Thursday, March 19, 2009

Papal Bull

The "infallible" Pope Benedict spreads bullshit about the spread of AIDS.

"Benedict told reporters on his flight Tuesday to Cameroon that a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease.

"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," he said. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."

That is just a blatantly false statement. In the secular world, we call that a lie.

You CAN prevent the spread of AIDS with condoms and this DOES NOT increase the problem.

It is unconscionably irresponsible to have someone like Pope Benedict travelling to Third World countries spreading lies that will kill people.

On the same trip, there is this little tidbit.

"[Pope] Benedict said that while the Catholic church in Africa is the fastest growing in the world, it faces competition from increasingly popular evangelical movements and "the growing influence of superstitious forms of religion."

"...superstitious forms of religion?"

As opposed to what other kinds of religion, exactly?

Fact based religions?

Religions that rely on empirical evidence verified by objective, independently repeatable experiments that back up their claims rather than medieval liturgy, unquestioning dogma, ancient ceremony and repetitive tradition?

Let me be crystal clear.

There is absolutely no difference whatsoever between Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Grecco-Roman Polytheism, Paganism, Wicca, Druidism, Ancestor worship, The Illuminati, The Single Bullet Theory, Shamanism, Oswald Acted Alone, Astrology, Sun Gods, Gaia worship, Satanism, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, elves, hobbits, werewolves, Elvis managing the Casey's in Orrick, Sasquatch, anal-probing aliens on UFOs or vampires.

They all require a leap of faith. There is not a single one of those belief systems that can stack up any more objective evidence than any of the other belief systems to prove it's superiority.

And that's O.K.

Believe whatever the fuck you want.

But don't use your beliefs to spread lies that kill people.

Because that's just being a dick.

Don't be a dick.


I Travel for JOOLS said...

I have to agree on this one about condoms.

Anonymous said...

AS opposed to the atheistic myth that existence, life, and mind itself can in turn be explained by mindless processes.

Anyone actually familiar with mainstream opposed to pop science on atheistic web sites...knows that the origin of the universe can not be expalined, even in principle (hint: the "big bang" deals with a period of expanison after the intial creation, at which point the laws of science break down).

The creation of life from non life is not explainable either. Name one example of life coming from non life.

Explain the biochemistry of that event.

Show your work.

Thanks in advance!

The Anti Atheist Resistance Front.

Dexter Colt said...

So, anonymous, are you looking for XO to explain the origin of the universe to you?

In the same vein, anon, how would you explain the origin of God or a higher power? I mean, if you can't have something from nothing then where did that sentient power come from? Explain away...

Good post XO. Dead on about the Condoms. I went to a Jesuit college and even one of the Jesuits suggested that the Catholic Church's stance against condoms was silly.

Spyder said...

Photo on the right is scarier!