Because I am a hellbound, critic of religion.....and an unapologetic athiest unafraid to point out hypocrisy, lies, or anti-scientific, supernaturalistic rhetoric wherever I see it.....I have often been labeled an anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish bigot.
That's fine, of course,...I'm not bigoted towards any specific religion or denomination, let alone the folks who sit in the pews.....but this is America, and people have every right to say whatever they want to.
Just like these guys....
Setting aside for now Tucker's introductory statement that Obama's appointee to the Faith Based Initiative Counsel was a, "continuation in a long list of radical appointees by this president..."
What did Obama's appointee, Harry Knox, appointed back in March, actually say about the Pope's comprehension of the connection between condom-use and HIV-AIDS prevention?
In the video clip, Knox was responding to a question over a previous comment he made concerning condom-use and HIV-AIDS prevention. Knox had said something like this.....Pope Benedict is "hurting people in the name of Jesus" because the Pope did not support the promotion of condom-use as a method of controlling the spread of HIV-AIDS.
Q: "Do you believe the Pope's position on condoms is still 'hurting people in the name of Jesus?.
Knox: "I do."
Q: "And so, even in light of every (garbled) Harvard researcher in AIDS prevention who said that the Pope was correct and that condom use aggravates HIV....the spread of it in Africa? So..in light of that, do you still stand by your statement about the Pope?"
Knox: "He is simply incorrect in his assertion. All the other evidence of science shows otherwise."
Tucker Carlson's immediate comment was...."Many Catholics, understandably, are outraged at Knox's comments. In particular, the assertion you just heard, that the Pope is hurting people in the name of Jesus.
A coallition of Catholic leaders have signed an open letter to the president demanding he fire Knox."
Excerpt from the letter....
"The self-proclaimed anti-Catholic bigot you appointed to head up faith-based partnerships has reiterated his deep seeded prejudice against the Pope and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and your failure to remove him from office speaks volumes about how much you really value respect for diversity and religious differencs."
Well now......who is correct here?
Here's the original statement about HIV-AIDS from Pope Benedict, made during a trip to Africa....
.... "a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem".
"the traditional teaching of the Church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids".
Naturally, scientists, disagree.....
One of the world's most prestigious medical journals, the Lancet, has accused Pope Benedict XVI of distorting science in his remarks on condom use.
Lancet said the Pope had "publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue".
It said the male latex condom was the single most efficient way to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV/Aids.
"Whether the Pope's error was due to ignorance or a deliberate attempt to manipulate science to support Catholic ideology is unclear," said the journal.
"When any influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record," it said.
"Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/Aids worldwide."
First.....this so-called argument is the very reason why religion, and the leaders of religion, should be kept out of governmental affairs. America does not have a religion-based governmental framework.
Second.....as Galileo, and other science-based Catholics have demonstrated over centuries.....the Catholic Church has ALWAYS been miles behind scientific advancement and modern solutions to complex modern science-based problems. The Church is, after all, faith-based.....not science-based.
Third.....and this one is my biggest beef.....everything Harry Knox said, all of it, was true.
Like any other terrible disease....the spread of HIV-AIDS undoubtedly "hurts people." The Pope is, according to Catholic doctrine, the representative of Jesus on earth. The Pope......and I don't think this is arguable.....speaks for Jesus here on earth. When the Pope speaks ex-cathedra.....he is regarded as the vessel of Jesus, himself,.....as if Jesus is actually speaking through the Pope.
Therefore, even though Catholics don't much like what Harry Knox said....Knox was correct in saying that the Pope's anti-scientific assertion that condom-use actually makes the spreading of HIV-AIDS worse....."hurts people in the name of Jesus."
The Pope, representing a supernaturalism-believing, religious enterprise..... can speak to his flock anyway he wants to. And, of course, Harry Knox, representing a scientific-based U.S. government, is entitled to point out the Pope's non-comprehension of scientific findings.
Finally, disingenuous Fox lackeys, like Tucker Carlson,....have every right to try to fulfil Rush Limbaugh's ex-cathedra decree.... "Obama should fail." That's little Tucky's perogative. Naturally, this foolish, trumped up attack on Knox is but another bullet-shot at damaging, discrediting, impeding, or dismantling the Obama presidency....something Fox and Fiends began believing in, religiously, back in 2008.
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