Reagan and AIDS

This is a post I wrote in 2008. I was a Republican at the time. I’m reblogging it in light of the current controversy about Reagan and AIDS.

James' Ramblings

I recently talked about the episode of Eli Stone that criticized Reagan’s record on AIDS. As fate would have it, I was reading a book a few days later that discussed the issue extensively: Reagan’s Disciple, by Lou and Carl Cannon.

The Cannons were responding to the Showtime miniseries, The Reagans, which in an early draft depicted Reagan as saying, “Those who live in sin shall die in sin.” For many on the left, Reagan’s homophobia was the reason that he did nothing to stop the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s. But the Cannons demonstrate that Reagan was not homophobic, and that his administration actually did a lot in response to the disease. They still fault him, however, for not speaking much about it in public.

At the outset, let me say that The Reagans miniseries was actually basing the “Those who live in sin” statement on a…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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