Have a Good Friday… Night March 31, 2010

Have a Good Friday… Night

While many Christians are spending this weekend doing their Jesus thing, the Atheists, Agnostics, & Freethinkers at the University of Illinois have other plans.

They’re using the day to “raise awareness about the Roman Catholic Church and its policies on contraception.”

We will have a booth on the Quad on Good Friday to distribute information about the Church’s policies, especially those related to contraception and HIV/AIDS. The group will also be distributing free condoms.

Just over a year ago, the Pope told Africans that condoms actually help to propagate AIDS rather than prevent it. Statements like these are irresponsible and illustrate the disconnect of the Vatican hierarchy from reality. Nearly two thirds of the estimated 33 million people with HIV/AIDS live in Africa.

Since many people will already have religion in the back of their minds, I love the positive way AAF is getting people to think critically about the church and some of its more dangerous beliefs.

(Thanks to Mat for the link!)


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  • Reginald Selkirk

    Shock at archbishop condom claim

    The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.

    That was in 2007. If anyone has info on the Holy Roman Catholic Church offering a correction, or in any way disciplining its archbishop for that falsehood, please provide a link to that information. Thanks.

  • With them coming so close together this year, I wonder what will happen when ‘good’ Friday falls on April Fool’s day.

  • I think this is a great idea, and I hope that they don’t do what some religious group at my college did when I went to orientation (gave out condoms stapled to sticks like lollipops but the staple went right the the middle of the condom)

  • muggle

    Sakura, I’d be surprised. That wouldn’t be logical. LOL! Man, did they really do something so dumb? Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if it’s not planned.

    I think it’s a great idea but I hope they don’t get too much flak from theists resenting it.

    My daughter’s got work and school off and I teased her about it being a good Friday for her since she rarely gets a day off where she has neither. Not really, though, she’s got a million things to do while I do work getting ready for the Easter bunny and preparing our Happy Spring celebration.

  • I am using Friday night to help plan for a Yuri’s Night event.

    Good Friday? I’m thinking “Better Friday”

  • Anyone who has read my comments before knows I’m all for contraception. If you give people the information and the tools they need, they tend to be pretty responsible about their sex life without shaming and fear tactics employed by some religious people. So victory for responsible sex!

  • Cafeeine

    “With them coming so close together this year, I wonder what will happen when ‘good’ Friday falls on April Fool’s day.” -Judith Bandsma

    Well, you missed your opportunity in 1983, 1988 and 1994. However 2018 brings us April Fool’s day falling on Easter Sunday!

  • It is all well and good to make merry on Good Friday – but please spare a thought for those less fortunate than yourselves.

    There are many people in the “Republic” of Ireland denied their right to drink alcohol on Good Friday because of an oppressive theocratic regime. It is especially difficult this year, as there is a big game on on Friday night.

  • 2018 will make a good year to revive an old tagline…Easter’s been cancelled, they found the body.

  • I’m all for promoting the “Atheist Agenda”, but I can’t say I approve of throwing this out on there “Big Weekend”. I feel it helps there argument that “we’re in there face about it”. Let them have there holiday(even though they stole it). Monday would be a great day to do something like this. Set up several booths around campus/town to say: “Hope you enjoyed Easter weekend! Here’s why it’s un-Christian and here’s a condom”. I’m horrible at tact so the idea needs work, but I hope you get the idea.