Minnesota Republican Blames AIDS on Homosexuality, the “Gay Agenda” and “Sperm Enzyme”

bob-freyNormally I would give some kind of introduction to a story as ridiculous as this, but there’s really no need in this case.  After I read it I was literally speechless.  My first thought was it was something from a satire site, only it wasn’t at all funny.

In Minnesota, Republican candidate Bob Frey is running for the seat in house district 47A.  And it seems Frey has quite the “scientific” beliefs when it comes to what causes, and ultimately spreads, AIDS.

Frey said, “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”

It seems he might have gotten this absurd theory from his son Mike, who testified to this “fact” in an argument against gay marriage last year.

Apparently “traditional sex” is immune to this “science.”  And who knew only men were able spread the AIDS virus?

And oral?  Well, we won’t even get into that.

There really aren’t words to describe how insane someone really would have to be in order to believe such nonsense.  The AIDS virus, and how it’s spread, isn’t a “scientific theory.”

This kind of ignorant propaganda is tied back to the 80’s when AIDS and HIV were thought by many to be strictly a “gay virus” to which heterosexuals were immune.

Which I could almost excuse someone for believing back when the virus first emerged in this country and the vast majority of the world knew very little about it.

But in 2014, when we know what AIDS is and how it’s spread, for someone to believe something as preposterous as this is simply inexcusable.

There’s a line between ignorance, stupidity and insanity.  And in my opinion, for someone to honestly believe that AIDS is spread through this ludicrous “sperm enzyme” theory, they have got to be utterly insane.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Really, how is it that people that spread this ignorance are rarely held accountable? This is how we continue to spread ignorance.

    • surfjac

      Because if you try, you are immediately branded “WRONG”, a liar, left wing loon, or some other degrading term. After all, who are you? Someone with a BS in Biology, or Phd. in physics, hold a master’s degree, READ a few journals or you have educated yourself and are knowledgeable about the subject at hand so clearly you can’t have any insights into the subject, right?
      But hey, spout nonsense and you too can be all over the main stream media.
      Gather round lads and lasses, gather round…the idiocracy is coming.

      • Justin Shepherd

        Damn neck beard get out of here and get back on your Christian sites whining how much you hate gays

      • surfjac

        Was that directed at me in earnest? Or was it snark?
        Cuz’ I don’t hate gays and I don’t do ixtian sites. When an expert testifies to something, one usually listens. However, in our current hyper-partisan climate, shills for wealthy interests seem to get a pass on whatever it is they are saying, like this nonsense.

      • Justin Shepherd

        Seemed like you we’re insulting him

      • surfjac

        That’s “..were insulting him” and NO, I wasn’t.
        That was /snark…sarcasm, irony, if a right winger hears someone who IS an expert, he is very likely to not believe said expert. “Hey, right winger? Snow is white!” and the answer comes back, ‘NO IT ISN’T”

  • Justin Shepherd

    Religious nuts summed up right on this page.

  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    Thinking about the many people, both gay and straight, adult and child who have died from this virus. To say things this ignorant is like spitting on their graves! It hurts my heart to hear such drivel, especially since the scientific community and most people, know what causes this dreaded disease and how it spreads. No one is to blame, anymore than blaming polio on people who swam in lakes, which is how some felt the polio virus was spread. Sad and shameful!

  • Jimmy Reynolds

    Next week Mr. Frey will enlighten us about phlogiston theory and geocentric astronomy.

  • Bruce Brown

    Sperm Enzyme. Now thats one I haven’t heard before. Very creative.

    • surfjac

      With a name like “Bruce Brown”, I had to respond.
      As a Bio major in Developmental Biology, I did an entire paper on the developmental and growth cycle of the common blue ribbed mussel, Mytilus edulis. I don’t remember any “sperm enzyme”. The paper was very verbose or so my Professor said.

  • Lan

    I promise you all, the majority of us Minnesotans are not this stupid. And Bachmann is from Iowa lol

  • Brent Albala

    His teabag Taliban constituency will eat this stuff up.

  • Lawrence Devine

    Politicians diagnosing and explaining disease is a wonderful thing. We no longer need medical researchers and doctors, just ask your friendly pol about what ails you. Only in America can we enjoy and benefit from the brilliance of our politicians explaining everything to us.