Ok i didn't write this but thought it was very interesting, idk just thought i'd see what u lot think "Gay Blood Saves Straight Lives. Spread the Word. Share Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 6:37pm http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/?q=taxonomy/term/1052 In the United States of America, we pride ourselves on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Many times, we forget the words that follow this notorious statement. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in a way that would build to his defining statement/point. In this document, declaring the independence of a people fed up with tyranny, Jefferson states that it is not just the right course of action for a people under oppression to stand for their liberties, but it is their God given duty. When the chains of oppression are shackling a people whose hope is dying, then it no longer becomes a question of choosing to act, but rather, being called to act. While a large majority of the population no longer holds the spiritual truths our forefathers once held, I do believe we can all agree with the statement my former minister used to declare, “Many are called, but few will answer.” We, as a people, are being called by the voices of the silently oppressed. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness does not mean to suggest it is our God given right to pursue whatever pleases us by way of the flesh, but rather, to have the right to be content in our lives. Happiness is not referred to as the instant gratification known to our modern society. Happiness is to be content with one’s own life; something lost on a society that is never satisfied. We have the right to be content in our lives, but not necessarily inherit the world. Moreover, Jefferson calls the people on the sacrifice needed by all citizens to maintain such liberties. In this age of MTV and 1,000 channeled television sets, Americans have forgotten the true meaning of happiness to a definition consisting of fickle momentary thrills. We are at war in our own country, with our own government, and own people in a fight against the tyranny fought through the battles of modern day desensitization. It is not just our right to live with the liberties (human rights) every human being should have and to be content in said lives, but it is also our duty to sacrifice those pursuits of momentary happiness in order to take up the sword for the nobler cause of liberty. Liberty never came without a fight, and according to the declaration of our forefathers, the self-sacrifice for the nobler cause of liberty is how one is to keep independence alive. Some will take this call for self-sacrifice and warp it to match an agenda of tyranny masked as a noble pursuit for the defense of independence (For example, The Patriot Act), but it is our duty as the people who form this nation to call into question those actions which threaten the very essence of liberty. In the words of Ben Franklin: “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” My friends, we are in grave danger of gaining neither and losing both our noble liberty, along with, our gained security. http://www.slapupsidethehead.com When a society gives up a few of it’s liberties for the sake of a little security, that society begins a down word spiral of destruction. Worse is when a society is ignorant to such grievances accruing in its own boarders. Today, such a travesty has occurred and has continued to occur since the 1980’s AIDS epidemic. In the United States of America, a blood transfusion will be needed with ever two passing seconds. That means with every two seconds that pass, someone’s life is at risk of being taken because there is not enough blood in our U.S. blood banks. In a time when there is such a shortage of life sustaining blood, one would assume the United States government would not allow discrimination to enter into the politics of saving lives. Unfortunately, prejudice remains in outdated laws which are costing hundreds of potential lives. Point blank, gay blood has the potential to save hundreds of straight http://www.slapupsidethehead.com lives, but gay/bi men (and all those who have had relations with them) are BANNED from donating their blood to any blood banks. Why? The fear of HIV/AIDS. This is an OUTRAGE! Such a ban enforces the homophobic notions of HIV/AIDS being the “Gay Disease.” Not only is such a reinforcement of hateful undertones out of line, but such mentalities are also potentially costing hundreds of people their lives. The FDA is WRONG for banning gay men and their former/current lovers from donating their blood. The argument is a timeless one: “Gay men are more prone to contracting HIV/AIDS.” What is fascinating is the fact that such laws have been implemented to discriminate against “high risk” blood donor candidates based on sexual orientations, but no such laws have been created for “high risk” candidates based on ethnicity. I suppose the FDA is more frightened of the NAACP than they are of the HRC. * Fact: The CDC estimates 44.1% of those affected by some form of AIDS are African-American. http://www.avert.org/usa-statistics.htm # Fact: The CDC estimates 47% of individuals affected by aids have had male-male sex. # Fact: The difference between the majority of affected ethnicities vs. affected sexual contact is a matter of 2.9%. # Fact: Black men can still donate blood, but gay/bi men (and their lovers) cannot. # Fact: Lesbians can still donate while gay/bi men (and their lovers) cannot. # Fact: HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. It is time to turn off the weapons of those who would like this country to forget. Turn off those cartoons, get off those couches, turn up the fire, and do something about this outrageous violation of civil liberties. Not only does this FDA ban enforce homophobic stereotypes/myths, it also cost people their lives. Gay blood has the potential to save hundreds of straight lives. This is not a gay issue. This is an issue affecting all humans. Affecting all those who live, breathe and rather enjoy doing both. Do not stop donating, but never stop fighting for equality. Get informed, inform others, spread the word and end this outrageous, outdated ban on gay blood donations. It is not just the right thing to do, it is a duty given to every man and woman (and those in between) who call themselves United States Citizens. “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” -Ben Franklin Let us prove to the world that we deserve both. Please, appeal to the FDA for equality and lives sake. www.fda.gov -Cristina Marrero"