equally regardless of our gender.
Please keep us posted on the developments.