Thursday, December 01, 2011

Beyond Red Ribbons

World AIDS Day was today. From The Daily Caller we learn that

On Wednesday’s airing of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” the lead singer of the rock band U2 made a plea to host Jon Stewart’s audience for Americans to remain active in the battle to combat AIDS on the eve of World AIDS Day ...

We have also learned that, in the last thirty years, some 30 million people around the world have died of AIDS. There are those who believe that we as a human race are not sufficiently outraged.

Here is why we should be.

AIDS is quite possibly the only disease or condition in the history of modern medicine, where the professional community specifically avoids promoting the avoidance of the behavior that causes it. We tell people to stop smoking to avoid lung cancer. We tell people to stop overeating, and to eat healthy, to avoid obesity. We do NOT tell men to avoid unnatural sexual acts, which are freely admitted by the medical community to be the cause of AIDS.

Until we lose our fear of offending Hollywood or certain other intellectual circles, until we refuse to confuse "hate" with disagreement, until we stop encouraging the very behavior that causes it, there will be no cure for AIDS! The very people who demand it stand in its way. The constant teaching of the Catholic Church regarding human sexuality is not the problem, but the solution. The Church is not the enemy; indeed, one-fourth of the AIDS patients in the world are cared for in Church-affiliated facilities. This is not hatred, but the greatest act of “caritas” -- of love, that can be shown to the world.

With or without celebrity endorsements.

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