Launch a Jihad Against [People with] AIDS
By Firoz Osman
Monitors Network, December 1, 2004 http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/11737/
“The AIDS pandemic should not be considered simply
as a disease for which a cure may sooner or later be discovered; it must be
viewed in general as a serious sign...”
As the world AIDS day is commemorated on 1st December,
the number of people living with HIV/AIDS reaches almost 50 million, the
majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are over 5 million South
Africans suffering from the disease, increasing by a shocking 800 to a
thousand new infections every single day.
Despite the billions of dollars spent on innumerable
educational campaigns and programmes the pandemic shows no signs of
regressing. Advertising, plays and the free distribution of condoms have not
made a dent on the spiraling rate of infections. The enormous cost of
anti-retroviral drugs will further burden the state with a dubious impact on
the current course of the disease.
Perhaps a fresh approach in resolving this catastrophic
crisis is necessary. There is no dispute as to how the Human Immunodefiency
Virus (HIV) is acquired. It is through rampant sexual promiscuity, either
hetero- or homo- sexual, or through contaminated blood and syringes. Since
this is the epidemiology, the solution must lie there.
Professor Malik Badri, a clinical psychologist and author
of The AIDS Crisis, asserts that the sexual revolution is a progeny of Western
modernity, and that AIDS is a natural consequence of the promiscuity and
unrestrained homosexual abandon propagated by this revolution. A concerted
campaign, a jihad, against a lifestyle that promotes drug intake and
promiscuity is needed.
Professor Chandra Muzaffar of the International Movement
for a Just World noted that the “AIDS phenomenon is tangible evidence of
what can happen when the insistence on the exercise of one’s sexual rights
is not accompanied by a sense of sexual responsibility. It reveals the extent
to which relationships between the sexes, and within each sex, have been
debased and defiled.”
Both these eminent professors point to the break-up of
family life and family norms and values as leading to the AIDS crisis. In
South Africa, Apartheid had a definite role in tearing asunder the family,
forcing the males to work in single sex hostels far away from their spouses
for months on end. This led to a serious breakdown of the socio-moral and
behavioural standards, with promiscuity a devastating consequence.
The power of terminology in shaping the attitudes towards
making some immoral activities more acceptable can not be overemphasized.
Adultery or fornication, a term used to describe the unfaithfulness of a
husband or a wife, carried a strong religious tone that stirred guilt and
sinfulness. It was replaced by promiscuity, which denotes casual sex with many
partners, and the term ‘extra-marital’ relations is used that does not
elicit repugnance and disapproval.
The same kind of gradual desensitization of terminology
was applied to homosexuality, the most abhorred kind of fornication. It was
first known as sodomy, in relation to the great sin of Sodom to whom God had
sent the prophet Lot (peace be upon him). They are now called ‘gay’,
expressing cheerfulness and joviality, a term that has no moral connotations.
Similarly, prostitutes are now called sex-workers, sex-therapists or partner
In order to curtail criticism of this degenerate
lifestyle, the opponents have been labeled ‘homophobic’. They are depicted
as ‘neurotics’ who harbour an irrational fear or aversion towards an
inoffensive legitimate orientation. It is astonishing that those condemning
deviant sexual behaviour will be soon regarded as the ones requiring therapy!
A new evaluation must be taken, from our own ethical,
psychological, cultural and historical perspectives, in order to combat the
AIDS calamity. The Western paradigm propagates the weakening of the family and
the full acceptance of ‘alternative’ cohabitation. A strategy, not based
entirely on Western models, in which we adopt an uncompromising position
against fornication and drug abuse, must be work shopped.
Professor Badri questions the wisdom of spending more
money on current educational programmes on AIDS prevention since people’s
behaviour does not seem to be changing significantly. If the mere
dissemination of information can change attitudes, then nobody would have
smoked cigarettes, committed a crime or driven dangerously.
Knowledge about the relationship of smoking and cancer
has not deterred doctors from smoking, nor has the awareness of the outcome of
criminal acts stopped lawyers and police officers from committing such
transgressions. Changing attitudes have two other components: the affective or
emotional and behavioural.
Cold facts alone cannot bring about the change; they must
be ‘warmed up’ by the affective psychological state of arousal such as
fear, disgust, hate or love. Behaviour is not only influenced by the expected
rewards of safe and healthy ways but also by the fear generated from expected
punishments and sanctions of wrongful actions.
Uganda successfully used this formula of information and
the affective aspect that led to a drastic reduction in AIDS/HIV. People’s
attitudes cannot be changed without governmental intervention of cleansing the
environment of all forms of enticements to fornication or drug intake.
There is no doubt that this preventative approach will
provoke attacks from latex and drug manufacturing companies and Western
so-called human rights organizations who will vehemently protest against the
‘discrimination’ against gays and suppression of human sexual freedom and
a host of other freedoms.
Western governments and pharmaceutical companies will try
to push their ‘medicine’ the expensive anti-retroviral drugs, pills,
condoms, injections, financial loans and a host of social policies developed
The AIDS pandemic should not be considered simply as a
disease for which a cure may sooner or later be discovered; it must be viewed
in general as a serious sign and a grave warning for adopting a lifestyle of
sexual abandon and drug intake, and that even if a cure or vaccine is
discovered, new viral mutations will almost certainly surface if rampant
promiscuity, homosexuality and drug abuse are not checked.
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