Everyone knows what AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is. But not everyone may be familiar with its history. They may also not know this: it is perhaps the nation’s only politically protected disease. 
GRID: gay-related immunodeficiency disease.
Political pressure forced government scientists to name the disease “AIDS”.
A CHURCH FIREBOMBED
Before the outbreak was discovered in 1981, a church in San Francisco hired a member of the church to be the organist. After being hired, the organist told the pastor that he was gay. The church fired him, and the man sued. After spending $100,000 on the defense, the courts ruled in favor of the church.  Afterwards, the church was vandalized continuously, and eventually someone tried to burn the church down.
The organist was fired in 1978. The pastor wrote a book describing the attempted firebomb attacks called When The Wicked Seize A City.
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