Tuesday, October 02, 2007

This counts as crazy

The archbishop of Maputo, Mozambique, Francisco Chimoio, has accused European condom manufacturers of deliberately infecting condoms with HIV "in order to finish quickly the African people," according to the Guardian. About 1 in 6 of Mozambique's 19 million people are infected with HIV.

And I thought some the U.S. bishops were bad. Who picked this guy?

Chimoio is just another, if over the top, example of how the Catholic Church is on the wrong side of the HIV prevention debate. We can insist people behave like angels all we want, but that's no excuse for openly opposing an effective prevention strategy on a continent that already has 40 million orphaned children because of HIV and AIDS. The church's teaching on condom use is not so important that it trumps the need to prevent the spread of a pandemic. And suggesting a deliberate genocide against Africans is hardly the way to attack the real threat that is infecting 500 people in Mozambique every day.


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