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The Pope Knows A Sin When He Sees One

There can be little doubt that sooner or later we will outgrow our food supply – literally f— , sorry, copulate ourselves into overpopulation. We could go the way of Easter Island which supported a thriving civilization until the islanders ran out of resources and their civilization died.

Today the world’s population stands at around 6.5 billion, projected to rise to at least 7.2 billion in 2015. Just imagine how many of us will be here in 2050! This kind of population growth can’t be sustained but less sex is hardly the answer. The only problem with sex is that sometimes it causes children and too many kids without adequate resources means more ignorance, hunger and more kids. The cycle continues.

The basic tools for slowing or stopping population growth are simple: contraception, vasectomy, tubal ligation, sex education and education in general. Simple for us common folk but is it simple for the Catholic Church? Nope, the Pope and his priests know a sin when they see it.

Of course, eating meat on Fridays used to be a sin too, but the Pope looked at that one and said – what the heck , the farmers need to eat too. That was a good decision for the oceans, so how about now making a good decision for the world’s resources?

Unfortunately the Catholic Church remains a major stumbling block when it comes to any kind of population control involving birth control. It maintains abstinence is the only sinless way, but even a small army of priests have found that hard to follow. Some churches are literally going broke trying to pay for the sins of their past and present priests.

An organization that spans the globe and is still powerful in underdeveloped areas of the globe is a prime stumbling block in the fight against overpopulation. In doing that it inadvertently promotes hunger and continuing ignorance.

Pope Benedict even claimed in a recent speech that the use of condoms is not only a sin but also increases the incidence of AIDS! Benedict, oh Benedict, you’re really misfiring on this one! You must have failed your elementary science pretty badly to say that.

Fortunately for the world the Catholic church has lost some of the iron grip it once had. Even so, its sway in some of the poorest regions of the world is formidable and troubling.

It would be nice if dogma fed people, but food is better.

The popular, politically correct, solution is to grow more food and improve the distribution network. Good plan, but we’ve been talking about that for years and the hunger is still there, only more of it. What’s that definition of insanity again? Something about doing the same thing but expecting different results?

A far more practical and ethical solution is to decrease the world’s population through free birth control devices and education. While birthrates in most industrialized countries are already falling, they are more than counterbalanced by population growth elsewhere, especially where there is endemic poverty.

Will supply of condoms and education in birth control interfere with some cultural practices? I certainly hope so, if that will result in less ignorance, subservience and poverty. “Culture” is not cast in stone, it evolves and adapts to changing needs like everything else does.

Western women have the vote today, and their husbands get sent to jail if they’re caught beating them. These are both recent changes among many in our western culture, so where’s the problem?

History tells us that societies disintegrated through the destruction of resources. Easter Island is just one example where only huge, inscrutable human statues are all that remain of a once thriving civilization. The end came when too many people exhausted the island’s limited resources.

We could literally fornicate ourselves out of house and home… but what a way to go!

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Alberta, Canada – Dumbing Down the Kids

There’s nothing quite as dangerous for the future of a country (or province) as keeping information from children in their formative years, yet that’s exactly what the Province of Alberta will be doing with one of the proposed revisions to their Human Rights Legislation. They will promote ignorance if the bill passes without changes.

If the bill becomes law, one section of it will allow Alberta parents to remove their children from any class where something that is taught conflicts with their religious view. Religion is not a subject in Alberta schools now, so where’s the problem?

The problem is that science and history will get kicked right where it hurts. A lot of science and history conflicts with fundamentalist religious teachings.

Some creationists tell us that the earth is 6,000 years old, give or take a year or two. Science and common sense tells us that this is a myth and even Alberta creationists and fundamentalists should have some inkling of this. After all, Alberta harbors some of the most ancient dinosaur excavation sites on the continent. But creationists say these were put there on purpose, just a bit of theater by the creator to confuse the picture. According to them men walked alongside dinosaurs and evolution is a myth and a hoax. I wonder if they also flew on the backs of pterodactyls? After all, weren’t the beasts put on earth for the benefit of man? But I digress.

The real problem is that, if removed from class, their kids will not get to learn anything about archeology, geology or evolution. They will have to make sense of the world with only a part of the information available to them. Somewhat like trying to run on one leg.

Astronomy could be another area where kids would be withdrawn from class because some strict creationists still believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. And Galileo and Copernicus never lived? I haven’t heard that one yet, but I do know that the church of the day tried to shut them down . Exactly what the proposed legislation would do to some kids’ opportunity to learn.

I’m sure that some parents will consider the content of other classroom subjects to be not what their particular brand of religion says. The history of the Middle East would certainly contain the seeds of objection, just to name one.

So did the legislators intend to support the beliefs of the parents, no matter what? Did they really wish to support parents if they decide to raise dumbed down kids? Information is what lets us to explore and compare conflicting ideas and develop critical thinking. This proposed law will only serve to spread ignorance. I can’t believe that was the original intent, although it most certainly would be a foreseeable by-product.

Not giving kids a chance to form their own conclusions is a denial of their right to learn and to come to their own conclusions. The freedom to form independent conclusions should also be a basic human right. This can’t be done without full information on hand.

It’s time some Alberta legislators looked beyond political expediency and their own personal biases. Don’t shortchange the future generations. Look at the opportunities some kids will be missing and look at some of the dead-end ideas that will be perpetuated.

Isn’t it time for people and legislators to realize that religious fundamentalism of any kind is a danger not just in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but right here in Canada as well? So why encourage it?

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