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Jesus was an AIDS victim. This is according to an African Pastor whose sermon has divided opinion in Africa where the Catholic church, in their infinite wisdom, think that bibles will help the AIDS crisis rather than the more obvious, more penis friendly option, condoms.
Reverend Xola Skosana has defended his sermon entitled, “Jesus Was HIV Positive,” saying that far from disrespecting the faith, he is simply pointing out the stigma attached to HIV and AIDs. He is not claiming that Jesus actually had AIDS, obviously.
This sermon coupled with the fact he underwent an AIDS test in front of his congregation has earned him praise from South African AIDs campaigners, but has outraged Christians who are claiming that the Pastor, who preaches in a non-denominational church near Cape Town, is painting Jesus as “sexually promiscuous.”
Of course, it would be easy to quote the bible to back up or condemn this sermon, that being the beauty of ancient religious texts. You can make them say whatever you need them to, just like horoscopes.
What should come of this is confrontation of the completely irresponsible way the Catholics deal with the AIDS epidemic in Africa, which takes an estimated 1000 lives a day from the disease and illnesses related to it. The African people never asked for this faith to be forced on them, and I am sure if you asked every single one of them, the faithful, and the others, ‘do you want God, or do you want condoms?’ I am pretty sure the vast majority would show the church where to stick their religion, wrap it first though.
It is unfair to put the blame solely on the Catholic Church, because former President Thabo Mbeki, who was removed from office in 2008, once famously delayed the introduction of life saving anti retro-viral drugs in favour of his Heath Ministers idea of a cure, garlic, and beetroot.
This does not excuse the church for its handling of the epidemic, which consisted of totally denying the existence of a problem. Much like the way they handled the unbelievably high number of pedophile priests.
One of the many things that Jesus was credited with was “turn the other cheek”, part of his Sermon on the Mount set-list which for hundreds of years was thought to be a statement on forgiveness, today it seems more like instructions on how to look in the other direction, away from the problem.
“My responsibility as a pastor is to paint a picture of a God who cares for people and wants the best for them, not who judges them, and is ashamed of them” Pastor Skosana said to the Mail and Guardian papers.
The Pope has a responsibility to these people. His faith was forced onto him years ago, and today it is the direct cause of the continuing spread of the HIV virus, simply because the Church is against contraception.
In lieu of condoms, there are few things that one could use, as mentioned before a book full of paper is not one of them. It does the same job as a condom I guess, if you read it instead of having sex you will definitely not catch AIDS. However, that is not the point, because by that logic, one could try to use the paper from the bible as a condom and that would be no use to anyone. And it would hurt, it would hurt a lot more than one man’s pride would if he just grew up and acknowledged what, exactly, his out of date beliefs are doing to millions of people. It is 2010, HIV and AIDS is a very real problem, as are the rules put in place by Pope ‘Benedick’ XVI.
Henry Hunter – Scotland