The New York Times, and others, are reporting this morning on a case in Germany in which doctors have claimed to cure a man of the AIDS virus by means of a transplant of stem cells, said cells coming from a donor who has a natural immunity to the virus. While promising, doctors assert that the procedure is extremely impractical on a large scale – what it will most likely lead to is better drug treatments for persons with AIDS.
I must say that breakthroughs like this are encouraging, and an example of an extremely positive effect of scientific methodology which will, with more diligent scientific work, result in a better quality of life for people effected by AIDS worldwide.
From a philosophical standpoint, this represents something much more symbolic. By achieving the cure through natural means, you have invalidated one of the narrow-minded dogmatic weapons in the fundamentalist bigot’s arsenal.
Premise A: AIDS is a natural phenomenon, a virus, which is interpreted by religious zealots to be something created by god with the specific purpose of punishing those who are vulnerable.
Premise B: The cure for AIDS is stem cells, which occur naturally in the human body under certain circumstances – which also must, by definition, be interpreted by the religious zealot as having been created by god.
Think about it: now that this cure has been found, no matter how limited the current application, I can, in all sincerity, stand next to the idiot holding the sign that says that “AIDS is god’s judgment on homosexuals”, with my own sign, which says:
“Based on your own personal worldview, god has also provided a cure for the alleged judgment, which in all honesty makes your dearly-held belief system seem remarkably like it is based on a waffling, indecisive deity – not at all a quality to be admired in an all-powerful cosmic being. If not indecisive, your god has either decided that AIDS was a mistake, in which case he/she/it created the cure, or he/she/it accidentally provided the cure for the judgment. The inescapable conclusions are that your deity is profoundly fallible, or, despite your devotion, inattentive, or both.”
Figure 1: Dumbass.
The extra money on bristol board will be worth it. Nothing is more satisfying than using the bigot’s belief against them.
It’s a Forceful Flash Fact.