IGNORANT FAITH-BASED policies are killing people in Uganda. The Bush operatives downrange in Uganda applied financial pressure to stop the teaching of the correct use of condoms. From Talk2Action:
Crushing news out of Uganda last week. The Bush administration's $1 billion experiment in using abstinence messages as the basis of HIV prevention has born its first fruit: In a public speech on May 18, Uganda's AIDS Commissioner Kihumuro Apuuli announced that HIV infections have almost doubled in Uganda over the past two years, from 70,000 in 2003 to 130,000 in 2005.
And despite this chilling wake-up call, Bush has empowered Christian right activists to continue to push their abstinence-only agenda at a UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS, to begin next week. According to a State Department email I obtained, the official U.S. delegation is stacked with some of the very people who contributed to the debacle in Uganda.
As John Walkenbach notes, "at least they'll go to heaven when they die." Meanwhile, in Washington, the President sticks resolutely to his failed policy. Nothing new there.
Esther Kaplan -- "A disaster for abstinence ideology"