Congratulations [READER NAME REDACTED]. You figured out that my weekly video series Weeklings! is a secret plot to singlehandedly cover up the AIDS epidemic. Thanks so much for writing in to “simply tell me”– in three rambling pages no less– that I am a “moral failure and coward and a fraud.”
Every once in awhile it’s nice to check out a bit of hate mail. Or in this case, uh — whatever this crazy dude’s fevered rant below is supposed to be. Anyway, I just thought regular readers of TheBacklot would you’d like to know that someone, an alleged “high school teacher”, believes that my weekly videos on this site are basically 1) trying to cover up 30 years of AIDS and 2) uh, that’s it, I guess? There’s a lot of words. The gulags of Joseph Stalin come up. You understand.
Here’s the video that got him so worked up. It’s about how July is deemed “Straight Pride Month.” I’m not really seeing the AIDS connection there.
Here’s the the disgruntled reader’s gorgeously composed, meticulously long response:
Dear Mr. Virtel:
I have read your article and viewed your video in The Huffington Post entitled “Weeklings!: How to Celebrate Straight Pride Month (Video).” As a high school history teacher from [REDACTED], I have a different perspective on morality than many people. I personally do not agree with same-sex marriage and do not endorse homosexual conduct. Nor do I agree with the so-called “progressive” and “enlightened” views you are advocating. I would like to say why. Feel free to respond to my e-mail if you like.
As you may or may not know, in the United States of America, at least 636, 000 Americans have already died of AIDS from 1981 to 2010 inclusive. The body count numbers for 2011, 2012 and thus far in 2013, have not been included. At present, at least 1.1 million Americans are believed to be living with HIV. All of these AIDS fatalities have happened in just one generation, a generation being 30 years (1981 – 2011). What does it mean to lose at least 636, 000 Americans from AIDS in just one generation? Consider the following evidence:
- This is more than 10 times American fatalities in the Vietnam War (1959 – 1975). America had 58, 000 servicemen killed in this conflict.
- More than five times American fatalities in World War I (1917 – 1918). America had 116, 000 servicemen killed in this conflict.
- More than American fatalities in World War II (1941 – 1945). America had 407, 000 servicemen killed in this conflict.
- More than American fatalities in World I, World War II, and Vietnam—all added up together.
- More people than are presently buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
- More than American fatalities in the American Revolution (1775 – 1783).
- More than Napoleon Bonaparte lost in his disastrous retreat from Moscow in 1812. Napoleon lost over 500, 000 men due to the severe Russian winter.
- More than the Axis powers lost in North Africa in World War II.
- More than the Allied forces lost in the battle of Passchendaele in World War I.
- More than the French Army lost in the battle of Verdun in World War I.
- More than the losses incurred by the British Empire forces and her allies in the Somme Offensive of 1916. The allies incurred 623, 000 casualties at the Somme for a gain of less than 12 kilometers of land.
- More than were killed by all the defoliant Agent Orange sprayed on the jungles of Vietnam.
Of the 636, 000 Americans that have died of AIDS, at least 53% of this figure is made up of homosexuals. Therefore, at least 337, 080 homosexuals in the United States have died of AIDS. From 1981 to 2010 inclusive (within a generation), over 555, 000 homosexuals in America were diagnosed with full-blown AIDS according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even though they are a tiny minority of the population in America, men who have sex with men (MSM) make up the majority of the new HIV infections, the majority of AIDS cases, and the majority of theAIDS fatalities. The tiny minority tail has lost more people than the big majority dog. This reality has to do with the fact that they (MSM) engage in conduct that is self-destructive, goes against nature, and is considered high risk. What does it mean to lose at least 337, 080 homosexuals from AIDS in America in just one generation? Consider the following evidence:
- This is more than five times American fatalities in theVietnam War (1959 – 1975).
- More than double, nearly triple, American fatalities in World War I.
- More than the German Army lost on the Russian Front in their catastrophic defeat in the battle of Stalingrad in 1943. The German Army lost 330, 000 men in this one battle.
- More than were lost by the Italian Fascist armies of Benito Mussolini on the Russian Front in World War II.
- More than were killed by the two atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki—put together.
- More than the fatalities incurred by the slave states of the Confederacy in the American Civil War (1861 – 1865). The eleven slave states of the Confederacy experienced 258, 000 fatalities, fighting for a cause that was morally wrong.
- More than six times the carnage at the battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), where the combined casualties for both armies exceeded 53, 000 in just three days.
The number of HIV infections keeps going up with no end in sight. Every year, more and more people are becoming infected with HIV and AIDS. At present, 1 in every 300 Americans is infected with HIV and climbing. In total, 1.7 million Americans have become infected with HIV since 1981. Approximately 50, 000 Americans become infected with HIV each year, which means that almost 1, 000 Americans become infected with HIV each week. More Americans die from AIDS every year than are killed in gun homicides.
When you participate in behaviour that goes against nature and is self-destructive, then the results will reflect that. In other words, the norms become reversed. Why is it that in just one generation (1981 – 2011) a large number of parents have had to bury their own children? Normally, children should be burying their parents, but not for many of these AIDS victims. Why is it that a record number of people are dying in peacetime rather than in wartime? Why is it that a tiny minority of the population ends up incurring more casualties than the majority? Why is it that many racists and war mongers have outlived countless of these so-called peaceful and tolerant AIDS victims? Why do so many grown men have to wear diapers like infants? Why the silence? If one is truly proud to have HIV/AIDS, then why try to hide it? Why hide the casualties?
During the Vietnam War (1959 – 1975), the American forces were incurring an average of 19 fatalities per day over the entire duration of the conflict. At present, the number of Americans that die from AIDS every day is more than double that. In other words, it would be like fighting two Vietnam conflicts at the exact same time, and at the end of every single day there is a body count which cannot be stopped and there is no telling for how long the conflict will last. In New York City alone, from 1981 to 2012, over 75, 000 AIDs deaths were reported—more than American fatalities in the entire Vietnam War.
The coffin factories will never go out of business as they continue to manufacture more coffins for these AIDS victims. Do you know someone with HIV/AIDS? A cousin? A business partner? A brother? A sister? A friend? A parent? A celebrity? A co-worker? A religious leader? A son? A daughter? Chances are you do. The trends do not appear to be going in your favour. When you get to the point where you can easily name someone who has contracted HIV, then you know that the disease is more widespread than you realize.
What did these AIDS victims die for? What great noble cause could justify the loss of so many people in peacetime? How can one justify the conduct that led to these losses? What is it all for? The body count numbers have provided a telling rebuke. Their decadent conduct has resulted in a big waste of human life. It truly is a vast and indefensible waste of human life. It is amusing to watch these posers put on an act and pretend that there’s nothing wrong. When you lose hundreds of thousands of people for nothing, people will criticize you because they do not respect you. When people don’t respect you, they won’t listen to you, and they won’t care what you think. Yes, there will be a loss of respect, a loss of credibility, and a loss of legitimacy.
Take a good look at these people with HIV/AIDS. They have tried awfully hard to find a cure. They have bake sales for the cause, fashion shows for the cause, concerts for the cause, battle of the bands for the cause, celebrity dinners for the cause, celebrity endorsements for the cause, barbeques for the cause, ecotourism for the cause, walk-a-thons for the cause, bike-a-thons for the cause, and every other possible activity known to mankind to support their cause. All the while they have completely ignored the morality of their conduct and the body count that is attached to it.
Do you not realize that in the eyes of God up above, virtually all of the decadent conduct that caused these people to get AIDS would be considered morally wrong? Do you honestly believe that an all-mighty, all-knowing, all-powerful God would endorse the conduct that these people engage in? Where are the divine letters of recommendation to support the cause? Where is the divine seal of approval? Where is the divine endorsement?
People like you seem to operate on the assumption that there is no God, that there is no such thing as divine intervention, that divine justice does not exist, that there are no absolute truths of any kind, and that there is no afterlife. If that describes you, you are entitled to believe what you want, but that does not necessarily mean that you are correct or that others must be forced to subscribe to your views. If you wish to worship the golden calf, then that is your business, but do not demand and expect others to follow your example.
For these people living with HIV/AIDS, there is no war, no draft, and no arms race. No weapons of mass destruction were used to cause this devastation. The Cold War between America and the Soviet Union is over. There is no declaration of war, and a single shot hasn’t even been fired in anger at anyone. Yet, despite all of these factors that are stacked in their favour in a time of peace, their fatalities from AIDS are even higher.
The prime architect of the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara, who was the U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968, admitted in his memoirs that he was wrong to have gotten America involved in Vietnam to the extent that it was. As a result, 58, 000 American servicemen died from 1959 to 1975. At present however, the number of Americans that have already died from AIDS is more than 10 times that. Nonetheless, it would appear that most of the victims living with HIV/AIDS and most of the activists who support them, will never admit that their conduct is wrong. They remain unapologetic right to the grave. They never want to admit that they have erred, no matter how high the body count goes. Why is that relevant? It is relevant, since finding common ground with these people will be virtually impossible.
Globally, the body count from AIDS is very revealing. Every 12 seconds, someone on the planet contracts HIV, and every 16 seconds someone dies from AIDS. That’s 12, 600 casualties a day, every day, with no end in sight. Since 1981, at least 70 million people on the planet have been diagnosed with HIV and at least 36 million people have died of AIDS. Nobody knows with 100% accuracy what the real global body count number is, since many nations do not keep accurate numbers and other nations do not even report the number of fatalities at all. What does it mean to experience at least 36 million fatalities from AIDS? Consider the following evidence:
- This is more than quadruple the number of fatalities incurred by the Third Reich of Germany.
- More than double the combined fatalities of the big three of the Axis Powers in World War II (Germany, Italy, and Japan).
- More than were killed on the Russian Front in World War II.
- More than were killed in all of Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps put together.
- More than the fatalities incurred by the Soviet Union in World War II.
- More than were killed in the all the gulags of Joseph Stalin put together.
- More than were slaughtered in the killing fields of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.
- More than were killed in the Iran-Iraq War (1980 – 1988).
- More than were killed in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars—put together.
- More than were killed by the Mongol hoards of Genghis Khan.
- More than were killed by the Roman legions of the Caesars.
- More than double the fatalities of World War I (1914 – 1918), where 14 million people were killed.
- More than were killed in every single military conflict in the history of the world, with the only possible exception of World War II, where 55 million fatalities resulted.
What is the point of this e-mail? It is simply to tell you that you are a moral failure, a coward, and a fraud. More people have died from AIDS than were lost by all the war mongers, lunatics, racist bigots and totalitarian regimes I have listed. Why is it that the media does not bother to mention how many people in North America have actually died of AIDS? If you feel that you need to censor the body count, then you’re the one who has the problem. You are fooling nobody.
All of the defense contractors that make up the military industrial complex in America and all of their weapons put together, do not kill off anything comparable to the global body count numbers produced from AIDS. I find it hard to believe that God up above agrees with you. If you find these body count numbers disturbing, then maybe you had better re-evaluate what you believe in. Are you really on the right side of history? Sexually transmitted diseases have been infecting and killing people for centuries. You cannot blame politicians, lawmakers and religious leaders for the existence and spread of AIDS. The historical evidence does not support you.
You would have to realize that the casualties from AIDS are rather high. Yet, you pretend that there is nothing wrong. You try to bulldoze your way through circumstances and impose your will on others without considering the morality of your actions, and then you play stupid, wondering why there are those who do not agree with you. Is it really that hard to figure out why there are people who don’t agree with you? Mr. Virtel, would you ever reveal these AIDS statistics to your friends and relatives? If not, why not? Why did you not mention these statistics in your video?
There are so many different strains of HIV that scientists have given up trying to count all of them. You cannot legislate your way out of this problem. You cannot interpret your way out. You cannot vote your way out. You cannot protest your way out. You cannot screamyour way out. You cannot bully your way out. You cannot demand your way out. You cannot manipulate your way out. Public opinion polls cannot get you out. Celebrity endorsements cannot get you out.
Hiding the casualties won’t stop the spread of HIV. The genie is out of the bottle and cannot be put back in.
You would like to portray yourself as a moderate, a centrist, a person of reason, a forward- looking person, a person who is sophisticated, or some other kind of enlightened intellectual. If you think that everybody sees it your way, you are seriously deluded. You don’t occupy any moral high ground. You are not a superior alternative. You are not the lesser of the evils. You do not stand for common sense, reason, or logic. If you think that you are making progress, I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes when you start claiming you are having a setback.
Why are there people who oppose same-sex marriage? Why are there people who do not respect your views? Why do people disagree with your so-called “progressive” morality? Why are there people who do not see things your way? I suggest you look at the AIDS-related casualties. Then you’ll find the answer.
Thanks for watching, sir!