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Getting the AIDS Message Across Doesn't Have to Abet the




 

Philadelphia Inquirer (01/04/94) P. A6 (Raspberry, William)

A lawsuit over the right to display risque condom ads on subways and trolley cars of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority yielded a ruling that the transit systems are public forums and that the MBTA must, under the First Amendment, display the ads unaltered. William Raspberry, a veteran journalist with the Washington Post, says in an editorial that these particular ads needlessly overstep the boundaries of good taste. He stresses that nobody is against efforts to curb the AIDS epidemic, but that the lawsuit was simply a case of clashing virtues. The conflict was between a particular good and a general good, says Raspberry. AIDS is deadly and incurable, and halting its spread is an unquestionable virtue. However, he asks, at a time when the public is constantly bombarded with the "indecent sexual images" that children watch on cable television, is it so unreasonable to find a way to fight AIDS without further expanding the prevalence of such images? Raspberry is not trivializing AIDS, but he says that using the risque ads for health purposes will only lead to their increased use to sell everything from "cosmetics to cars." AIDS, says Raspberry, is not the only deadly threat to society.



 


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