Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome Listecki has criticized a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made out of 17,000 colored condoms and displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum as an "attack on faith." The museum is arguing that the portrait, called "Eggs Benedict," is only meant to spark a discussion about the pontiff's opposition to condoms as a method to battle AIDS.
"What's at play here is either an intentional attack on a faith tradition and its teachings or a publicity stunt for the artist," said Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Listecki, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. "And we would be opposed to any faith tradition or religious leader being attacked in such a way."
The museum reportedly noted that it has received over 200 complaints about the portrait, and said that a handful of patrons have dropped their membership as a result of the controversy. It insisted, however, that the point of the art piece is to get people to think about Benedict's opposition to condoms as a method of birth control, which is a position upheld by the Vatican. more >>
About $6 billion per year is now spent on a cocktail of drugs to treat "HIV disease"—a positive blood test for antibody for human immunodeficiency virus, the accepted cause for AIDS. Treatment generally starts when the patient's CD4 white blood cell count drops below 350-500. (Normal is 500 to 1,200 per cubic millimeter.) But if we didn't wait for this, we could spend $20 billion.
A front-page story in The New York Times trumpets a call to start treatment immediately, based on the cleverly named START trial (Strategic Timing for Antiretroviral Treatment), which was designed to test whether patients who got immediate treatment did better than those for whom treatment was delayed. Some 4,685 HIV-positive persons in 35 countries, of median age 36, were involved.
The AIDS industry and its government allies were just waiting for evidence to justify a change in policy. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, which sponsored the trial, said he had had "no doubt how it was going to turn out." The trial was stopped early, when a (statistically) significant difference of 53 percent favoring the treatment group was announced . more >>
Texas health officials have denied reports of a chlamydia outbreak at a small West Texas High school that teaches an abstinence-only sex-education program.
Earlier this week, national media outlets sparked concern after it was claimed that there were 20 confirmed cases of chlamydia among the 300 or so students at Crane High School. However, on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services told The Christian Post that this figure is inaccurate and there has been four confirmed cases out of Crane County in recent weeks and those are not necessarily students.
"There's no outbreak," Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services, told CP. "The number right now, they've been updated today, so there are four cases of chlamydia infection reported from Crane County." more >>
Editor's note: The Christian Post was invited by World Vision Zambia to meet with locals who have been impacted by the organization's water, sanitation and hygiene program. This is the second of a series of articles on that trip, which took place March 22-28. Read part one: Sickness, Discomfort and Death: the Fate of Families and Children With No Access to Clean Water.
A woman, perhaps in her 30s, sat on the bench adjacent to the nurse's desk. Her child, 15 months old, sat tucked inside the colorful homemade sling strapped across her back and her left side. It was finally her turn to speak with the nurse. Her child's nearly-bare head bobbed from side to side as he peered wide-eyed around the 8x10 room at the narrowed eyes set in strange faces peering back at him. But the strangers could not hold his steady gaze, their eyes weighed down by the sadness and shock that gripped them after his mother had entered into the room. more >>
Editor's note: The Christian Post was invited by World Vision Zambia to meet with locals who've been impacted by the organization's water, sanitation and hygiene program. This is the first of a series of articles on that trip, which took place March 22-28.
Mira Buumba, 55, could have died. Or so it seemed when she became severely ill from a bout of diarrhea. Unable to take care of herself, much less do common household chores, Buumba's grandchildren had to skip school to help take care of her. Neither Ms. Buumba nor her family had any idea what had made her so gravely ill, further complicating the situation. They did not realize, until later, that the cause of her sickness was the very water that her family and neighbors had been using everyday to cook, clean and keep themselves hydrated.
"If you saw her photo you would be shocked," World Vision Zambia Communications Officer Collins Kaumba, serving as a guide and translator, said relating her previous condition. more >>
The Christian pop rock band, Newsboys, are grateful that they can still sell out shows after forming close to three decades ago, but the foursome decided to up the ante by working to end world hunger on their current tour.
Duncan Phillips, Jody Davis, Jeff Frankenstein and Michael Tait are currently selling out shows as Newsboys on their "We Believe...God's Not Dead" 2015 Spring Tour. However, the band is doing more than providing an entertaining worship experience for people, but they have partnered with Food For The Hungry (FH) to help put an end to poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
The Newsboys' spring tour began last Feb. and will allow the band to stop in over 40 cities. At each show, information about FH and its child sponsorship program will be given to those in attendance. more >>