“Why is it acceptable for insurance companies to discriminate against smokers and the obese but not homosexuals?” ponders Conservative columnist and professor Walter Williams in a recent article appropriately titled Things I don’t understand.
“[Being gay is] a lifestyle shortening of life expectancy greater than obesity and tobacco use,” Williams writes as his foot, unbeknownst to him, lodges itself deeper and deeper into his mouth. “Yet one never hears of insurance companies advertising lower premiums for heterosexual men.”
Williams cites a decades-old study as the backbone to his wildly stupid remarks. In the early ’90s, The International Journal of Epidemiology published findings that HIV reduced life expectancy of gay men by 8 to 20 years.
Antigay buffoons love to cite it despite the fact that the researches have acknowledged in recent years that modern medicine has improved drastically. They’ve also spoken publicly about their disappointment that it’s used as ammo for ill-informed haters.
Williams points out the researchers’ backpedaling, but wouldn’t you know it — he finds a way to lie about that too, claiming:
“The publication had to soft-pedal its study results because of complaints that pointing out life expectancy differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals had become fuel for homophobia.”
An assertion he bases on, well, nothing.
“The bottom line is that homosexuals have far greater political power and sympathy than smokers and the obese” he concludes.
Raw Story was first to comment on Williams’ steaming pile of word vomit, aptly pointing out:
“A more recent study by the Mailman School of Public Health found that LGBT people who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice live an average of 12 years less than those who live in less prejudiced communities.
Another recent study found that conservative attitudes increased the risk of suicide for LGBT teens by 20 percent.
While smoking and even obesity can be eliminated through individual actions, Williams fails to note the mountains of scientific evidence against conversion therapy for LGBT people.”