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.