A nasty man is forced to resign!
I'm currently busy helping to tame my parents' skittish new cat Mombi, but I hope you all heard this one, courtesy of the Advocate ("Conservative withdraws from White House AIDS panel"):
A Christian activist chosen by the White House to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS is withdrawing his name under pressure for characterizing AIDS as the "gay plague," among other antigay statements attributed to him.While I'm glad to hear this man is gone, this is by no means the time to put on a party hat. The Bush administration is full of similar homophobic abstinence-only wackos, and the fact that Bush and co. felt comfortable appointing him to the council in the first place is no fluke.
...Thacker is a former Bob Jones University graduate who later ran a radio station at the school, and his Web site at one point referred to AIDS as the "gay plague." He also referred to gay people as practicing a "death style," rather than a lifestyle. He has described homosexuality as a condition that can be cured by Christianity. Like the Bush administration, he promotes abstinence from sex as the way to prevent HIV infection. "For the unmarried, the only truly 'safe sex' is not to have sex," Thacker has written.