I know it’s not the nicest thing to say, but I don’t give a flying fuck (plus I never claimed to be nice).
From USA Today:
Benedict had never directly addressed condom use, though his position is not new. His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, often said that sexual abstinence — not condoms — was the best way to prevent the spread of the disease.
Benedict said that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS.
"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."
The pope said that a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease.
About 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with HIV, according to UNAIDS. In 2007, three-quarters of all AIDS deaths worldwide were there, as well as two-thirds of all people living with HIV.
This is just ridiculous for all the obvious reasons and I am infuriated by the common response that religion should come before practicality.
The pope also doesn’t acknowledge that a lot of people in Africa don’t have the freedom to make “morally responsible” decisions. Most of these women are raped or given HIV from their husbands.
How in the hell is abstinence a solution to that?
It’s just another sign to me that religion is completely unnecessary and does’ just as much damage as anything helpful.
From the adulation of Mother Teresa (for essentially allowing people to suffer in horrible conditions while using prayer where antibiotics would be more appreciated) to the reverence of the pope (who lifted the excommunication of a British bishop who denies most of the holocaust and yet excommunicated a child for having an abortion in order to survive), religion is a pathetic.