Mallon's Media Watch

Mallon's Media Watch

Saturday, June 07, 2003

People who really, really really, don't get it

Rainbow Sash Movement - Gay "Catholic" Activists

"The National Council of Catholic Bishops have said any person wearing rainbow colors on Pentecost Sunday will be refused the Eucharist. This threat is born out of fear and ignorance.

No it isn't. The Catholic Church neither ignorant nor afraid of homosexuals or homosexuality. Church teaching refuses the Eucharist to those who are living deliberately in mortal sin. Sexual relations, be they homosexual or heterosexual, outside of marriage (defined as a sacramental union between a man and a woman) are mortal sin. It is a condemnation of acts, not persons. If one feels this teaching is wrong or even sinful they may be obliged in conscience not to be Catholic. The Church holds these teachings as divinely revealed by God and is therefore not free to change them.
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Thursday, June 05, 2003

The Friday Fax

Dear Colleague,

We report today on something of a slow train wreck, and that is the move of UNICEF from child survival to radicalism. A top executive of UNICEF just told the UNICEF board that there needs to be legalized prostitution and unionized prostitutes. He also called for universal access to condoms, without regard to age. He also condemned the theory of abstinence.

In the coming weeks C-FAM will issue a major report on UNICEF. Watch for it.

Spread the word.

Yours sincerely,

Austin Ruse President

Action item: Pray for a friend of mine who was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. Do it right now, would you?

Clarification: Congressional Quaterly requested that we clarify an item from the Friday Fax two weeks ago regarding our recent ad in CQ Today and UNFPA's request for a retraction of it. We said that CQ had denied the retraction request based on back-up material we sent to CQ, but the company states that it has not yet responded to UNFPA on the matter and is awaiting UNFPA's promised material before rendering a decision. Our report was based on what we believe to be a statement of resolution from a CQ official.


June 6, 2003
Volume 6, Number 24

Top UNICEF official calls for legalized and unionized prostitution

On Tuesday, a high ranking UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) official called for the legalization of prostitution and for UNICEF to make condoms available "for everybody, everywhere and at all times." Speaking at the annual session of UNICEF's Executive Board, Urban Jonsson, UNICEF Eastern and Southern African Regional Director, said that UNICEF would need to pursue such "controversial ideas in the near future if we are to win the war against HIV/AIDS."

Specifically Jonsson urged that UNICEF take actions to "de-criminalise sex-work and facilitate the organisation of sex-workers." Jonsson did not elaborate on how UNICEF would achieve these ends, but claimed that "Experience from Europe and Thailand has shown that when sex-workers are organized they are in a stronger position to negotiate safer sex with their clients."

However, it remains an open question whether this position would be effective in reducing AIDS infection rates. Writing in a February 27 Wall Street Journal column, Donna M. Hughes, professor of women's studies at the University of Rhode Island, and an expert in sexual trafficking, wrote that efforts to make "sex work" safer for prostitutes fail because many prostitutes in countries like Thailand are underage and virtual slaves in their brothels, thereby making it impossible for them to negotiate for condom use. Hughes cites a US Agency for International Development (USAID) study that determined that efforts to organize prostitutes "had no significant impact on a Œsex worker's freedom of movement‚ or Œthe ability of sex workers to refuse clients who did not want to use condoms‚" Hughes concludes that the best way to protect prostitutes is to liberate them from brothels.

In his statement, Jonsson also calls for an end to discourse over the relative effectiveness of condom use. Jonnson told the meeting of diplomats and bureaucrats "Let us stop the almost metaphysical debate on the pros and cons of the use of condoms. Let us follow the decision of the government of Botswana to make condoms available and accessible for everybody, everywhere and at all times. The use of condoms is not the full or the final solution, but it has been a part of all known successes to reduce HIV infections. Abstinence is simply not a realistic option for most young people in the world today."

Jonnson's contentions are contradicted by a USAID report for Uganda, the only country in sub-Saharan Africa in which the AIDS epidemic has been contained. According to USAID, condom use did not play a significant role in Uganda's success. What is more, USAID found that behavior change, abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage, was the most important element of the Ugandan program.

Jonnson's comments are sure to fuel the growing suspicion that UNFICEF has departed significantly from its central mission of protecting poor children from disease, hunger and death. There is a feeling among many that UNICEF has ventured more into promotion of what some see as a radical notion of women's rights, especially under Executive Director Carol Bellamy.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2003
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