It is disheartening to hear people claim – as one recently retired UCC pastor has – that AIDS is the result of a government plot. There is no evidence to support that. Yes, our government has in modern history run unethical experiments on segments of society – blacks, the mentally-ill, and civilian and military personnel working near nuclear power plants and / or weapons. But for clergy to seriously suggest that the government created HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) is not only offensive but dangerous as people need to be confronted with the facts about how to protect themselves from this disease instead of dealing with conspiracy theories.
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