Many people who rightly support a world war on AIDS do so, not because of their concern for others, but because of concern for themselves. They see the existence of AIDS as a threat to their sexual freedom. And that is why they fight to preserve abortion. They see the non-existence of abortion as a threat to their sexual freedom. Their problem is not intellectual. It is a basic issue of self-control, which lies at the heart of many human tragedies.
And that is why, as great as he was, C.S. Lewis was incorrect when he said that ?The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins.? Our decisions about sexual morality can affect our decisions about much more important issues. These seemingly minor transgressions can produce a callous indifference to the plight of the unborn.
But what we need is more than a lecture on sexual morality. We need a unified effort to end the two greatest human rights tragedies of our time, which are unquestionably the twin epidemics of abortion and AIDS. And more than anything, we need a president who is committed to ending both of these tragedies.
In that sense, George W. Bush may be the greatest humanitarian of our time. And some might call him our first black president.
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