The students at the University of Illinois are having an event on the Quad this Friday. They will hand out condoms and information on the catholic church. Read the press release below.
CHAMPAIGN – For many Christians, the Friday preceding Easter Sunday is one of the holiest days of the year.
This is precisely why the student organization Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers (AAF) has chosen this day to raise awareness about the Roman Catholic Church. The group plans to set up a booth on the Quad on Good Friday and disseminate information about the Church’s policies, especially those related to contraception and HIV/AIDS. Accordingly, the group will also be distributing free condoms.
“People often regard religion, and specifically Christianity as a force for good in the world,” said Mathew Rayman, an officer from AAF. “Just over a year ago, the Pope told Africans that condoms actually help to propagate AIDS rather than prevent it. Statements like these are irresponsible and illustrate the disconnect of the Vatican hierarchy from reality.” Two thirds of the estimated 33 million people with HIV/AIDS live in Africa.
The Catholic Church has always been fundamentally opposed to contraception, and Pope Paul VI reinforced this in the 1968 doctrinal letter Humanae Vitae (Latin, “Human Life”). According to the American Red Cross, consistent and correct condom use greatly reduces the risk of contracting HIV. AAF hopes to raise public awareness of these issues and promote productive discussion.
AAF is a student organization at the University of Illinois dedicated to providing a supportive social network for nonbelievers, protecting the basic freedoms that all people should be afforded and promoting rational skepticism in society.
For information about AAF, visit http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2252245006