I’m not easily shocked. Really. But I have to say that the hairs rose on the back on my neck when I saw this:
A catholic NGO, calling itself Human Life International, has put up three of these billboards in Tanzania. It’s president, Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, crows about this achievement on a Catholic web site, and immediately sticks his hand out for cash:
Now that you see the impact our billboards are having, I need you to send HLI the largest gift you can so we can spread this program to every one of the 55 nations on the continent of Africa!
The cost to do so is prohibitive … $6,000 per country (that’s how much we sent Emil Hagamu, our man in Tanzania, to erect the three billboards) … times 55 countries … equals $330,000! That money will enable HLI to erect three billboards in each country.
He is lauded by promoters of the wider spread of HIV, such as Jill Stanek, whose grasp on epidemiology is a feeble as her moral logic. To Jill’s credit, she’s one of the few of the anti-condom evangelists who actually allows comments on her site. Others, such as Brown Pelican, Doug Laurence et al propagate this stuff without allowing others to have their say. Tanzanians themselves are appalled by the billboards’ insidious suggestion that condoms do not protect against HIV. Read this editorial from The Citizen, for example.
On the “clouds and silver linings” front, I suppose I could say that Human Life International are equal opportunity slanderers. Because after all, doesn’t this poster also suggest that if you’re faithful, you’ll end up a skeleton sooner rather than later?