This story is an example of a "teachable moment" that follows on the wings of Parent/Child Conversation #4 about brainwashing, propaganda and mind control.
Are you looking for a way to understand how the media presentations and biases are permeating our personal worlds? See Ken Blackwell’s article Elton John's Attack on Missionaries Way Out of Tune
Also see the Voice of America documentary he is talking about here: AIDS: Living in the Shadows.
Most of our kids would not even know the name "Elton John." But for some of us, he remains a name we have known for a generation. And his "work" here will undoubtedly deceive many.
Here are some questions for you to use as you discuss this as a family:
1. Outline Elton John's argumentation.
2. He asserts that stigma is AIDS’ most deadly symptom. How is this flawed?
3. Why do you think he would make such a claim? What are his suppositions?
4. Fast forward and see where this line of reasoning is headed. Do you think the author of this article has identified a significant issue?
Are you taking stories like this in the news and "debriefing" them with your kids? Doug and I are finding this is one of our most important jobs right now to help our children (and us) stand!