The AIDS QuiltShame on The Sun. Such a big event as the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 24, 1992

The AIDS Quilt

Shame on The Sun. Such a big event as the displaying of the AIDS quilt in its entirety for the first time since 1989 rated only a single photograph on page 3A of the Oct. 11 edition, showing a lone person strolling the panels.

No story, merely a small paragraph. And the facts weren't even right.

By contrast, the Washington Post carried a front page photo and article which spanned three pages and included two additional photographs.

Why does the AIDS quilt warrant more attention than The Sun has seen fit to give it? Do the names of 26,988 people who have died, and were to be read aloud during the display, mean anything?

Their response of love and caring from bereaved family and friends equates in size to 12 football fields (361,000 square feet) and includes 20,064 panels filled with photographs, momentos, tributes and intensely personal and loving messages commemorating those who died. It weighs 30 tons. And it grows daily, as new panels are added and new deaths occur. Historically, there hasn't been anything like it . . .

The quilt is twice as big as it was in 1989. Soon it is likely to be too big to be shown in its entirety, and will mean in the future it will be displayed in sections.

For those who've never seen it, it can be an emotional experience, even if you do not personally know someone with AIDS.

It is difficult not to grieve with those who so eloquently and plainly express their love for their children, women and men who

have died of this terrible disease.

Thomas L. Ditty III

Baltimore

I have never written a letter to the editor before, but I am compelled to write today to tell you that I found the picture on the front page of the Oct. 10 Sun, under the headline "Unfurling America's Quilt to AIDS," repulsive and foolish.

We might have expected, with a headline such as this, to see a picture of the quilt or maybe a couple mentioned who lost a son to AIDS. But instead, once again, the American media was more concerned with furthering a liberal agenda than accurately, credibly covering a news story.

We hear enough today about supposed "homophobia," the politically correct term for virtually anyone opposed to homosexuality. But we never hear anything said about homopropaganda or homopromotion such as this photo: Two homosexual men embracing under a shared umbrella, one short-haired and the other long-haired, just the model homosexual husband and wife.

We might gather from their somber expressions that their lifestyle has caused one or both of them to be infected by AIDS, or maybe they've recently lost friends or loved ones to this killer disease.

But who are you helping by showing such a photo with a story about the AIDS quilt? My understanding, at least from the AIDS activists' point of view, is that AIDS is not just a homosexual disease. I thought this was an AIDS quilt, not a homosexual quilt.

I find it regrettable that anyone who speaks out against %o homosexuality is viewed as "homophobic" or a hater of $l homosexuals. I neither fear nor hate homosexuals. I have friends that I know are involved in the homosexual perversion.

I am afraid of the HIV virus, however, and I must admit I hate homosexuality. I hate it even more now that I see what it is doing to those involved in it.

These people aren't dying because the government isn't pouring enough money into AIDS research; they're dying because they continued practicing a lifestyle they knew might kill them.

Using the same logic as some AIDS activists use, we should deal with the teen-age suicide problem by pouring billions of dollars into massive brain trauma research, so when teen-agers shoot themselves, we can somehow save their lives.

Obviously, the better solution in both cases is to try to end the destructive behavior, which would prevent the tragic results. Of course there is the occasional "innocent victim" -- the wife whose husband was doing things she either didn't know about or just tolerated, or the child with hemophilia.

But even in cases such as these, the cause of the infection can almost always be traced to someone's immoral conduct; even if you have to trace it to the perversion of the blood donor who subsequently infected the innocent child.

Innocent people die as a result of almost every other evil in our society, however, so it shouldn't be too surprising that the result of our immorality affects innocents, too.

AIDS is indeed a national tragedy. But what makes the AIDS epidemic even more tragic is that we know how to put a stop to it, but we're so obsessed with deviant sexual gratification, we won't do it.

It's like watching someone with chronic emphysema sucking greedily on a cigarette, then coughing for 45 seconds, only to anxiously take another puff, refusing to give up the thing that's killing him.

The homosexual perversion is killing millions in this country. Your newspaper, by printing photos which try to show homosexual relationships as normal, while failing to point out the real cause of this calamity, is its accomplice.

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