Friday, September 23, 2011

Is the Pope Responsible for the Deaths of Millions of Africans?

"If the Catholic Church's teachings against condoms are causing millions of Africans to contract AIDS, we should expect to see heavily-Catholic countries with far higher AIDS rates than their non-Catholic counterparts," notes Joe Heschmeyer, who "decided to compare the rates by region and by country" — Catholic impact on AIDS in Africa.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Since Blogger's "Links to this post" thingy doesn't seem to be working, I thought I'd let you know that I've linked to this post at Notes from underground: Aids, Atheists, Condoms and Catholics

September 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

File these ruminations as "stuff white people like."

Roman Catholicism in Africa is distinctly different than in the US. When it's time to find a new bishop, it sometimes proves excruciatingly difficult to find a priest who is not in a relationship with a women or women. The thinking is that priests can stray but it's poor taste if a bishop isn't chaste. Blind eyes are turned to polygamy among the faithful, nuns are raped by priests fairly often, and gays are more unpopular than on this blog.

Comparing Catholic countries in Africa, most of which were French colonies (the Portuguese colonies are often the worst basketcases) with Protestant countries, who mostly were British colonies, is very unlikely to be a measure of the efficacy of a religion, and much more the measure of how poor the countries are today. When the British left, they really left, unlike the French. And their former wards such as Uganda and Zim really fell apart.

In any event, a blogger who writes "But the graph is skewed by the presence of two countries: Somalia and Djibouti. Both are majority-Muslim countries set on the Persian gulf" never mind that Djibouti is 1000 miles away from the Persian Gulf can hardly care about getting his facts right, or for that matter even checked.

September 24, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Thanks, Steve. Not sure how to get that working.

F-X, I think you're right. It seems to me that the Muslims have us morally beat on the Dark Continent, in no small part because they've been there longer.

September 24, 2011 at 11:39 PM  

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