This is too darn great not to share. Ryan White's former attorneys published a letter to the editor in the Lafayette Journal and Courier responding to Mike Huckabee's outrageous statements about quarantining AIDS patients. I don't really need to add anything to this one; they speak pretty bluntly... (Hat tip to faithful reader John.)
Full text of the letter after the jump.
Huckabee's AIDS statements astound
We were astounded to hear Mike Huckabee reaffirming his statement in 1992 that people with AIDS should be isolated from the general population.
He said of AIDS that a "deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."
Evidently he did not read any newspapers in 1985, when Ryan White battled to educate the country that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact and that Ryan should be placed in school with the general population.
Ryan White's story was the No. 1 news story, and exercising his civil right to be in the classroom with his fellow students and the education of the public on how AIDS was transmitted were the other issues.
Ryan's story was also the No. 2 most-covered news story in 1986.
Evidently Mr. Huckabee did not read a newspaper in 1985 or 1986.
It seems to us Mr. Huckabee reaffirmation of the statement he made in 1992, that AIDS patients should be isolated, is incomprehensible.
That this man, who is so out of touch with reality, could run for president of the United States is more than disturbing.
Isn't it astounding that someone running for president of the United States could take a position that is so wrong in light of the medical evidence available in 1992?
In 1992, children with AIDS had already been mainstreamed in the classroom for at least five years.
Charles R. Vaughan and Charles V. Vaughan, Ryan White's attorneys
Ouch. Huckabee still hasn't met with Ryan White's mother like he said he would, btw.