Surprise, surprise: Common sense is just that

What are the chances that a married person who is faithful to his or her spouse is going to contract AIDS? Pretty much zero. Common sense would therefore tell you that the best way to avoid contracting AIDS would be to abstain from sexual intercourse outside the confines of marriage.

Apparently this is not so obvious to people like Rebecca Hodes, head of policy, communications and research for the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa. WND reports that she “blasted the pope for not advocating wide access to condoms as a means of combating AIDS.” Commenting to the AP, she said, “His opposition to condoms conveys that religious dogma is more important to him than the lives of Africans.”

WND reports, however, that “a senior Harvard research scientist confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI, who endured heavy criticism for declaring that condom distribution programs worsen the AIDS epidemic in Africa, was actually correct.”

“There is,” Green added, “a consistent association shown by our best studies, including the U.S.-funded ‘Demographic Health Surveys,’ between greater availability and use of condoms and higher (not lower) HIV-infection rates. This may be due in part to a phenomenon known as risk compensation, meaning that when one uses a risk-reduction ‘technology’ such as condoms, one often loses the benefit (reduction in risk) by ‘compensating’ or taking greater chances than one would take without the risk-reduction technology.”

…In Uganda, according to a report in Science magazine, teaching about AIDS and promoting monogamy has led to a dramatic turnaround in the country’s AIDS epidemic.

“Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is preventable if populations are mobilized to avoid risk,” states the report’s summary. “Despite limited resources, Uganda has shown a 70 percent decline in HIV prevalence since the early 1990s, linked to a 60 percent reduction in casual sex. The response in Uganda appears to be distinctively associated with communication about [AIDS] through social networks. Despite substantial condom use and promotion of biomedical approaches, other African countries have shown neither similar behavioral responses nor HIV prevalence declines of the same scale. The Ugandan success is equivalent to a vaccine of 80 percent effectiveness.”

It would appear, then, that it is Ms. Hodes, not the Pope, who is more interested in dogma (in her case that of free sex) than in saving lives. Yet another case of a liberal projecting her own ulterior motives/character flaws onto others.

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4 Responses to “Surprise, surprise: Common sense is just that”

  1. Ash888 says:

    Liberals generally have much lower standards and expectations for people than conservatives do. Libs tend to think of people as “mouths” that consume resources and destroy the planet, and need to be dependent. Whereas conservatives see people as “minds” who can create wealth and improve the planet when motivated to do so.

  2. Kansas Bob says:

    I think that I agree with Roland Martin when he says:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/18/martin.condoms/index.html

    In response to written questions from reporters, the pope said this about HIV/AIDS: “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.”

    He is absolutely correct that condoms are not the solution to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. He is also 100 percent correct that the only surefire way of stopping HIV/AIDS, when it comes to sex, is to practice abstinence. That is clearly within the teachings of the Bible and the Catholic Church, and he will find no disagreement from me.

    Now the reality.

    People are having sex. Catholics are having sex. Heck, some Catholic priests have abandoned their oath and have had sex.

    As a layman and the husband of a pastor, I know the difference between utopia and reality, and it is the responsibility of the faith community to deal with the real world.

    And frankly, Pope Benedict clearly shows he doesn’t get it.

    What we need today are our church leaders preaching, teaching and imploring their members not to go to bed with anyone and everyone. We also need church leaders who are willing to stand up and tell folks that if they do choose to sin — that’s what the church and other faith leaders consider sex outside of marriage — then you had better take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

    Folks, there is nothing in the Bible about wearing a seat belt. But it would be foolish of any pastor not to tell his or her members to use the safety device when driving. Churches all across the country trust and love their fellow members, but you can bet that an accountant is employed by many churches to ensure that no one is stealing the tithes and offerings.

    Pope Benedict surely loves God and sees him as his protector and provider, but he goes nowhere without armed bodyguards. The pope has to know that murder is against God’s will. He has to believe that every person has the choice to be a moral and upstanding person. Yet not everyone abides by those religious views, and his security is there to prevent him from being harmed.

    • casey says:

      Hmmm, I must have missed the part where he showed that driving was a sin. Pastors are supposed to tell their congregations to protect themselves if they’re going to sin? I can see the new slogan at churches everywhere: “Sin smart or sin not.”

      I disagree. The Harvard researcher noted “a consistent association shown by our best studies, including the U.S.-funded ‘Demographic Health Surveys,’ between greater availability and use of condoms and higher (not lower) HIV-infection rates.” That flies directly in the face of what Martin is saying.

  3. Ryan says:

    Common sense is not all that common. I side with the Pope. It’s all about education. If people can at least gain an understanding of the risk inherent they would be less likely to engage in risky activities.

    Ryan