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!)