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.
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