Apr 20, 2004
Bob I love you!
the best response you have ever given. (I think it beat's them all! - maybe??)
I may repeat and copie your response below again for the world to to read and think!
New York Jack
Forty-five million people are suffering from a plague and you're concerned about my negative response to a sadistic film? Oh my. Whether you are a believer or not, it might be useful to remember one very important thing: the movie (The Passion of the Christ) is not from God. It's from Mel Gibson. And there's a difference! Really! What you saw on the screen was not Jesus incarnate, but rather James Caviezel under about 20 pounds of ketchup and raw hamburger meat. I can assure you there are plenty of people who are just as spiritual as you are who think Gibson's movie is a piece of garbage. I'm amazed some folks watched the film thinking, "I am watching the Lord," while others like me were thinking, "Why am I still sitting here watching James Caviezel getting pummeled?" For me, it's a question of reality. Some folks are comforted by the sight of a man in a flight suit, while others want to know whether he can really fly the plane.
That said, I need to remind you that whether you believe in Christ, Buddha, Allah, Mohammed, Mad Max, or the Man in the Moon, this is a forum dedicated to scientific fact about HIV/AIDS and not to unsubstantiated beliefs, even when recited in Aramaic.
By the way, just for the record, I have never denounced God. In fact, I "believe" in higher powers. (You can call her what you will.) I also "believe" she will approve of my efforts to save lives and provide crucial services to those suffering the ravages of this hideous plague. She may also be quite disappointed by others, such as the Vatican, for spreading lies, such as HIV can pass through latex condoms. I don't know if my efforts are "profound" (like Mel's), but I would encourage you to spend some time volunteering at an AIDS hospice, or working to combat AIDS apathy, or donating funds to provide antiviral drugs to HIV-positive pregnant women, thereby decreasing the chance they will pass the deadly virus on to their unborn infants. You just might find it to be a "profoundly religious" experience.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Hey N.Y. Jack,
Welcome back Jack! Thanks for the positive strokes. As you can imagine, my response to that particular question did generate considerable controversy. I'm sure reposting it will do the same, but what the hell.
Stay well, Jack.
San Francisco Bob
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