At a 1995 Kanuga conference on evangelism, a different conservative leader showed up to have lunch with me each day, as if to protect others from any influence I might have. One of these lunch companions, now very big in the AAC, opened the conversation with the gambit, "Louie, gays are all wrong about 'safe-sex'; abstinence is the only 'safe-sex' outside heterosexual marriage." Sex is not my idea of a topic of conversation over lunch. I shifted the focus to his own children. "XXXXX, if your son or daughter were to contract syphilis, would you deny them access to penicillin?" I asked. "That's ridiculous! No child of mine will be having sex outside of marriage!" he snorted. "XXXXX, humor me, please. This is merely hypothetical. If a child of yours did contract syphilis, would you deny her or him access to penicillin?" "Yes!" he replied. "Anyone who disobeys God and has sex outside marriage deserves whatever sexual consequences happen." "Please pass the rolls," I replied; "clearly we don't have much to say to each other about sex." Pray that this father has grown up in time for his children's needs. Pray for all children whose parents manifest so little compassion. Louie L. Louie Crew Chair of the Newark Deputation. Member of Executive Council. -----Original Message----- Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 10:36 AM Subject: eni-full ENI-06-0035 New school curriculum on condom use angers Ecumenical News International Daily News Service 17 January 2006 New school curriculum on condom use angers clergy in Tanzania ENI-06-0035 By Frank Jomo Blantyre, Malawi, 17 January (ENI)--A new school science syllabus in Tanzania that incorporates the teaching of how condoms should be used has angered Roman Catholic bishops who have condemned it as unacceptable. "Introduction of the [teaching of] use of condoms in schools, apart from being sinful, is indeed justification and opening the door for immoral lifestyles," Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, the archbishop of Dar es Salaam, said in a statement issued by Tanzania's Episcopal Conference on 9 January. "Teaching children, some as young as 12 years old, the use of condoms is disastrous." The disputed part of the syllabus lists several ways of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, including the proper use of condoms. The Ministry of Education released the new primary school science syllabus in November 2005. Remaining half deleted to respect copyright. LC
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