Thursday, January 25, 2007

More Pope Poop

Pope Benedict said on Wednesday that the media were "perverse" and harmed children when they exalted violence and trivialized human sexuality in the name of entertainment.


Well, no. What's perverse is telling millions of people that it's better to get pregnanat AND get HIV than to prevent both. What's perverse is telling people that contracting a terminal disease is a fair price for doing nothing more than what millions of years of evolution has programed us to do. What's perverse is suggesting that it's better to conceive a child you can't afford to feed, die, and leave behind yet another AIDS orphan than to disregard the instructions of a bunch of priveledged, celibate (yeah, right) crypt-keepers who have never lived in the real world anyway.

Show me where in the Bible is says "Thou shalt not put latex on thine dick." Yeah, that's what I thought.

10 comments:

ZB said...

Show me where in the Bible is says "Thou shalt not put latex on thine dick."
Just under the bit where it explains how jesus walked on water with the aid of a sheet of glass...

Homo Escapeons said...

This from the CEO of a Corporation that has to shut down smaller 'outlets' in order to secure funds to pay off thousands of people who were systematically molested for generations by their local parish operators!!

The absolute apex of hypocrisy.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

I suppose I'm tripping over my rhetoric again, but my point was this: You cannot use the writings of people who lived 1500-2000 years ago as a guide to making ethical decisions about situations which they could not possibly have fathomed. We're having the same problem in America with the 2nd amendment to the constition. There are those who argue that the rules put down by the Founders are the only rules that are useful in the 21st century. The rest of us realize that a 200 year old guidebook needs to be adapted and changed in order to make sane, rational laws to govern modern society. By that same token, it is not reasonable to use the Bible as a guide to ethical decisions about situations it's writers were incapable of imagining any more than you or I could write a book of morals for an alien society we've never heard of.

llewtrah said...

The church (all variants) is trying to cling on in a world where it is becoming increasingly irrelevant. It should bite the bullet and have a major overhaul to make it relevant. It isn't ever going to stop people having recreational sex with people they aren't married to. There is evidence that homsexuality is influenced by genetics and by conditions in utero (maybe nature requires "non-breeding" individuals in the same way that wolves, meerkats, marmosets and other species have non-breeding individuals that help raise the alpha female's young?)

Michael said...

I love you even more for this post.

The church's policies in Africa are reprehensible, and that's obvious to anyone thinking freely. To justify it by blindly following a Bronze Age text (that, incidentally, condemns eating shellfish as an abomination right along with my sexual proclivities) is, as you say, completely perverse and shameful.

And don't even get me started on His Holy Closet Case and his red Prada loafers.

No Shit Sherlock said...

All together now!
Every sperm is saaacred, every sperm is great.
If a sperm is waaasted, God gets quite iraaaate.

It would be more amusing if it wasn't so serious...

Billy said...

Why would someone who didn't listen to the church and have extra-marital sex listen to what the church says about contraception?

Michael said...

Marriage is not the issue. People are going to have sex, Billy, it's the biological imperative. The Catholic Church in Africa is in the unique position (has PLACED itself in the unique position) of being almost the only source of education for many of these people. They've chosen to withhold knowledge of and access to contraception. When one of every three people are HIV+, this is akin to being an accomplice to genocide, in my opinion.

Billy said...

"Some Catholic clergymen have argued that the use of condoms to stem the spread of the disease would be a "lesser of two evils"."

Phew, there are some sensible Catholic clergymen out there. Well, less stupid ones anyway.

Pargolo said...

Don't you also find his comment on the media harming children ironic in the light that in the UK the catholic charities are not going to adopt to gay couples?

I wonder if the Church really has children's best interests at heart here. I am a law student in the US who worked with a asst. DA who was responsible for the Catholic sex scandal investigation in a major american city. Can I tell you how depressing/maddening the factfindings were? I'm against death penalty, but it made me want to take some of those clergy (the doers and the protectors) out back and shoot them.