August 25, 2005

Morality or common sense?

Is it ever right to ignore morality for the sake of saving lives?

George Bush has recently declared that, to combat the increasing AIDS crisis, he recommends abstinance rather than the universal use of condoms. Of course this is a lovely idea and morally would is far preferrable tactic, but realistically it's not going to work. If condoms are no longer supplied more people will contract AIDS and, as a result, die.

The other day I watched a fascinating programme about the new Pope. It mentioned a situation in South America where Bishops were preaching a Marxist-tinged message to promote changes in the political system in response to the extreme poverty faced by many of the population. The Vatican published document condemning this, encouraging the poor people to adhere to the Bible and turn to God instead of worrying so much about their lot on Earth. That, again, again is a lovely sentiment, but is it right to ask people to essentially give up the prospect of a better life when something could be done about it?

But then if you begin to ignore your moral code, particularly for those upholding a faith, doesn't it fundamentally undermine that faith?


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  1. Chris Doidge

    What I've never understood about the AIDS/condoms debate is why Africans aren't offered a choice of abstinence OR condoms. Surely it's up to them, not Americans?

    25 Aug 2005, 10:35

  2. Shouldn't it really be both?

    Is George Bush actually aware that there is a place called Africa? I can see that in America it would fit in with his Christian beliefs to promote abstinence over using condoms.

    In Africa, however, the spread of HIV is such that only the use of both (i.e. abstinence, but if it's got to happen, condoms) is going to make a difference. There are something like 16,000 new cases a day. Who's having all the sex?

    25 Aug 2005, 11:47

  3. Depends who's providing the condoms. And the countries that are in some way supporting the poorer ones (support = collecting debts) then I suppose that they feel they have a right to in some way influence the governing of that country.

    I missed that programme but a friend saw it and now doesn't like Bendict at all.
    On your point, Sarah, if the people get a better life then it's likely they'll have nothing to pray to God for anymore. Hence the decline in the Church in that particular region. Bums on seats…

    25 Aug 2005, 11:47

  4. I'd say that if following your moral code means that unnecessary lives are lost, then there's something wrong with your moral code.

    23 Mar 2006, 22:15


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