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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 8:55 a.m. MST

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worf
Mcallen, TX

These kinds of articles are created to build animosity.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Fact from article: percentage of male homosexuals with HIV is at a rate of over 4 times the rate of male heterosexuals with HIV.

Sounds like a public health issues based on facts.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Can congress investigate John Kerry and the State department and see if there is validity to the allegations of The United States State department paying $20 million dollars to gay activist organizations to promote same sex marriage in North Nigeria?

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ worf: So, the truth is being told to build animosity? If you have animosity towards the truth, doesn't that tell you there might be a problem with your worldview?

@ iron&clay: Yes, HIV/AIDS is a public health issue based on facts. How is forcing homosexual activity underground going to address and solve that problem? From our own history here in the US, we know that when homosexuality has to be hidden, high risk behaviors that increase the chances of the spread of HIV/AIDS increase - and those behaviors eventually have a negative impact on heterosexuals as individuals living double lives spread HIV/AIDS to their straight partners and spouses.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Does this Nigeria accusation have a source of any kind? It reads like something thrown out there by someone to the right of Rick Santorum. And just what is "North Nigeria"?

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Let me get this straight.
Did the AP report that it was a rumor that people had been tortured?

Or did they report that it was a rumor that the US had paid gay activists?

How does the AP differentiate what is a rumor and what is a valid allegation?

Do we have freedom of the press when the AP can report with a twist without a competing news gathering organization reporting with their twist?

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ iron&clay: A big difference between rumors and allegations is sources.

The news reporter was able to talk various people who mentioned how many people were arrested. Those numbers vary depending on the source, but the sources for the various numbers are listed in the article.

There are no sources given at any level for the rumor - just very vague references to a rumor.

As for freedom of the press, if you would like to travel to Nigeria, do the research, and write a follow-up story, I'm sure you can find a news source that will print it for you.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Anti-gay policies in central Africa get major support from American evangelical Christians. See last year's documentary film "God Loves Uganda."

@iron&clay: One way to guarantee that STDs will spread like wildfire is to institute government policies that stigmatize practitioners and force sexual activity underground. A good way to contain the spread of STDs is to institute policies that incentivize long term, stable, monogamous relationships. You know, like marriage.

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