Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Religion before safety...again

Okay, let's review.

Religious groups and our President decide that any groups that provide birth control to help stop the pandemic of AIDS in Africa don't get federal funding, even though birth control is one of the more effective methods of preventing the spread of this deadly disease. A lot of Africans are not religious in our sense of the word, and we would rather let them die than help them, because it doesn't conform to the supposed moral sensibilities of this administration.

Secondly, they torpedo the Plan B pill from becoming an over-the-counter medication, even after the FDA two-tiered it, making it OTC only if the buyer was a legal adult. Why did they stop it? "Well, it might invite people to have more sex, and it might make teens more promiscuous," and "It's an abortofacient. It kills life."

Um, I don't know if these people have ever paid attention to the world, but this is already going on! It has been for centuries. The Roman Empire, France, the Saudis, the list goes on of nations that have promiscuity in their history. This isn't a new issue. Teenagers have hormones, and many of them act on those impulses that generate hormones. Sex is a natural part of life, a natural instinct, and those who believe sex is only for procreation shouldn't enforce those beliefs on those who don't. If they don't want to take it, they don't have to take it.

So, even with a prescription requirement for teenagers, the religious conservatives and the President still don't want this to be an OTC drug, even though it is used by people who are single, married, younger, older. It is important that it be taken early after unprotected sex to stop ovulation. Stopping ovulation, hate to tell you, is not abortion. The fetus is never created. It's hard to kill a life that never started.

Now, the same group of people wants to stop FDA approval of a vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus). Why? A spokeswoman for the Family Research Council says that they are all for preventing cancer (HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer), but does it have to be this way? If people knew they could have more sex without risk, then we'd become more promiscuous.

Well, damn. Let's allow deadly diseases to spread (again) because God forbid that people have more sex. What is their hangup over sex, anyways? Are these people willing to say under oath that they haven't had premarital sex and all their married sex was strictly for procreation? Are they willing to swear to God, with a hand on the Bible? I think that number would be low, because we know most of these people are absolute hypocrites in other matters.

It's incredibly obvious that the wall of church and state has come down, because so many decisions by our government today are made based on religious beliefs instead of what is best for all the citizens of the country. I have a strong belief in God, and I thank Him a lot for my blessings: a wonderful fiancee, two beautiful children, a house to live in and food on the table. However, I don't take that and shove it in the face of people who don't want to hear it, or try to stop people from using things that could save their lives. It's not what Jesus would do. He would want to save lives. I want to save lives. Compassion, mercy, forgiveness, not hypocrisy and false piety, are the marks of Jesus Christ. These people have a lot of nerve to call themselves Christians when they would stand by and watch people die for their piety.


Blogger E. M. Zanotti said...

Birth control does nothing to prevent the spread of AIDS. The only countries in which the epidemic of AIDS has been contained are those which have denied condoms, in favor of mandating abstinence. The giant dirty secret of the AIDS epidemic? Its only stopped by NOT HAVING SEX. A big news flash to those who believe that simply wearing a condom protects from STD--they are relatively ineffective. Preventing pregancy, sure. STDS no.

Do you know what Plan B does? Plan B is disasterous to a womans uterus. It could cause sterility, uteran infection, aside from the fact that it is an abortofacient. The FDA has consistently not approved Plan B, despite the push from such organizations as Planned Parenthood. RU-486 is no different. Several women in this country have died from taking it illegally. They bleed to death. Plan B does not stop ovulation. It actually starts the menstrual cycle. It strips the uteran walls. Its a chemical peel for the inside of a womans uterus. Its is not merely a hormonal change, as is present in most birth control pills.

Birth control pills are readily available to almost all people, and mostly for free. That's Planned Parenthoods claim to fame.

Sex is a natural instinct, but as humans we are not obliged to give in to animalism. Sex merely to satisfy lust is nothing more than that. Personal satisfaction. It gives no consideration to the other person, it gives not consideration to the very spiritual and emotional nature of the act. As humans we cannot separate emotion from physical love. The act of sex is not only sacred, it is a special, unique union, and should be held to be sacred. We have demeaned the act of sex to nothing more than a throwaway function of the body, no different from growing hair, or eating. There is obviously a difference.

If you want to have a discussion about sex, you should present the other sides views correctly. Simply because a person rejects promiscuity does not make them a prude. If you have respect for your body, your relationship, and the body and sentiments of another, you view sex as a unitive act. It is a unitive act, and its one with consequences. Sex naturally produces children. Its what sex is FOR, lest it be forgotten. Perhaps this world can never reclaim that respect, but it certainly does not mean that those who exhibit that respect should be ridiculed.

In the Catholic faith, sex has a very deep meaning, tied to the very essence of the Catholic Mandatum: the idea of the inherent dignity of humans, Dignity of the Person. Read Christopher Wests Theology of the Body, or Pope John Paul II's Love and Responsibility. Perhaps then it will be evident to you that treating sex like you treat burping is not only the wrong idea, but its demeaning to your own person.

And incidentally, there is no "wall of separation between Church and State."

9:52 PM  
Blogger Thad said...

Just one thing. The abstinence is not working. Nick Kristof from the Times did a story on this earlier in the year, traveling through Africa, and abstinent couples were still contracting it. If you have Nexis, you can find it.

I'll get to the rest later.

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