Facebook Users to Deluge Pope With Condoms

Thousands protest pontiff's claim that contraceptives don't halt HIV
By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2009 7:57 AM CDT
Facebook Users to Deluge Pope With Condoms
About a dozen different groups have been created on Facebook in protest of the pope's recent statement that condoms are ineffective in preventing the spread of HIV.   (Facebook/Newser)

The pope’s recent remark that condoms not only don’t prevent the spread of HIV but make it worse hasn’t earned him many friends on Facebook, CNN reports. Almost a dozen groups have sprung up in protest of the pontiff’s scientifically inaccurate statement, with thousands of Facebookers—many of them in Europe—pledging to send millions of condoms to the Vatican.

"The clergy aren't supposed to have sex at all, but they are free to tell people how to conduct themselves? That's like a girl who wears no make-up as the CEO of CoverGirl," writes the member of one group. "It frightens me that a man who has devoted his life to moral guidance ... and is undeniably a learned, intelligent man can be at the same time so narrow-minded, bigoted and irresponsible," posts another. (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)

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