Via Shakesville, I see that Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) has suggested renaming a pending bill in honor of recently deceased Senator Jesse Helms. The bill appropriates money to help other countries fight diseases including AIDS; it was previously called the "Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008."
Helms was the senator who said things like this:
Jesse Helms, the man who in 1987 described AIDS prevention literature as "so obscene, so revolting, I may throw up."
Jesse Helms, the man who in 1988 vigorously opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS research bill, saying, "There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy."
Jesse Helms, the man who in 1995 said (in opposition to refunding the Ryan White Act) that the government should spend less on people with AIDS because they got sick due to their "deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct."
Jesse Helms, the man who in 2002 announced that he'd changed his mind about AIDS funding for Africa, but not for American gays, because homosexuality "is the primary cause of the doubling and redoubling of AIDS cases in the United States."
Elizabeth Dole, shame on you. The notion of naming an AIDS prevention-funding bill in honor of Helms is a sick and contemptible joke.
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