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Cape Town Pastor; Jesus Had AIDS.

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

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9 Responses to Cape Town Pastor; Jesus Had AIDS.

  1. Ilham Ariawan

    September 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Well said, beautifully written. There’s no use of pointing out finger but caring without discrimination is all we have to do.

  2. Jack McNulty

    September 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    The Catholic Church is the largest caregiver for people suffering from AIDS.
    Perhaps there is a theology therein that speaks louder than words.

    • henryhunter

      henryhunter

      September 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

      Im sure the many millions of AIDS and HIV victims in Africa are happy for the theology of the catholic church. im sure that comforts them.

  3. Bob Owino

    September 5, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Well, it is true that HIV/AIDS is a very big problem in the entire world (not Africa only), and the use of condoms can reduce the pandemic but the role of the Church is to preach the moral values, and that’s why a Catholic Church calls for faithfulness, chastity before the marriage. However there are individual cases where Church allows couples to use condoms…

    • henryhunter

      henryhunter

      September 5, 2010 at 11:25 am

      “…where church allows couples to use condoms.” Thats nice of them. the catholic church is in no position to preach moral values, it certainly doesn’t have a say in any sex debate. if you take a vow of chastity, which is a relatively new thing in the greater scheme of things, then you are forever banned from any debate on the subject. not having sex is un-godly. To suggest people living in poverty shouldn’t be allowed to have sex because of some book is ludicrous. Protected sex with someone you love… bad. Unprotected sex with a child… no big deal. get a hold of yourself man.

      thanks for taking the time to comment and all that, but Jesus Christ, you cats cant be serious.

  4. Becky B

    September 5, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I can see where this pastor was going with the “Jesus had AIDS” bit. It is such a ridiculous situation to be in.

    Contraception would stop the spread of this virus and when it comes down to it who gives a rats arse what the Catholic church says?? If you want to believe the bible then remember God gave us free will…so use that free will and use contraception.

    The Catholic church may be the largest caregiver for people suffering from AIDS but that probably has more to do with guilt than anything else.

    Though I will point out that we can’t just send condoms over. That was done in India and they were given no instruction on how to use them so they blew them up to decorate their houses (this story may not be factually correct, it was told to us at school). We need to educate people on the disease and provide proper contraception with proper instructions.

  5. Nas

    September 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    For me it’s simple, im a 21 Year old christian. Abstain till your married like God wants it, and you wont get diseases. Condoms or bibles are not the problem the problem is the level to which people have sank, there is no dignity anymore so everybody just sleeps with everybody and have a jol. Don’t be promiscuous and you won’t get STD’s simple as that

    • henryhunter

      henryhunter

      September 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

      I have to say I didn’t think it possible to get internet access from such an incredibly high Ivory Tower.

      God got a married woman pregnant. So I wouldn’t let life pass me by based on his word. Plus God didn’t write those rules, man did, they just used his name. sex is good. sex is heaven. Don’t let your wedding night be ruined by inexperience. You want to make kids? then approach it in the same way you would making anything… Put a bit of effort in, a bit of practice. Be good at it. You, and whoever you marry will thank me later.

  6. Ariel

    September 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Nas, that is a very ignorant view point you have there. You can indeed get STDs even if you and you partner are each others firsts; Thrush, bacterial vaginosis to name two.

    The church have these mad view points that sex is a bad thing. It isn’t, it is amazing. For me sex is best when it is with someone you love or care about, but I don’t plan on marrying every guy i fall in love with…I would have been married twice already if that were the case! I think that until you try something you cannot judge others by their actions.

    If you want to wait till marriage to have sex then that is your perorgative, but make no mistake you are following church rules made by man, not gods rules!

    Aids is a terrible disease and you don’t just catch it from having sex…another ignorant argument. It ruins lifes and cause paople a lot of pain and heart ache. I think if people were more open minded, willing to listen and willing to learn then things could be different, but that is just my opinion.

    By the way HH is right about the practice makes perfect thing, sex takes practice and that can be fun, and if that is with your wife then so be it, but enjoy it and don’t see it as a sin or a dirty act (unless that turns you on).

    There are few things in life that are a simple and as satisfying as sex, and as long as people are careful and respectful then I don’t think judgement should be made.

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