Archive for April 1, 2009

Pope’s Got Competition: Taliban Blocks Polio Vacinations

April 1, 2009

The Pope’s not the only Holier Than Thou figure attempting to sabatoge modern medicine. The Taliban is blocking polio vaccinations in Pakistan. Both are religious nut jobs, both are denying scientifically proven methods of preventing illness on the grounds of bronze age superstition, and both like to keep their converts ignorant.

A Taliban spokesman has said:

It is against Islam that you take a medicine before the disease

The Pope said:

(AIDS is) a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems

I’m not seeing much of a difference here. Polio vaccinations are safe and very effective, as are condoms. Religion is the only reason for this absurdity. I would have far fewer problems with religion if it wasn’t so immoral.

Dawkins Calls Pope “Dim”

April 1, 2009

Professor Ricahrd Dawkins has called the Pope dim for making the comment that condom use only worsens the problem of AIDs. And I wholehearted agree. I would also add irresponsible and downright cruel to the list of adjectives.

Speaking at a university in Spain, he said: “I wonder on what basis anyone can say condoms make Aids worse. The Pope is either stupid, ignorant or dim.

Atheists aren’t the only ones criticizing the Pope’s statements, other Catholics are, too.

the Roman Catholic Bishop of Porto Manuel Clemente said condoms in such cases are ‘not only recommendable, they can be ethically obligatory.’

Any sane person should take a stand against the Pope’s ignorance. Many Catholics do by simply ignoring it, but that’s not enough. As long as he knows that he can say anything no matter how ignorant without the slightest hint of losing members, he will go right on giving bogus medical advice. Even on religious grounds he has not standing. Nowhere does the Bible say that we should be irresponsible when having sex, nowhere does it say that sperm cannot be blocked by a latex shield.

And, of course, by criticizing the Pope I’m not dissing Catholics, I’m dissing Joseph Ratzinger, a man that works for the Catholic Church.