Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pleas from a Ugandan Pastor to America: "Let my people go!"

Gene Edward Veith pulls from the Washington Post an amazing article from a Ugandan pastor decrying the U.S.'s efforts at undermining the Ugandan solution to their own AIDS crisis. The Ugandan solution? Abstinence. You may read the entire article here. The U.S. and other "world AIDS profiteers" are being accused of imposing their own moral emptiness onto the Ugandans as part of the "strings attached" millions these organizations give to Uganda to control the spread of the virus. The Ugandans still need the AIDS money. What they don't need is U.S. and world health agencies telling them that abstinence doesn't work for them. The death toll from HIV and AIDS in Uganda (and nearly everywhere else) stems almost exclusively from casual unprotected sex, and the pastor reminds everybody that an organized program of abstinence plus condoms is a proven and effective solution. Of course, he's right. But the trouble is that these agencies are coercing the Ugandan government into eliminating references to abstinence in its funding requests and public marketing. Why? Because abstinence conflicts with these health organization's casual-sex-is-perfectly-ok agenda! (May it be suggested here that casual sex restriction is unprofitable for "world AIDS profiteers?)

So while the casual sex plus condoms solution may pass muster in the West, it is killing Ugandans by the hundreds. Thus, the good pastor's editorial plea.

His postscript is a scorcher and one that I will cherish:

"So hear my plea, HIV-AIDS profiteers. Let my people go. We understand that casual sex is dear to you, but staying alive is dear to us. Listen to African wisdom, and we will show you how to prevent AIDS."

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: ...and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." (Romans 1:24-27)

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