Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Well, at least it's "helping"?

Catholic condom ban helping AIDS spread in Latin America, from Reuters via Yahoo! News.

The rapid spread in Latin America of the virus that causes AIDS is made worse by the Roman Catholic Church's stand against using condoms, a U.N. official said on Monday...

"In Latin America the use of condoms has been demonized, but if they were used in every relation I guarantee the epidemic would be resolved in the region," said Alberto Stella, the UNAIDS Coordinator for Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The Catholic Church, which holds sway in Latin America despite the rise in evangelical churches, opposes all forms of contraception and instead promotes abstinence as a way to avoid spreading AIDS.

These Yahoo! headline writers need some help themselves. How about "AIDS pandemic worsened by idiotic policy masked as religious doctrine"? This isn't just a Catholic thing. According to the US Department of State, it is literally the main thrust of "The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief."

I don't remember the passage in the Bible where Jesus said, "Don't talk about sex, and don't use condoms." I do remember Jesus saying something about helping the poor and the sick. Many of the people contracting HIV are poor. And if they weren't poor before, they will be soon because those AZT cocktails are expensive.

That is all. :(


Wendi Muse said...

wow...from defending colonialism to this...what WOULD we do without the catholic church? oh i know, exist happily.

this is ridiculous

Catherine Avril Morris said...

Um, so I clicked on that link about the Prez's plan for stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, and... Well, the ABC plan doesn't quite make sense to me. Is it me, or does the presence of Abstinence and Consistent and Correct Condom use seem Contradictory? I mean, how does one correctly use condoms every time one doesn't have sex? You'd have to wear a condom all the time, all day and night.

Also, this, from the Implementing the ABC Approach page--

(6) the importance of marriage and mutual faithfulness in reducing the transmission of HIV among individuals in long-term relationships

--struck me as hypocritical and funny in that not-at-all-funny way, in that this plan positions marriage as a great anti-HIV action, and yet gay people still can't get married, even though the HIV epidemic hit the gay male community pretty hard...

Bianca Reagan said...

It is ridiculous indeed, wendi.

Contradictory. Hee. The policy also acts like women and men in these heterosexual relationships are being unfaithful in equal measure, which is not true. From what I've seen and read in documentaries and articles, mostly husbands are passing the disease to their wives by way of outside sexual encounters, including prostitution. The real problem--which is the case in many of the world's ills--is poverty combined with the massive worldwide oppression of women.

Dana said...

Bad use of verbage, eh?