Mid West radio is a station that primarily serves the Mayo area. An email was read out live on air this morning, that claimed – ‘children living with gay people could easily pick up aids’. Quite frankly this one of the most disturbing and shocking things I have ever listened to. The nonchalant way the presenter read this out is disturbing. I have written in the past about the arguments that will be used against same sex marriage, I didn’t include incitement to hatred and out right homophobia.
The presenter should have acknowledged that this was not a reasonable opinion to hold and that it has no basis in science.
Transcript of the email – The plan to introduce same sex marriages must be defeated. It is a crazy idea. We must show true compassion for all of society by stamping out homosexuality altogether. We must remind all of where the AIDS epidemic started. We must remind people of the bizarre sexual lifestyle they lead. We must point out that if children were to live with such people (i.e. gays) they could easily pick up AIDS. Yes, these people will be hurt by some of what we have to say and that is hard on them but we must protect the health of our nation.
Complaints can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE : Presenter Tommy Marren issues an unreserved apology – MID WEST RADIO APOLOGY