Ah, San Francisco. You'll be tickled to learn that the town that
spawned judges who think uttering "one nation, under God" in a
government-run school is an unconstitutional vulgarity, from which every
delicate child must be shielded, is the same town that just hatched
government-sponsored ads featuring a smiling cartoon penis with syphilis
I am not making this up.
The city used $50,000 in taxpayer funds to create a "whimsical"
public awareness project called "Healthy Penis 2002." (Motto: "Making every
penis a healthy penis.") Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, the city's director of
sexually transmitted disease control, told the San Francisco Chronicle this
week that the ads were "sex positive" and "fun" because that's what "the
community" wanted. "What we're hearing from community and focus groups is
people felt the message would resonate better if it were presented in a
lighter way," Klausner explained.
A private company that owns bus shelters in the Castro district,
the city's homosexual enclave targeted by the ad campaign, objected to the
use of the pockmarked penis in the ads. The owner worried about the effect
the explicit ads might have on children. At least someone did.
The city agreed to remove the private part from the bus shelter
ads, but crusading health officials will publish the original
taxpayer-subsidized ads in gay newspapers in time for a "gay pride"
celebration in the Bay Area this weekend.
Meanwhile, federal funds have poured into the coffers of groups
such as the Stop AIDS Project of San Francisco, which received nearly
$700,000 from the Centers for Disease Control to conduct events such as the
"Great Sex Workshop," "Leatherf---" and "Booty Call," which obscenely
promote sexual activity among young men. In February, according to Citizens
Against Government Waste, the Bay Area group also sponsored "GUYWATCH: Blow
by Blow," a seminar whose advertising read, in part: "What tricks do you
want to share to make your man tremble with delight?"
Now, I am all for combating AIDS and syphilis, and for trying to
persuade recklessly irresponsible men to stop engaging in rampant
unprotected sex with multiple partners recruited from sex clubs, adult
bookstores, bathhouses and the Internet -- which is how experts believe the
syphilis resurgence in San Francisco (as well as San Diego, Florida, Boston
and Chicago) has come about. But making sexual whimsy of a dreadfully
contagious disease, and forcing taxpayers to subsidize the feel-good
indulgence of homosexual and bisexual activists, violates common sense and
Even Los Angeles County health officials were turned off by the
Healthy Penis campaign. "We decided that, on balance, the likely benefit in
terms of reaching the population we're trying to reach didn't outweigh the
downside of those people that would find this objectionable," said John
Schunhoff, L.A.'s chief of public health operations, which rejected the
Healthy Penis ads.
Not that its own substitute was much better. The City of Angels
is spending nearly $400,000 on a government-backed campaign featuring
"Phil," a bumpy, red cartoon syphilis sore with silver shoes and an earring,
who will appear as a life-size mascot throughout the county. The city also
plans to pay for the creation and distribution of 40,000 squeezable 3-inch
Phil the Syphilis Sore toys. Ick.
These are amazing times. While federal courts collaborate with
atheist zealots to expunge every innocuous mention of religion from the
public square under the guise of protecting the fragile self-esteem of
unbelievers and their vulnerable children, taxpayers are forced to pay for
"sex positive" propaganda spread from public streets to public schools. We
are one nation, under godlessness, with government-subsidized cartoon canker
dolls and booty calls for all.