Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Irksome Things

Click here for a disturbing article from Reuters on the current "condom crisis" in Uganda. Whoever wrote the article makes some bonehead comments, but the mentality manifested and described by the article is equally stupid.

Ugandans use between 80 and 100 million condoms annually as part of the country's anti-HIV/AIDS strategy of ABC - Abstain [from sex], be faithful [to one partner] or use a condom. That strategy, according to the government, has helped reduce infection rates from as high as 30 percent in the early 1990s, to about 6 percent currently.

That strategy? I'm a little confused, but it seems that there's two completely opposite strageties conflated as one here, unless you're supposed to wear a condom while being abstinent, which I don't think would constitute any sort of sinful behavior, but certainly would be unnecessarily uncomfortable.

And the article ends on a frustratingly broad misappropriation:
The use of condoms has universally been promoted as an effective way of stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Universally... except for the majority of Orthodox Christians on the planet.

I heard about this story when I was sitting in my barber chair, listening to Rush Limbaugh. He also quoted a source, in an unrelated tangent, that said apparently 95% of all Union dued payed in America fund the Democratic party. I don't know the source, but its an interesting tidbit.


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