Thursday, March 4, 2010

1 Rubber Banned

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When it comes to issues confronting morality and the belief of its people, the Catholic Church always comes out in the open and relays its thoughts to the public. And just recently, it’s Showtime again!

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called for a ban on condom advertisements in media and public places with the belief that condoms only put the morality of the youth at risk.

“Condom advertisements should be banned from television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, and public places, as they desensitize the youth’s delicate conscience and weaken their moral fiber as future parents,” said Bishop Nereo Odchimar, CBCP president, in a statement on the CBCP website.

It should be noted that this statement from the Catholic Church hierarchy is a reaction on the move of the health department to distribute condoms to promote safe sex as part of the government’s fight against the alarming rise in HIV/AIDS cases in the Philippines.

ABS-CBN News Online reported a total of 4,400 HIV/AIDS cases in the country from 1984 to December 2009. According to the report, it was just last year when the highest number was recorded with a total of 835 cases. And just Last January, 143 cases was recorded by the health department. One word: ALARMING.

In the meantime, Odchimar said the funding involved in promoting condoms should rather be channeled in fighting other common diseases. He added it was unjust that the taxes of the people—especially the Catholic taxpayers—be used for purposes that are “against their moral beliefs.”

I am against RH Education for the Youth but I am not against safe sex. And one of the most effective ways to promote safe sex is by letting the people know of the alternatives through a very efficient communication tool (which I believe is the media).

I think it is the sensationalism present in most condom ads that the CBCP should get mad at, and not the ads themselves. And instead of telling the whole world not to use condom (because of the belief that condoms may fail to protect the sexually active people from STDs), why not just continue telling these people to abstain from premarital and extramarital sex (though abstinence is idealistic)?

Also, there is a question members of the CBCP should ponder about: “Do our followers still follow us?”

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