While practicality is one of the tools in my arsenal against anti-science advocates, its not my favorite. Maybe its because I am a delicate female with doe-eyes and sweet sensitivities, but my favorite weapon is emotion.
I tell you what, its damn hard to talk to the general public (much less wooers) about the intricacies of genetics and retroviruses, its hard to explain the practicality of evolution in my research, but its real damn easy to give examples of that practicality that tugs on peoples heart-strings. Whether its your moms breast cancer, or your grandpas MS, I can give people a real, personal reason to care about ERVs and evolution. Not bacteria evolving into dinosaurs evolving into monkeys, a million bazillion years ago. Real-world shit gets people to care about science, real fast, whether they totally understand the science or not.
So Tommy Morrison doesnt appear to care about or understand the science of HIV-1.
He doesnt appear to be moved by the practicality of HIV-1 research, and what it has done for (+) people.
It appears Tommy is fond of the God card:
God Bless you for trying.
God Bless you brother.
I chose to exercise..keep fit..eat healthy..and continue to be a Faithful Servant to God. “Everything Hidden In Darkness Will Come To The Light”.
Fine with me.
Lets start by operating under the assumption that HIV/AIDS is a scam. Its a complete and utter lie cooked up by BIG PHARMA and us money hungry scientists (just filed my taxes, btw– pulled in a cool $20K before taxes! dolla-dolla-bills yo!). Lets pretend that Tommy Morrisons career was taken from him, his future was taken from him, for nothing. HIV-1 does not exist. Morrison does not have HIV-1. For the sake of argument, grant this premise.
Everything that happens to us is Gods will. We have the freedom to respond. If you find out your girlfriend is cheating on you: you could shoot her in the head, or you could forgive her for her transgressions against you, and leave her judgment to the Lord. Furthermore, what is the cliche? God never closes a door without opening a window? Maybe you find out your girlfriend is cheating on you, but then you run into your soul-mate when you are moping at the dog park.
So lets pretend HIV-1 is a lie. God threw Morrison the curve-ball of testing positive, yanking his career out from under his feet. Morrison had the choice to do anything with his life. Coach kids in underprivileged communities. Be a personal trainer for his church, teaching people how to eat and exercise right. He could have gone back to school to become a chef or an English teacher. He could have done anything. God closed a door, but he opened an infinite number of windows. But Morrison chose to stay where he was. He chose to mope about his lost millions of dollars (how Christian!) and make bad life choices (drugs/weapons/jail/etc).
Does anyone really think God thinks that behavior is admirable?
If HIV were a scam, and Morrisons life was taken away from him for no reason, but he did what his docs told him to do, and moved on with his life best he could, I think God would say something along the lines of “You know what, Tommy? You got some hard knocks in life, but you did what you thought was good and best and glorified my name, so Heaven is your eternal reward.” I dont think Gods response would be “You know what, Tommy? You got some hard knocks in life, but instead of doing what was right, you kept doing damn well what you pleased, knowing full well it could hurt or kill innocent people. GOOD JOB!”
… And then… what if HIV/AIDS isnt a scam?
Morrison is, for all intents and purposes, committing suicide by not taking antiretrovirals. That is an unforgivable sin, right?
Morrison is potentially, knowingly infecting other people with HIV-1, thus is murdering other humans. Also unforgivable, right? And its not just the people he is fighting. What if he infects someone he is fighting, that loving and faithful fighter goes home and infects his loving and faithful wife. Neither of them think to get tested because they are in a committed, monogamous relationship. She finds out when she delivers their baby girl that she infected their baby with HIV-1 (too late for antiretrovirals to prevent it). This is murder that could happen. Does it matter to Jesus whether it does happen or not? Does Jesus take a chronic drunk driver into Heaven with open arms, saying “You could have killed dozens of people with your reckless actions, leaving a trail of orphans and heart-broken spouses and severely depressed parents, but you didnt! HIGH-FIVE!! Welcome to Heaven, Buddy!!!”
If I were a Christian, I would be pissed as fuck at Morrison. Not just his insane behavior, but the way he was spitting in the face of my God while calling himself a Christian.
But Im an atheist whos lived with Christians my entire life. So… Im just not surprised at his selfish, disgusting behavior, because thats what I expect from them. *shrug*