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The Justice Department wants you to get AIDS and die

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If you live in South Carolina and are sent to prison, that is. J. Christian Adams — remember him? — writes in the Washington Examiner:

Two unpleasant topics of conversation most of us avoid are the epidemic of HIV/AIDS among prison inmates and a variety of sometimes violent events resulting in transmission of the disease. Some states long ago implemented policies to protect the uninfected part of the prison population while providing exceptional medical treatment and counseling to the infected population.

In South Carolina, it has worked so well since 1998 that there has only been a single transmission of HIV/AIDS to a noninfected prisoner. All that may change, however, thanks to a threat from Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

South Carolina received a letter from the now-infamous Civil Rights Division that the policy of keeping infected inmates at a designated facility, instead of scattered across the state in the general prison population, may unfairly stigmatize infected prisoners. To the Obama political appointees in the Civil Rights Division, this constitutes discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act… Naturally, DOJ has threatened a lawsuit.

That’s right: Stopping the spread of AIDS and treating those infected is a civil rights violation. Because then everybody knows you have AIDS, and that’s a lot worse than, like, keeping other people from getting it. What makes them so special?

This comes on the heels of such DOJ public-relations hits as “Stopping People from Using Kindles Because Blind People Can’t” and “Letting the New Black Panthers Do Whatever They Want In Front of a Polling Place.” Is it 2012 yet?

Jim Treacher