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  • Sri Lankan caught smuggling over 2,000 diamonds in swallowed condoms

    10/28/2010 11:31:48 AM PDT · by library user · 20 replies
    Thaindian News ^ | 10/28/2010
    ~ EXCERPT ~ CHENNAI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) – A Sri Lankan Man, who had swallowed 2,060 diamonds worth up to Rs. 3 crore ($674,715 dollars) packed in several condoms, was arrested at an airport on Tuesday, local media reported Thursday. Mohammed Shakif, 43, of Galle, Sri Lanka, was smuggling the precious stones in 42 condoms and had just arrived in Chennai, located in the southern region of India, when a team of suburban police acting on a tip off inquired him. According to the police the precious stones were worth between Rs. 1.5 crore ($337,357 dollars) and Rs. 3 crore...
  • The White Atheists’ Burden: save the savages (AIDs, Africa, condoms, and "dodgy prejudices")

    09/18/2010 4:32:50 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Spiked ^ | Thursday 16 September 2010 | Brendan O’Neill
    The idea that the pope is responsible for spreading AIDS in Africa has acquired the moral force of a chattering-class commandment. Say it in polite company and you will be greeted by vigorously nodding heads. The pope’s criticism of condom-use ‘sabotages the fight against AIDS’, says a Guardian columnist (leading an online commenter to say: ‘the genocidal freak should be tried for crimes against humanity.’) The New Statesman reckons the Vatican has done more to spread AIDS around Africa than ‘prostitution and the trucking industry combined’. Stephen Fry, that unofficial High Representative of the chattering classes, says the pope has...
  • San Francisco jail installs condom dispensers

    09/08/2010 7:42:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/8/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Looking for a little action? You might want to try the San Francisco County Jail's San Bruno lockup, where authorities have installed 16 condom machines for the jail's 750 prisoners. The condom dispensers are the latest evolution in a safe-sex program that began in 1989, when health workers began distributing condoms to inmates as part of their counseling before they were released. And although sex among inmates technically is illegal, . . .
  • Minn. Governor Snubs Federal Grant for Condom-Pushing Sex Ed

    09/02/2010 10:42:02 AM PDT · by topher · 6 replies ^ | September 1, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Wednesday September 1, 2010 Minn. Governor Snubs Federal Grant for Condom-Pushing Sex Ed Pawlenty orders state to reject Obamacare "to the fullest extent possible" By Kathleen GilbertST. PAUL, Minnesota, September 1, 2010 ( - Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnestota has triggered the ire of the local Planned Parenthood for refusing a federal grant under the new health care law to fund sex education that would push contraceptive use. Pawlenty, who has ordered the state to reject the federal health care legislation "to the fullest extent possible," is instead opting for an abstinence-centered education program.The governor declined to apply for...
  • Mass. district under fire for policy that would let elementary school students get condoms!

    06/24/2010 8:33:16 AM PDT · by nmh · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2010 | Associated Press
    PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A new policy in a Massachusetts public school district that makes condoms available to all students, even those in elementary school, is drawing criticism from some who say it goes too far. Provincetown School Board Chairman Peter Grosso says because there is no set age when sexual activity starts, the committee decided not to set an age for condom availability.
  • Condom distribution policy starting in elementary school at Provincetown, Mass

    06/23/2010 1:14:13 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 64 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6-22-10 | Aliyah Shahid
    Sex education starts early, especially if you go to elementary school in Provincetown, Mass. That’s because the school committee has unanimously adopted a condom distribution policy beginning as early as first grade. According to the Provincetown Banner, the program requires that students speak to a school nurse or trained counselor before receiving condoms. The committee also directed school leaders not to honor demands from parents who object to their kids receiving protection. Some members on the committee were wary because the program requires that students speak to school officials first. But Beth Singer, the school’s superintendent, said she wanted to...
  • Rhode Island District to Hand Out Condoms to Children

    06/16/2010 10:49:07 PM PDT · by NY Hockey Mom · 22 replies · 429+ views
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | 6/16/10 | The Lonely Conservative
    This story really tells us something about our culture today. Fox Nation: A New England school district has approved a measure that will provide free condoms to elementary school students and direct teachers not to comply with parental wishes to the contrary. .... But they can't pray in schools?
  • Dutch Sex Shop to Give Away 'Pope Condoms'

    05/19/2010 10:26:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 548+ views
    ABC ^ | May 18, 2010
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters Life!) - A Dutch sex shop will be giving away 2,000 "Pope condoms" this weekend in a dig at the Roman Catholic Church. De Condoomfabriek (The Condom Factory) said it wanted to make a point about sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and the Vatican's opposition to contraceptives. The condom wrapper carries the image of a papal figure with an unmistakable general likeness to Pope Benedict, though the figure's face is removed. It bears the words "I SAID NO! We say YES!" framing the papal image. The suggestion of a "pope condom" caused a diplomatic row last month when...
  • Catholic bishop "understands arguments for condoms" (apparent softening of the Church's line ?)

    04/01/2010 11:14:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 348+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/01/2010 | Avril Ormsby
    The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has said he understands the attraction of arguments for the use of contraception in the developing world, in an apparent softening of the Church's line. But Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols went on to say it was not the Church's role to support such a short-term fix, adding it would continue to fight poverty, which often contributed to high birth rates. "I think when it comes to Third World poverty, and the great pressure into which many women are put by men, I can see the arguments why, in...
  • Women activists present condoms to Philippine bishops (asking for their blessing!)

    03/08/2010 3:22:19 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 107+ views
    AFP ^ | March 8, 2010
    MANILA — Philippine Catholic bishops, already waging a bitter battle with the government over birth control, received an unwelcome gift Monday when female activists delivered them two baskets of condoms.Members of the leftist Party of the Workers presented the condoms to mark International Women's Day as they picketed the headquarters of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference.They also asked the bishops to bless the two baskets but no bishop was present at the time to respond."We humbly ask the bishops to bless the condoms as a conciliatory gesture to unite for reproductive health and women?s rights," said Judy Ann Miranda, the...
  • Condoms in 'extra small' for boys age 12 set for Britain's shelves soon

    03/05/2010 7:22:35 AM PST · by NYer · 59 replies · 1,332+ views
    Mail Online ^ | March 3, 2010 | Alexandra Williams
    Extra small condoms for boys as young as 12 could soon be on our shelves. The Hotshot condoms are going on sale in Switzerland after research found that not enough 12 to 14-year-old boys were having protected sex. The condoms are likely to end up on sale in Britain, said their manufacturer Lamprecht AG.A spokesman said the UK would be ‘top priority’ if the company expanded abroad, considering it had the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe. Nysse Norballe said: ‘At the moment we are only producing the Hotshot in Switzerland. ‘But the UK is certainly a very attractive market...
  • Extra small Condoms For 12 Year-Old Boys Go On Sale in Switzerland

    03/03/2010 7:35:31 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 37 replies · 1,161+ views ^ | 8:13PM GMT 03 Mar 2010 | Alexandra Williams in Geneva
    Called the Hotshot, the condom has been produced after government research showed 12 to14-year-olds did not use sufficient protection when having sex. The study, conducted on behalf of the Federal Commission for Children and Youth, interviewed 1,480 people aged 10 to 20. It showed more 12 to 14-year-olds were having sex, in comparison with the 1990s. The Hotshot condoms, which cost 7fr60 (£4.70) for a packet of six, have been created by Lamprecht AG, a leading condom manufacturer in Switzerland. The company has said the UK would be "top priority" if they expanded abroad, considering that it has the highest...
  • ‘Evidence of Science’ Backs Pope’s Assertion Against Condom Use To Stem HIV-AIDS in Africa

    03/02/2010 12:03:26 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 620+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 2, 2010 | Susan E. Wills
    Last March, Harry Knox, who serves on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his comment that the African AIDS epidemic will not be overcome by promoting condoms. Knox wrote that Pope Benedict was “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” adding that “on a continent where millions of people are infected with HIV, it is morally reprehensible to spread such blatant falsehoods.” Recently a reporter asked Knox if he stood by his statement – he indicated that he emphatically does – even in light of the strong defense of Pope Benedict...
  • Catholic Athletes for Christ urges virtue instead of Olympic sexual license

    02/20/2010 3:51:55 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies · 833+ views
    cna ^ | February 20, 2010
    Alexandria, Va., Feb 20, 2010 / 08:06 am (CNA).- Reports of post-competition partying and condom hand-outs at the Olympics show the need for Catholic athletes to be grounded in their faith and the need for the sporting world to recover the idea of athletics as a forge for virtue, the head of a Catholic athletes’ organization says.On Thursday MSNBC’s Today Show reported on Olympic athletes’ behavior after their competitions had ended. While acknowledging athletes’ self-control, the Today Show cited event organizers’ distribution of 100,000 condoms and recounted off-the-record rumors of liaisons between residents of the Olympic Village as evidence...
  • Exclusive: Shipments of Medical Aid to Haiti Delayed by Massive Condom Overload

    02/18/2010 5:21:31 PM PST · by Stoat · 30 replies · 790+ views
    LifeSite news ^ | February 12, 2010 | John-Henry Westen and Kathleen Gilbert
    Exclusive: Shipments of Medical Aid to Haiti Delayed by Massive Condom Overload By John-Henry Westen and Kathleen GilbertPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, February 12, 2010 ( - The flow of medical supplies waiting to be distributed to tens of thousands of earthquake victims in Haiti was delayed for weeks by a massive supply of condoms dominating the space of the main storage facility there, an eyewitness with insider information has told (LSN).The central pharmaceutical supply center, known as PROMESS (Program on Essential Medicine and Supplies), is home to the operations of the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the...
  • Valentine's Day Cards From Planned Parenthood Promote Abortion, Condoms

    02/11/2010 10:00:48 AM PST · by julieee · 9 replies · 351+ views ^ | February 11, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Valentine's Day Cards From Planned Parenthood Promote Abortion, Condoms Washington, DC -- New Valentine's Day cards from Planned Parenthood and a national organization for "pro-choice" doctors don't have the typical phrases like "Be Mine" or "I Love You." Instead, the promotional cards promote abortion, condoms and promiscuity.
  • Planned Parenthood demands condoms for ten-year-olds

    02/09/2010 11:48:54 AM PST · by aquapub · 43 replies · 758+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2-9-10 | Robert Moon
    The leftist pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood has released a new report calling for children as young as ten years old to be given access to contraceptives and taught to be "sexual beings"...
  • French Fight AIDS With 120-Foot Flying Condom

    01/28/2010 7:45:38 AM PST · by mlizzy · 23 replies · 764+ views
    AOL News ^ | 01-28-10 | Buck Wolf
    (Jan. 27) – Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a giant flying condom! The French have unveiled their latest weapon in the battle against sexually transmitted diseases: a 120-foot condom filled with helium that went on display Tuesday at the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris. The giant inflatable – dubbed "Condomfiere" – will set off on a five-continent tour to promote World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, part of a campaign started by the safe-sex group CondomFly. The dirigible condom seats three passengers plus a pilot and comes equipped with an on-board computer,...
  • Planned Parenthood Raising Funds to Push Condoms in Haiti

    01/15/2010 9:13:56 AM PST · by julieee · 25 replies · 714+ views ^ | January 15, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Raising Funds to Push Condoms in Haiti Port-aux-Prince, Haiti ( -- Following the earthquake in Haiti, millions of people are dealing with death, a lack of food and water, shelter, and basic medical care. Planned Parenthood, sending a good time for a fundraising opportunity, is asking for donations for its local affiliate to promote birth control and condoms.
  • Banned Condom commercial - Are children a blessing or a curse?

    01/04/2010 10:04:16 AM PST · by RGirard · 22 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | Jan. 04, 2010 | Réne Girard
    It is often said "Children are a blessing from the Lord!" While that may indeed be true for some people, it is also possible that some children could be a curse, perhaps a form of divine payback or a result of reaping what you sow. Christians sometimes debate on whether they should use birth control (such as condoms or "the pill") within the confines of a loving marriage ... If you have ever thought about having children, or sex, or currently have children, or are having sex, then the commercial ... may be for you. Enjoy! (short commerical video attached...
  • Condom distribution at church - UCC likes the idea

    04/01/2009 6:48:40 PM PDT · by chase19 · 9 replies · 416+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 3/31/2009 | Allie Martin
    Condom distribution at church - UCC likes the idea Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 3/31/2009 7:00:00 The Institute on Religion & Democracy is blasting the religious denomination of President Barack Obama for its recent stance on condom distribution inside houses of worship. Recently, the HIV and AIDS Network of the United Church of Christ (UCC) said condoms should be handed out at places of worship. The statement was issued during a presentation to the denomination's Wider Church Ministries Board and also advocated making condoms available at faith-based educational settings. A UCC executive said that condom distribution is a matter of...
  • Contraception is "cheapest green tech"

    12/14/2009 8:55:57 PM PST · by pillut48 · 18 replies · 732+ views
    UK Times Online ^ | December 03, 2009 | John-Paul Flintoff
    Contraception is almost five times cheaper than conventional green technologies as a means of combating climate change, according to new research commissioned by the Optimum Population Trust.
  • Curling Condoms (Hurry Hard!!!)

    12/08/2009 2:18:06 PM PST · by ak267 · 9 replies · 754+ views
    Canada Views ^ | 12-08-2009 | ak267
    Members of the curling community are excited about a joint fundraising program between United States Curling Association and Central Coast HIV/AIDS. With the help of the curling team’s sponsor, Kodiak Technology Group, they will sell Hurry Hard condoms. “Hurry Hard!” is part of the curling vocabulary. The condom’s logo will feature a smiling curling stone on a house. The condoms will be sold leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games in British Columbia, Canada.
  • The Ultimate Stimulus Package: Obama Condoms

    11/14/2009 8:30:11 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 14 replies · 724+ views
    Barack Obama is going to change the United condom at a time. These real condoms wrapped up in Obama endorsed packaging will have everyone longing for some stimulus. You can either buy them separately or in packs of 3. The condoms inside are Durex brand latex condoms. These Obama Condoms are the ultimate stimulus package!
  • Marriott Boycotted Over Porn

    10/23/2009 2:22:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 37 replies · 1,746+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Oct. 22. 2009 | Dennis Romero
    The locally based AIDS Healthcare and Pink Cross foundations have organized a boycott of Marriott hotels over porn. The protest is not about the Mormon-founded chain's in-room, X-rated offerings. No, that's just fine. The problem, according to the groups, is the hotel company's palette of on-demand smut that features actors who do not use condoms. "Marriott is certainly not alone among major hotel chains that promote and profit off the sale of unsafe, condom-less adult films to their hotel guests," AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein states. "However, we want to highlight the brazen hypocrisy--the Mormon Marriott's moral masquerade--of such...
  • Catholic bishops bemoan condoms, gays as threats to marriage

    10/15/2009 5:26:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 496+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 14, 2009 | Daniel Burke
    Washington » Cohabitation, divorce, contraception and same-sex unions are undermining the traditional meaning and purposes of marriage, the nation's Catholic bishops warn in an upcoming statement. "We are troubled by the fact that far too many people do not understand what it means to say that marriage -- both as a natural institution and a Christian sacrament -- is a blessing and gift from God," the bishops say in a "pastoral letter" to be adopted at next month's U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore. National Catholic Reporter, an independent weekly newspaper, obtained a draft of the 57-page document,...
  • Why Are Condoms Disliked by So Many Men? (Perfect Father's Day Article!)

    06/21/2009 6:09:14 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 45 replies · 1,818+ views
    The federal government has spent nearly half a million dollars to fund a study to find out why some men would prefer not to wear condoms during sex. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $423,500 grant to researchers at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.
  • For the Surfers at Huntington Beach, CA

    06/19/2009 11:11:39 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 26 replies · 1,710+ views
    Photo Location ^ | 6-19-09 | Jesse Ellis
    Sometimes, I just have to post a semi naughty.
  • Touche pas a mon Pape (Don’t touch my Pope)

    06/02/2009 1:24:36 PM PDT · by bronxville · 45 replies · 1,434+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | Thursday April 9 | Ann Arco
    On March 22, a number of the world’s media outlets reported something along the lines of “ Far-right youths carrying placards reading ‘leave my Pope alone’ clashed with left-wing activists outside Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris after the latter had thrown condoms on the square as worshippers were leaving Sunday mass.” The Associated Press, AFP and Reuters were among the news-wires which used the term “far right” to describe the young people protesting in favour of the Pope. A group of about 30 demonstrators belonging to a group called Act Up had chosen a major Sunday Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral...
  • Catholic Doctors Confirm Pope's Statement: Statistics Prove Condoms Ineffective Against HIV

    05/12/2009 9:23:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1,439+ views
    life site news ^ | 05.12.09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    MANILA, Philippines, May 12, 2009 ( - A group of Catholic medical professionals based in the Philippines has stated that condom promotion has failed to curb the spread of AIDS.  The group said that it agreed with a widely-criticized recent statement by Pope Benedict XVI in which he endorsed a renewed respect for sexuality in facing the AIDS epidemic, rather than condom use. "Condoms are highly dangerous," said Yolly Eileen Gamutam, head of Asia's Catholic Association of Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals (ACIM-Asia), in an article on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website. "If we are promoting truthful public information...
  • Spanish legislature ponders censure of Pontiff over condom remarks

    05/06/2009 1:54:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 490+ views
    Off The Record ^ | May 6, 2009 | Diogenes
    Spanish bishops are denouncing a legislative proposal to censure Pope Benedict for his recent remarks on condoms. Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo of Seville sees the measure as a manifestation of a “new inquisition,” and Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, calls it an “attack and a disgrace against a man of God, a good and just man, the utmost defender of humanity, of its dignity and fundamental rights, promoter like few others of the culture of peace and a civilization of love.” ZENIT NEWS AGENCY COVERAGE ZE09050510 - 2009-05-05Permalink:'s Bishops Defend Pope Against...
  • President Hopes to Broker Pro-Life/Pro-Choice Compromise

    05/04/2009 4:07:33 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 22 replies · 642+ views
    President Barack Obama expressed hope that his administration would be the one that brings an end the rancorous contention over the abortion issue. “If these so-called pro-life advocates could put aside their anger and meet me halfway on a compromise solution he can end this long running battle,” he said. The President suggested that a possible framework for a compromise would entail permitting abortions, but increasing government spending on methods to reduce pregnancies. “If we make condoms free for the asking, I think we can significantly reduce the number of abortions,” Obama observed. “If we can prevent conception at the...
  • Vatican decries reaction to pope's condom remarks

    04/17/2009 5:21:15 PM PDT · by malkee · 9 replies · 442+ views
    AP ^ | April 17 2009 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY – Critics of the Catholic Church's social teachings are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict XVI into silence, the Vatican charged Friday in responding to attacks on the pontiff's remarks about AIDS and condom use. In a strongly worded statement, the Vatican defended the pope's view that condoms aren't the answer to Africa's AIDS epidemic and could make it worse. On his way to Africa last month, he said the best strategy is the church's effort to promote sexual responsibility through abstinence and monogamy. France, Germany, the United Nations' AIDS-fighting agency and the British medical journal The Lancet called...
  • Belgian ambassador to Holy See told to condemn Pope's condom remarks

    04/17/2009 1:35:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 467+ views
    CNA ^ | April 17, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, Apr 17, 2009 / 10:53 am (CNA).- Wednesday, April 15 saw an unusual meeting take place as the Ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See delivered an official condemnation of the Pope's remarks on the use of condoms to prevent AIDS in Africa from his country's House of Representatives.Ambassador Frank de Coninck was ordered by the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs to lodge the official condemnation with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States.In reaction to the move, the Vatican Secretariat of State said it "notes with regret this action, unusual...
  • Benedict the Assassin

    04/16/2009 10:46:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 573+ views
    Off the Record ^ | April 16, 2009 | Diogenes
    PELL RIDES PAPAL BANDWAGON OF DEATH claims the Sydney Morning Herald's David Marr, registering his displeasure with the Cardinal's endorsement of Catholic teaching. "That's one hell of an Easter message," he adds, in a sniff. It would appear that Marr's paschal theology owes more to the Easter Bunny than to Saint Paul: It's hardly news but in the face of this ridicule it has to be said again: Australia waged the world's most effective war on AIDS by ignoring the Catholic Church. We did not heed the demands of John Paul II and his successor, Benedict XVI. We encouraged...
  • Use a Condom, Thwart That Evil Hitler (German Condom Ad Threatens Evil Children w/o Condom)

    04/14/2009 10:32:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1,048+ views
    Ad Week ^ | 4/13/09 | David Gianatasio
    Do condom ads reflect the mind-sets of nations? In the U.S., we get faux-patriotism and soft-core porn, while the French have safe sex on the beach. Now, from Germany, comes a dour dose of angst via Grey in a campaign for Doc Morris Pharmacies. The message: Use a condom, and be sure you're not bringing the next Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler or Mao Zedong into the world. Of course, you'd have to sleep with one of those three to risk that—and I imagine most would abstain, especially in the case of Hitler, since he's been dead for almost 65...
  • Looks like the Pope was right: bleak stories behind failed condom campaigns.

    04/08/2009 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Balt · 11 replies · 882+ views
    Priestly Pugilist & MercatorNet ^ | 2 April 2009 | Chinwuba Iyizoba
    [Some time ago, your PP promised to weigh in on the flap regarding the Pope's comments on condoms which have been widely condemned as backward and stupid by just about everyone in every country. Instead, I'm going to let someone much more personally involved to do so. But before reading, consider the plight of the Holy Father. His job is to eludidate the teaching of Christ and his Church. It is not in his job description to acomodate the teaching of Christ to the sensibilities of the modern world. At some point, those of us who are Christians have...
  • Do Condom Corporations Kill You for Your Money

    04/07/2009 12:42:08 PM PDT · by chase19 · 21 replies · 581+ views
    heyitsjustablogman.blogspot ^ | March 17, 2009 | heyitsjustablogman
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Do Condom Corporations Kill You for Your Money "When used consistently and correctly"... Abstinence = 0% Chance of Infection / 100% safe Condoms = 20% Chance of Infection / 80% safe "In one study, condoms failed to prevent HIV transmission 17% of the time (ref. 51). A review of several studies found that HIV infection rates for couples using condoms ranged from 13-27%" "...experts estimate that consistent condom use reduces the risk of HIV transmission by about 80 to 90 percent. We are unable to quantify this protective effect more precisely..." " barrier method...
  • Vatican responds to Belgium’s ‘protest’ against Pope over condoms in Africa

    04/03/2009 1:39:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 505+ views
    CNA ^ | April 3, 2009
    Father Federico Lombardi Vatican City, Apr 3, 2009 / 01:42 pm (CNA).- In response to Belgium’s diplomatic protest against Pope Benedict’s comments that condoms could potentially "increase the problem" of AIDS being spread in Africa, Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See newsroom questioned whether the lawmakers had considered the Popes words and scientific research, or whether they received their information "through the non-objective, imbalanced filter of the echoes in the western media."According to Reuters, the Belgium House of Deputies called the Pope’s comments "unacceptable" and instructed their government to "react strongly against any state or organization that...
  • From the I've seen it all dept: Condom distribution at church - UCC likes the idea

    03/31/2009 4:22:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies · 674+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | March 31, 2009 | Allie Martin
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy is blasting the religious denomination of President Barack Obama for its recent stance on condom distribution inside houses of worship. Recently, the HIV and AIDS Network of the United Church of Christ (UCC) said condoms should be handed out at places of worship. The statement was issued during a presentation to the denomination's Wider Church Ministries Board and also advocated making condoms available at faith-based educational settings. A UCC executive said that condom distribution is a matter of life and death and that condoms should be made available to save the lives of young...
  • Lancet Criticizes Pope's Remarks That Condoms Increase Spread of HIV

    03/29/2009 5:59:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 894+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Mar-27-2009 | Carol Glatz
    ROME (CNS) -- While a top medical journal criticized Pope Benedict XVI's remarks that condoms increase the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a Harvard-based researcher said the pope's comments are supported by scientific evidence. An editorial prepared for the March 28 edition of the British medical journal The Lancet said the pope made "an outrageous and wildly inaccurate statement about HIV/AIDS" during an interview with journalists on a flight to Cameroon March 17. "The pope has publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue," said The Lancet editorial posted online before the publication date....
  • The facts show church's policy on Aids is right

    03/25/2009 9:06:35 AM PDT · by annalex · 7 replies · 406+ views
    Irish Times ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | Vincent Twomey
    The facts show church's policy on Aids is right Wed, Mar 25, 2009OPINION: ON HIS flight to Youndé, Pope Benedict XVI answered questions put to him by international journalists. Only a selective quote from one of his answers made the headlines around the world. A French journalist asked him about the Catholic Church’s attitude to the fight against Aids, writes VINCENT TWOMEY . Defending the church’s commitment to the fight against Aids and the care of its victims, the pope also affirmed that the scourge cannot be resolved with the distribution of condoms: on the contrary, there is a risk of increasing...
  • Stimulus: Obama Stiffs Alabama Condoms For Cheap Chinese Knockoffs

    03/25/2009 6:12:42 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 12 replies · 413+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/25/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Obama administration has decided to buy cheap Chinese condoms instead of the U.S. made products it had been distributing for its efforts to spread condoms around the world by the U.S. Agency for International Development. So much for Obama's "Buy American" promise. Condom makers in Alabama will likely lose this business and perhaps as many as 300 American jobs. USAID plans to stimulate new contracts with a South Korean condom manufacturer and a Chinese company instead of Alatech, the Alabama manufacturer. So, while Obama talks about American stimulus, USAID is deflating one American company in favor of causing foreign...
  • See Who Says Pope Was Right About Condoms, AIDS

    03/24/2009 5:10:32 PM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 776+ views ^ | March 23, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A senior Harvard research scientist confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI, who endured heavy criticism for declaring that condom distribution programs worsen the AIDS epidemic in Africa, was actually correct. Dr. Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, told National Review Online last week that despite AIDS activists and media outlets pounding the pope for downplaying the effectiveness of condoms, the science actually supports the Catholic leader's claim. "The pope is correct," Green told NRO, "or put it a better way, the best evidence we have supports the pope's...
  • Make Your Own Condom Analogy

    03/24/2009 9:36:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 883+ views
    NCR ^ | March 24, 2009
    The story arc of every papal trip is the same. First, journalists try to invent a controversy that they find more interesting than the true purpose of the trip. Then, the Pope wins people over in ways no one expected. Finally, surprised journalists file stories about how the Pope isn’t such a bad guy after all.In the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Africa — a trip that is ongoing as we go to press — that story is playing itself out. This time, the controversy is over the Holy Father’s remarks about condoms and AIDS.Pope Benedict addressed the...
  • U.S. condom maker deflated by Obama stimulus plan

    03/24/2009 6:49:11 AM PDT · by free_us_from_obama · 8 replies · 593+ views
    Fort Wayne News ^ | 03/24/2009 | Fort Wayne News
    The U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) distributes close to 10 billion condoms in poor countries around the world, and until now distributed condoms made in the United States. When Congress dropped the “buy American” language from the recent stimulus bill, USAID got a rise and decided to head to South Korea and China for their condoms. They cite the cost difference as their motive. Korean and Chinese condoms cost 3 cents less each. The net effect will be placed squarely on one firm, Alabama-based Alatech. The company expects to layoff 300 workers as a result of losing the contract....
  • U.S. move to cheaper Chinese condoms threatens American jobs

    03/23/2009 7:57:28 AM PDT · by em2vn · 38 replies · 992+ views
    kc star ^ | 04-22-09 | mike mcgraw
    Call it a condom conundrum. At a time when the federal government is spending billions of stimulus dollars to stem the tide of U.S. layoffs, should that same government put even more Americans out of work by buying cheaper foreign products? In this case, Chinese condoms. That’s the dilemma for the folks at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has distributed an estimated 10 billion U.S.-made AIDS-preventing condoms in poor countries around the world. But not anymore. In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China.
  • KUHNER: Cult of the condom

    03/23/2009 3:48:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 448+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2009 | Jeffery T. Kuhner
    COMMENTARY: Pope Benedict XVI is under fire for reiterating the Catholic Church's opposition to condom use while on his first pilgrimage to Africa. The pontiff told reporters that condoms are not the solution to the AIDS epidemic ravaging the continent; rather, they “aggravate” the problem. His comments sparked a firestorm. “My reaction is that this represents a major step backward in terms of global health education, is entirely counterproductive, and is likely to lead to increases in HIV infection in Africa and elsewhere,” said Quentin Sattentau, a professor of immunology at Britain's Oxford University. Even the French government got involved....
  • Youths clash in Notre-Dame condom (actual title)

    03/23/2009 1:35:33 AM PDT · by gondramB · 10 replies · 534+ views
    AFP - Far-right youths clashed with left-wing activists who had gathered outside Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Sunday to protest against Pope Benedict's opposition to condoms, a police source said. About 30 ecologists and Communists threw condoms on the ground outside the cathedral, where worshippers were leaving Sunday mass. One person was injured and three were arrested after clashes between the protesters and about 20 youths who the police source said were associated with the far-right and who were carrying placards saying "Leave my Pope alone". Benedict said in Africa on Tuesday that the use of condoms was complicating the...
  • Harvard AIDS Expert Says Pope is Correct on Condom Distribution Making AIDS Worse

    03/20/2009 10:30:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies · 1,590+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 19, 2009 | John-Henry Westen
    Thursday March 19, 2009 Harvard AIDS Expert Says Pope is Correct on Condom Distribution Making AIDS Worse By John-Henry Westen   March 19, 2009 ( - Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has said that the evidence confirms that the Pope is correct in his assessment that condom distribution exacerbates the problem of AIDS.  "The pope is correct," Green told National Review Online Wednesday, "or put it a better way, the best evidence we have supports the pope's comments."  "There is," Green added, "a consistent association...