BBC NEWS | Africa | Burundi's HIV church wedding ban: "Roman Catholic Church leaders in Burundi have told priests not to conduct wedding ceremonies for people who are HIV positive.AIDS victims have sometimes little time to look forward too, and much pain to look forward too. When they find someone willing to support them through the pain, when they find love - yes that happens in Africa too, you @#$%^# - they are going to make it imposible for them to get married? That is the compassionate Christian church? This is unbelievable!!!! Outrageous!!! [Update 03-29-06: The BBC has since said that contrary to initial reports they would be able to marry anyway]. I am fuming, because it seems like the church is not realizing the extent of the problem of AIDS on the continent. Neither do the leaders of the countries; case and point:
Couples in the central African state will have to give an HIV test certificate to the priest. Aids activists said this was discriminatory.
Guidelines in a booklet issued by the church authorities also forbid church weddings for pregnant women."
""The church will not bless the engaged couple if they do not present this document."
But an association of people with HIV, ANSS, said it was against "forced tests", reports the Reuters news agency.
"The church has a duty to moralise to people, but to moralise to people or give good advice... does not mean becoming a policeman or giving orders," ANSS head Jeanne Gapiya said."
IRIN Africa | Southern Africa | NAMIBIA | NAMIBIA: Calls for the legalisation of prostitution | Gender issues-Health-HIV AIDS-Human Rights | News ItemsEven when the problem stares them in the face, and people offer viable potential actions, they reject it without remorse, in the name of some hypocritical moral ground that is contributing in killing our population; hypocritical because many of the leaders get prostitutes delivered at their palaces. We need to stop the hide and seek game with AIDS, because it will always win. Wake up Africa!!!
"WINDHOEK, 24 Mar 2006 (IRIN/PLUSNEWS) - When former Namibian health minister Libertina Amathila made an emotional plea five years ago for prostitution to be legalised, her cabinet colleagues, parliament and the churches shot her views down, saying they were unacceptable.
Amathila argued that legalising the trade would empower sex workers to negotiate safer sex and help slow the spread of HIV, because they could then be tested, treated, counselled and educated about sexually transmitted diseases.
Richard Kamwi, Amathila's successor, said the government would not revisit the matter, but the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) has insisted a rethink is necessary in a country with an adult HIV prevalence rate of over 21 percent."