To be fair, other religious traditions require their clergy to abstain from sex, and they were no better able to enforce such a rule. Still, if the Roman Church hasn't been able to enforce such a thing for nearly a millenium--and, for about half of that time, it was the single most powerful organization on the face of the Earth (some argue that it still is)--how can any American governmental agency, even one with the expertise and resources of the Food and Drug Administration, do it?
Maybe I shouldn't ask. The fact that they think they can is incredibly naive or monumentally arrogant--or just plain creepy. And funny, in a warped, if not dark sort of way.
So, who does the FDA want to be chaste? Blood donors. Let me qualify that: They say they're willing to lift the three-decade-old ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood (enacted just as the AIDS epidemic was gathering steam) on the condition that they are celibate for a year before parting with their blood.
I really want to know how they expect to enforce such a policy. Will phlebotomists have to ask men their sexual orientation? If so, how would they do that--orally, with a written questionnaire, or in some other way? Or will background checks be conducted on would-be donors?