Okay, so I got one of those infamous Chick tracts in the office a while ago. This one, called The Crazy Guy, tells the story of a virginal girl who gets a date with a stud who proceeds to inflict her with gonorrheah AND the AIDS virus the first time she has sex, while using a condom.
Now then, the tract goes on to have the doctor make a couple of statements that fly in the face of conventional wisdom, which is even more offensive than his flat “You’re dying and there’s no cure.” revelation:
(a) “Susan, there’s a horrible lie being pushed today. Experts are claiming that you can have “safe sex” if you use a condom. But the truth is, the AIDS virus is so small, it can pass right through a doctor’s surgical gloves.” *
(b) “Researchers have found holes in surgical gloves big enough to allow 10 AIDS viruses to pass through them side by side.”
© “And most condoms are made of the same latex rubber!”
(d) “At a recent meeting of 800sexologists, not a single one said they would trust a condom… to protect them if they had sex with a known HIV infected person” *
(e) When Susan claims it’s horrible since at school they are passing condoms out like candy, the doctor somberly concludes, “Yes, Susan, and I believe millions of young people like you will die because of this!”
So… Millions of young people will die BECAUSE of condoms?!?
The passages above marked with an asterisk (*) are actually cited in the strip - from the Focus On The Family Newsletter, 2/13/92, Pg. 2. Needless to say, I also doubt this as a serious reference for impartial scientific knowledge.
Anyway, the questions I have from this are as follows:
(1) This shit can’t be true. Okay, that isn’t a question, and if this were Jeopardy I would have been scolded by Alex Trebec. So, let me rephrase - SOMEONE please tell me this shit isn’t true?
(2) Does Chick Publications have any obligation to print the truth, especially when it goes against scientific principals and could endanger lives? I realize that the message here is “don’t have sex,” but it could easily be interpreted as “don’t need condoms.”
(3) Can Chick Publications (or any similar company printing lies as facts) be held accountable for this should their disinformation harm someone?
For the record, the story has a nice happy ending - the doctor converts her to Jesus Christ so she won’t go to “that dark, horrible, unspeakable place.” What a caring physician!
NOTE: I think this belongs under GQ because I ask three General Questions here. The fact it is about religion is only an example - all the questions can easily be applied to less “hot button” topics.