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BECAUSE, we are members of the interdependent web of existence and therefore
responsible for one another and for the society in which we live; and
WHEREAS, on Friday, June 20, 1986, the US Department of Justice, Office of
Legal Counsel, concluded that an employer's fear of the spread of AIDS, whether
reasonable or not, constitutes grounds for dismissal; and
WHEREAS, this opinion is clearly contrary to the spirit of Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the September 1985 ruling of the US Court of
Appeals for the 11th Circuit; and
WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control and other experts and researchers
working with AIDS have repeatedly and emphatically stated that the
HTLV-III/LAV/HIV virus cannot be transmitted by casual contact; and
WHEREAS, there have been no documented cases of AIDS transmitted to
co-workers, health care workers, family or friends in routine contact with
persons with AIDS or persons tested positive for the HTLV-III/LAV/HIV
WHEREAS, the Justice Department opinion is a gross violation of civil rights
and could apply to as many as two million Americans who currently would test
positive for the HTLV-III/LAV/HIV antibodies;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1986 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association opposes discrimination based on AIDS, the fear of AIDS,
or the presence of the HTLV-III/LAV/HIV antibodies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be sent immediately to
the President of the United States, the US Attorney General, and all members of
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That UUA Canadian societies study the parallels in
Canada, and take action in a manner consonant with the intent of this
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the UUA, its member societies and affiliate
organizations be urged to promote programs which provide education about the
cause of AIDS, how AIDS is transmitted, the real risks of casual contact and
which generally increase community awareness about AIDS; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: That the UUA, its member societies and affiliate
organizations be urged to support such action as will ensure the civil rights of
persons with AIDS and those who test positive to the HTLV-III/LAV/HIV
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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