AIDS Propaganda: We Can Teach our Kids

Lisa Cherry —  August 11, 2014

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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!

  • Cynthia

    I appreciate all that you do to help equip families for strong Kingdom work. Thank you!
    In the years I have been following you, this is the first time I disagree. The stigma of AIDS is stifling. This is more than merely the "gay man's disease". Most people's information regarding HIV/AIDS has not changed since the 1980's. A highly informative and helpful website to check out is I, of course, want to discuss the pitfalls of considering HIV/AIDS through a secular worldview. However, I also want my children to grasp the full picture of this disease, complete with medical breakthroughs and how they can resist enabling the stigma.

    Thank you so much for your time!


    • Lisa Cherry

      I am so glad you called this to my attention! I did need to see this!!
      You are raising a great point....I am going to spread the word about this in an upcoming post!