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Mar 20 2013

The advertisement depicts this nation as Sodom and Gomorra

Fabulous. More religious interference with public health – religious leaders in Kenya squawked, so a public service tv ad promoting condom use has been withdrawn. Thank you baby Jesus and thank you Mo.

Christian and Muslim clerics said the advert encouraged infidelity, rather than safe sex to curb HIV/Aids.

In the government-sponsored advert, a woman in an extra-marital affair is advised to use condoms.

Dr Cherutich told the BBC the advert had been launched because up to 30% of married couples had other partners.

Never mind that. The important thing is to monitor other people’s sex lives and punish them for doing it wrong, not to prevent fatal transmissable diseases.

The Kenyan Anglican Church’s Bishop Julius Kalu said the advert, shown on free-to-air TV stations at peak audience times, had promoted extra-marital affairs and sex among school pupils, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports.

“There are better ways of passing useful information to society. This one has certainly failed,” he is quoted as saying.

“It openly propagates immorality, especially when all family members are gathered before television sets, waiting to watch news,” Bishop Kalu said.

Wouldn’t that be a perfect time for the mature members of the family to give its preferred view of sexual morality?

Kenya’s Muslim religious body, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), also condemned TV stations for showing the one-minute-long advert.

“The advertisement depicts this nation as Sodom and Gomorra and not one that values the institution of marriage and family,” Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa, CIPK’s organising secretary, told Kenya’s Business Daily newspaper.

But even people who have sex outside of marriage need to be safe. Start with that.

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  1. 1
    sailor1031

    No, no. It’s about rules made up to control people; not about making peoples’ lives better. And about deriving the most distorted interpretation so as to have a ground for complaint. The fact that many people, not just in Kenya, are having multiple sex partners with all the attendant risks of that is a reality. But we all have to bow to some politely ridiculous fiction so that the religious won’t be offended in their little fucking bubble of non-reality.

  2. 2
    Argle Bargle

    Most professional clergy of any stripe have serious anxieties about sex. Often they want as much sex as they can handle but want to deny it or restrict it to their followers. Certainly the Abrahamic god, as described by his priests, has a morbid fascination with sex.

  3. 3
    Gregory in Seattle

    Because it is better to have dead people who maintained the illusion of protecting your religious fee-fees, than it is to have living people who might have once done something you didn’t like.

  4. 4
    Martha

    The immorality of this stance boggles the mind. And really fucking pisses me off, too.

  5. 5
    zibble

    This is a great stance by the clerics, because not only does it endanger the person in the extramarital affair, it endangers their spouse and their children. And it gets better, because the spouse, unaware s/he’s infected and even feeling confident s/he’s not because s/he’s strictly monogamous, can then endanger people s/he’s not even sleeping with by simply being unaware that their blood is infectious.

    None of it really matters, since as long as Kenya is pure, they’ll go to heaven, right? Right?

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