Monday, March 30, 2009

A Liberal Risks It All
Ya gotta admit it, this took guts

Peter Viereck, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor, wrote in 1959 that "anti-Catholicism is the anti-Semitism of the [liberal] intellectual elite".

Fifty years later, that maxim still holds true.

However limited and conditional it may be, I just can't help but wonder if Edward Green (senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health) hasn't just committed professional suicide.

Here's a bit of the article from The Washington Post; (Emphasis mine) The Pope May Be Right
By Edward C. Green
Sunday, March 29, 2009

When Pope Benedict XVI commented this month that condom distribution isn't helping, and may be worsening, the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, he set off a firestorm of protest. Most non-Catholic commentary has been highly critical of the pope. A cartoon in the Philadelphia Inquirer, reprinted in The Post, showed the pope somewhat ghoulishly praising a throng of sick and dying Africans: "Blessed are the sick, for they have not used condoms."

Yet, in truth, current empirical evidence supports him.

We liberals who work in the fields of global HIV/AIDS and family planning take terrible professional risks if we side with the pope on a divisive topic such as this. The condom has become a symbol of freedom and -- along with contraception -- female emancipation, so those who question condom orthodoxy are accused of being against these causes. My comments are only about the question of condoms working to stem the spread of AIDS in Africa's generalized epidemics -- nowhere else.

In 2003, Norman Hearst and Sanny Chen of the University of California conducted a condom effectiveness study for the United Nations' AIDS program and found no evidence of condoms working as a primary HIV-prevention measure in Africa.
UNAIDS quietly disowned the study. (The authors eventually managed to publish their findings in the quarterly Studies in Family Planning.) Since then, major articles in other peer-reviewed journals such as the Lancet, Science and BMJ have confirmed that condoms have not worked as a primary intervention in the population-wide epidemics of Africa. In a 2008 article in Science called "Reassessing HIV Prevention" 10 AIDS experts concluded that "consistent condom use has not reached a sufficiently high level, even after many years of widespread and often aggressive promotion, to produce a measurable slowing of new infections in the generalized epidemics of Sub-Saharan Africa."


Blogger Al said...

If not commiting professional suicide, he has at least shot himself in the foot.

3:14 AM  
Blogger the Egyptian said...

NO NO NO this just shows that we are being stingy and backward by not providing enough rubbers, coat then in latex it will work if we just have enough of em and spend MORE MONEY. Just like GUN control, YOU JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE ;>)

7:32 AM  

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