Article first published as A Turn For The Worst on Blogcritics.
The right has taken a dangerous turn where candidates like Christine O'Donnell and Carl Paladino actually have scored nominations and brought publicity for their ridiculous agendas.
Christine O'Donnell actually beat moderate incumbent Mike Castle in Delaware's GOP Senate primary in a stunning upset that will essentially ensure a Democratic win in the Senate race come November. Her win is a glaring example of the disturbing trend where Republicans are fighting against the rights of others as opposed to truly being representatives of smaller, less invasive government.
Some of you may have seen and heard tapes of Ms. O'Donnell demonizing masturbation and spreading lies that abstinence-only education actually works. As a Republican, one would expect fiscal responsibility, but she is swimming in personal debt. The founder of Savior's Alliance For Lifting The Truth firmly believes that her theological beliefs should have dominion over the most private affairs. (Pardon the Maddow intro)
Here's yet another video of the homophobic candidate's misinformed discussions from the 90's. In it she claims that condoms and needle exchange programs do not reduce the spread of disease (and if they do they give people a false sense of entitlement to continue lifestyles she doesn't agree with) and that AIDS-afflicted individuals are so because of their own faults and that gays are to blame. (the discussion started because of a call about a drag queen ball) She likens AIDS to heart disease, and under this theory, maybe heart disease charities get too much funding too.
People like Ms. O'Donnell block attempts to minimize disease under the guise of morality. they work to deny life-saving prevention measures and drug rehabilitation. By pushing a theological agenda and spreading hateful stigma, they are actually partially responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst young people. The fact of the matter is that over 80% of global HIV cases are amongst heterosexuals who abstain from drug use, a point that is lost on those who want America to become a theocracy.
Like it or not, the vast majority of human beings masturbate. Self-satisfaction has even been captured in utero and amongst infants, and they're probably not lusting. And even if so, so what? Pretending that sex doesn't exist will not make it go away. People have been having sex since the beginning of time, all around the world, in various positions, and for various reasons. Even while I'm writing this blog someone, somewhere is having sex, and hopefully they're having safe sex.
HIV/AIDS is also a serious disease, and denying treatment to those afflicted may make them die quicker, but they're going to spend less time being productive citizens before they pass. And most of those with HIV do not know that they are infected, so telling youth that condoms do not prevent the disease makes the hyperreligious agenda an accessory to transmission.
Christine O'Donnell is merely a symptom of a disease striking the western world- one of paranoia, hatred, and denial. This extremism has afflicted all political spectra and is an attack on your personal freedom and that of your neighbours. And if you're Republican, go and take a look at the principles and do note that the dangerous trend in the party is absolutely contrary to what it is supposed to represent. If you think that theocracy and democracy can coexist, look at Iran and give your head a shake.
I'd like to thank all of you who voted for Christine O'Donnell for handing the Senate seat to Chris Coons on a silver platter.
"The best lack all conviction while the worst are filled with passionate intensity." - W.B.Yeats