So the ‘recreational activity’ of smoking is proven to increase the chances of getting lung cancer.
This fact has liberals ardently wishing and campaigning for the state-enforced banning of all smoking, anywhere and everywhere. (Here I differ from the standard conservative, in that I support the phasing out of all smoking as it contains addictive substances – no fundamental difference from drugs.)
Meanwhile, the ‘recreational activity’ of male-male homosexuality is the cause of HIV infection for 72% of males (27,455 individuals surveyed), contributing to the HIV infection rate being highest among gay men – 60 times greater than for the general population. It doesn’t help that many of them intentionally try and get/spread infections.
But you’d be hard pressed to find a liberal who advocates restrictions on casual, multi-partner, unprotected sodomy – let alone state-enforced laws! – despite the very real potential for a massive health crisis.
PS. Add in 33-50 times more syphilis to the mix.
(Smoking doesn’t even kill other people, with the debatable caveat of secondhand smoke, but compared to first-hand AIDS…)
If I were more crude, I’d have snazzed up the title of this post with that double-meaning word that applies to both ciggies and gay men.