Bet Their Lives! Promote Condoms.

World AIDS Day was Dec. 1, and coming as it did so soon after Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Africa, it reminded me of the old argument against Catholics. We’re supposedly so unbending in our hatred of the condom that we are condemning people to death by venereal disease.

Actually, the opposite is true: Condom promoters are so unbending in their love of the condom that they are condemning people to death by venereal disease.

After the old argument was fired against Pope Benedict XVI in his last trip to Africa, I tried to argue that pro-condom arguments are stupid and to demonstrate that research shows condoms promotions make AIDS worse, but I’m afraid that none of that phases condom promoters.

It’s like condom promoters are in the grip of some kind of insanity. And ultimately, the only hope you have for someone in the grips of insanity is to hold up a mirror and hope they recoil in horror from what they see.

Perhaps this “Bet Their Lives!” ad campaign can serve as a kind of mirror. It works even if “betting their lives” just means their health, their plans, their hopes, their relationships, or their emotional and spiritual wellness.

First: A reminder that condom use is entirely dependent on the responsibility of those who are supposed to use them. And who (in the first year of sexual activity, anyway) usually don’t.

Second: A reminder that kids, when they are out having fun, for instance with friends in their car, tend to behave even less responsibly. The heat of passion doesn’t improve their reflectiveness.

Third: A reminder that we as a society normally understand the value of attaching taboos to dangerous behaviors, even when we know a significant number of kids will still push the envelope.

Fourth: A reminder to parents that when that little voice whispers “You don’t have to worry about your kids. They’re special!” you should ignore that voice.

Fifth and last: another appeal to common sense.



  • Rose

    You guys are awesome over there at CatholicVote!! Someone is surely saying all of their prayers because I can see the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in all of your work. Praying for you to never stop fighting for our faith and especially our kids.

  • Therese

    So – where can I order these posters for my High School science classes?!?!?

  • Kelly

    I abstained from sex until I married at 25. I never got pregnant or an STD.
    My husband did not, but he used condoms with every women he had sex with. He got herpes at
    22 and has no idea who gave it to him or how he was exposed as always used condoms.
    This STD had affected our marriage for 20 years. When pregnant (4 children) I have had to use antiviral drugs that have made me sick. When in labor I’ve had to have a special iv drip with antiviral drugs that burned and added to the pain of labor.
    Through our marriage we have abstained from sex when he is broken out or feels one coming on. Thankfully I haven’t gotten it.
    I wish he had abstained from sex as well until marriage and had not thought a condom would protect him from STD’S.

  • Sally B.

    I was attacked a while back when the freebie site I subscribe to had an offering for a free condom. When I politely said that I was disappointed that they would offer this, being so controversial, I was told I was nosy and “trying to tell me how to run my site!” I believe there’s a saying: the first response to the truth is anger. Isn’t that true!!

    BTW, my response to this person was that no, I’m not telling them what to do; I’m someone who bothered to look deeper into the condomania going on and get the truth, and I urged them to do the same.



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