Friday, May 26, 2006
The Bitch is Back
It is always disheartening to see one of my favorite musicians (at least, in his pre-Caribou days, but everything after that blows) reveal himself to be both a bigot and incapable of simple logic.
It seems Elton John (no, this American will not use the honorific title "Sir"), grieving over the death of his "60 pals" from AIDS, is blaming their deaths on . . . the Catholic Church, because of condoms, or rather, the Church's stance against them.
No, Reggie, it is not the Church's position on birth control that lost you your friends . . . for the majority of them lost their lives to AIDS because of their own position on personal responsibility, or the lack thereof. Consider that with few exceptions (pediatric AIDS, failure to test blood sources), AIDS is 100% preventable . . . by not engaging in the activity that places one at high risk.
I doubt Freddie Mercury, whom is mentioned by the "Off-His-Rocket" Man, thought, "Good Lord, if only the Catholic Church would allow me to use a condom, why, I'd slip one on right now before buggering this fellow before me." In fact, if indeed he was following the Church's prohibition, then he would not have even engaged in such conduct that ultimately cost him his life.
By why bother with such logic? It's far easier to attack the Catholic Church - no disconcerted Muslims to launch a fatwa against you, no accusations of anti-Semitism, no dishonoring indigenous, animistic pagan beliefs - in short, what really is today to be socially acceptable, politically correct bigotry.