(CNSNews.com) – Although some liberal observers criticized Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s remarks about homosexual behavior as “disgusting” and “vile and extreme stereotypes,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one of the federal government’s leading health voices, uses nearly identical and even more graphic language in describing some of the sexual practices of male homosexuals.
“Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet they are the population most severely affected by HIV,” says the CDC. “Most HIV infections in men are transmitted through sexual contact, especially anal sex.”
In an interview with GQ magazine, which sparked a national controversy and his indefinite suspension from the hugely popular A&E reality-TV show, “Duck Dynasty,” head-of-household Phil Robertson, a self-described Bible-thumping Christian said, “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Robertson was also asked in the interview, “What in your mind, is sinful?” and he said, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians (I,6:9-10), “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Shortly after those comments were leaked from the interview, the pro-homosexual activist group GLAAD issued a statement on Dec. 18. GLAAD said that GQ’s profile of Robertson “included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”
GLAAD further said that the Duck-calling entrepreneur’s comment was “far outside of the mainstream understanding of LGBT people,” and added that “Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Dec. 20, co-host Mika Brzezinski criticized Robertson, stating, “What he said was disgusting, and he said a lot of other disgusting things too.” On the same show, openly gay MSNBC reporter Thomas Roberts followed-up remarking that Robertson “gave a disgusting interview to GQ” and went on to quote him about a woman’s vagina and a man’s anus.
In its statement, GLAAD condemned both of Robertson’s quotes, the one about female vs, male anatomy and the comment about his view that homosexual behavior is sinful. While neither Brzezinski nor Roberts specified what they found particularly “disgusting” about Robertson’s views, MSNBC’s Roberts did mention the vagina v. anus quote and Brzezinski apparently was dismissive of all that Robertson had said about homosexuality.
In its various fact sheets and information guides on safe sexual practices, risky behavior, and the persistent spread of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals in America, the CDC frequently uses language as graphic as that used by Robertson.
The CDC reports that gays represent about 2% of the U.S. population but they are the most affected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. According to the Census Bureau, the adult U.S. population, age 18 and older, is 240,185,952 – 2% of that is 4,803,699. (If you take the total U.S. population, counting children and people under age 18, it equals 313,914,040 people – 2% of that number of 6,278,280.)
“Men who have sex with men [MSM] account for most new and existing HIV infections among men,” and that for 2010, the latest complete data available, reports the CDC, “There were an estimated 38,000 new HIV infections among men in the United States. 78% (29,800) of these were among MSM.”
In other words, for all the new HIV infections as reported for 2010, 78% of them were among homosexual men who were engaging in homosexual practices with other men – “homosexual behavior.”
Most HIV infections are transmitted through sexual contact, “especially anal sex,” reports the CDC. The federal health agency says, “In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by: Having unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with someone who has HIV.
- Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. Receptive anal sex (bottoming) is riskier than insertive anal sex (topping).”
In a Q&A page on HIV/AIDS, the CDC says, “Can I get HIV from anal sex? Yes. In fact, having anal sex without using a condom is the riskiest type of sex for getting or spreading HIV. During anal sex, it’s possible for either partner—the insertive (top) or the receptive (bottom)—to get HIV. HIV can be found in the blood, semen (cum), preseminal fluid (pre-cum), or rectal fluid of a person infected with the virus. The bottom is at greater risk of getting HIV because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex, but the top is also at risk because HIV can enter through the opening of the penis or through small cuts, abrasions, or open sores on the penis.”
While the CDC clearly states that anal sex without a condom is “the riskiest type of sex for giving or getting HIV,” Duck Dynasty’s Robertson was more opinionated and colloquial, saying “But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
The CDC also describes other sexually risky practices that some gay and straight American men and women practice: fellatio, cunnilingus and rimming.
On that same Q&A page, the CDC reports: “Can I get HIV from oral sex or oral-anal contact (rimming)? Oral sex involves using the mouth to stimulate the penis, vagina or anus (i.e.,fellatio, cunnilingus, and rimming). It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex, though the risk is much less than for anal and vaginal sex. The highest-risk oral sex activity is giving oral sex to a man, if he ejaculates (cums) in your mouth.”
“There is little to no risk of getting HIV from other types of oral sex,” says the CDC. “Several factors may increase the risk of HIV transmission through oral sexual contact, including mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores, and the presence of other sexually transmitted infections. Although rimming carries little to no risk of transmitting HIV, it does come with a high risk of transmitting hepatitis A and B, parasites, and other bacteria to the partner who is doing the rimming.”
According to the CDC, “For sexually active MSM, the most effective ways to prevent HIV are to limit or avoid anal sex, or for MSM who do have anal sex, to correctly use a condom every time. Gay men are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, and CDC recommends that all sexually active MSM be tested annually for these infections.”
The CDC reports that, “Rates of syphilis have increased in recent years among MSM,” and in a fact sheet on HIV infections in the United States, the CDC recommends abstinence first, stating that “the most reliable way to avoid infection is to abstain from sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).”