Now, in the twentieth century, in the most developed, educated, literate, democratic country, such idiots have influence – tremendous influence – over people, over government, over the president, over the senators in the parliament. It hurts. It really gives me great sadness.
This man is saying that abortions should be illegal in a world which is already overpopulated, too overpopulated. Where one thousand people are dying every day in Ethiopia. Where fifty percent of Indians will soon be going into the same situation. Where the third world is all poor, undernourished. These people go on saying that abortion should be illegal. The pope is doing it in South Africa, where the birth rate is the highest in the world, and the people are so poor. He is propagating that birth control methods should not be used, they are against God.
But these people have a strange kind of God. This man Falwell is saying that homosexuality should be prohibited, that AIDS is a punishment from God for homosexuals. I am amazed. For the first time God seems to be in favor of women! Lesbians are not suffering from AIDS. For the first time, God is no longer a male chauvinist.
Why are you so concerned about AIDS?
I am concerned because it is going to destroy the whole of humanity. It is far more dangerous than your nuclear weapons because nuclear weapons may never be used – for the simple reason that it means global suicide, and nobody wants global suicide. A war is significant only when you can be victorious and somebody can be defeated. If in a war there is nobody who is victorious and nobody who is defeated, war has lost all meaning.
We are living in a postwar era. The Third World War will be continuously talked about, so that people can remain frightened and the politicians can go on doing whatever they want to do. But it is not going to happen. What is going to happen is AIDS, which is in fact a religious disease for which your God is responsible, your pope is responsible, Reverend Jerry Falwell is responsible, Billy Graham is responsible – because these are the people who have perverted the human mind.
Homosexuality was born in monasteries, because you are forcing men to live together without any women. There are monasteries where not a single woman has entered for one thousand years. And women have to be kept away in their nunneries, where men cannot enter. Now, you cannot go against nature. Your body does not know that you are a Catholic, that you are a fundamentalist Christian, that you are a Hindu or a Mohammedan. Your body knows nothing. The body does not know that you have taken a vow of celibacy. The body goes on producing blood, bones, sex energy. It knows nothing about celibacy.