AIDS Is Not A Moral Disease03.17.09
This is one of the main problems I have with blind religious dogma. Instead of seeing the AIDS epidemic as what it is – a biological disease – Pope Benedict XVI clouds the issue in morality. AIDS is not a punishment to gays and those who engage in premarital or extramarital sex so can we please just get over it. People have sex outside of marriage. Deal with it.
The Pope doesn’t believe that condoms are a good defense in the battle with AIDS in Africa. In face, he goes even further:
”You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane heading to Yaounde. ”On the contrary, it increases the problem.”
Maybe it increases the moral problems of trying to live under ridiculous Catholic rule, but the Pope shows just how completely ignorant he is about simple biology with his grossly incorrect statement. I understand that his job is to look out for the spiritual health of his congregation, but he’s completely overstepping his bounds and entering the secular realm of science where he has absolutely no relevance.
”The saving message of the Gospel needs to be proclaimed loud and clear so that the light of Christ can shine into the darkness of people’s lives,” Benedict said as the president and other political leaders looked on.
What does that even mean!? How does that help anything or anyone at all? The political, social, and biological conflicts going on in Africa require much more help than merely spreading the Gospel. He goes on to clarify:
The pope also said Tuesday he intends to make an appeal for ”international solidarity” for Africa in the face of the global economic downturn. He said while the church does not propose specific economic solutions, it can give ”spiritual and moral” suggestions.
Oh right. I’m sure those suggestions really will help everyone in the long run. You might live under a genocidal dictator but at least you’ll go to heaven. It’s like the mentality of the Dark Ages. I think it’s time for a Second Enlightenment. It’s time for science and the arts and the thirst for knowledge.
Might as well have that start in Africa. Telling a woman who contracted AIDS from her unfaithful husband that condoms won’t help is not going to solve the epidemic. Let’s leave that to the world’s health organizations, not the church.