Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Week in Crazy

I have the best intentions of making "The Week in Crazy" a regular feature on Whiskey Wednesday, but, whew, the last couple weeks... Anyway, I once again have not had time for a compilation - unfortunately not because there isn't plenty o' crazy, unbelievable shit going on in Jesusland. I think this report takes the cake though, so perhaps it'll hold you til next week. It's crazy, but also scary and very sad.

President Bush's $15 billion effort to fight AIDS has handed out nearly
one-quarter of its grants to religious groups, and officials are aggressively
pursuing new church partners that often emphasize disease prevention through
abstinence and fidelity over condom use. [source]
Furthermore, it appears that many of these groups know NOTHING about HIV/AIDS education and prevention. In some cases, especially in Africa, they may be doing more harm than good.

There can be a place for religious organizations in such efforts and no doubt there are some terrific "faith-based" organizations that are doing a great job at AIDS prevention. However, if you think the lion's share of this 25% (and growing) isn't going to ideologs – if you don't see that the federal government is using this effort to directly fund Christian proselytizing – then it's time for you to pull your head out of your ass.


At 1/31/2006 12:37 PM, Blogger spantalk said...


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