As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Pope's Decree To Bring More Death To DC

The fact that HIV infections in our nation's capital are at rates high than those in West Africa should be distasteful and horrifying to every American. D.C. has no representation in Congress and 535 members of the "Board of Supervisors" who like to meddle in things like their gun laws, but ignore the serious problems of poverty and education that lead to these tragic outcomes. It's a problem in the black community that nobody likes to talk about, and the rates rise in direct proportion to the neglect. The biggest weapon to combat this problem is awareness

And then we have the defenders of ignorance.

Pope Benedict XVI says the distribution of condoms is not the answer in the fight against AIDS.

Benedict insisted that the church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS in Africa. He spoke Tuesday aboard the papal plane on his way to Africa, his first trip to the continent as pontiff.

Benedict said "you can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms." He said that "on the contrary it increases the problem."
The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of disease.

Improper education is now a killer in at-risk communities, and the Vatican knows this. The Pope was referring to Africa but he might as well have been referring to Washington, DC. He spreads falsehoods and ignorance, and given his authority he becomes an accomplice to the pain, suffering and death. It's unconscionable.

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