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Religious Leaders Absent in the Anti-AIDS Fight

August 21, 2009

Though they exert great influence in the communities in which they serve, religious leaders are not doing enough to fight HIV/AIDS, said experts at the recent ninth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, held in Bali, Indonesia.

"Many religious groups and leaders are unwilling to address HIV/AIDS and make it a priority. Their commitment level is quite low, particularly when compared to the size of their budget and the amount of work they do," said Donald Messer of the US-based Center of Church and Global AIDS.

"We've been talking about HIV/AIDS and the religious groups' response for three decades now. We're still talking too much even now," said Fiji's Dominica Abo. The "most powerful contribution" religious leaders can make is addressing stigma, discrimination, and biases that put groups like women at high risk for the disease.

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Comment by: Cahtuban (Indonesia) Fri., Aug. 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm UTC
Hi Rick Roberts,
Thanks for your respons.
Koran ( The Holy Qur'an ) is the great evidence :
1. Einstein's Relativity and Heisenberg's Principle are justified by Koran.
2. Climate Change / Global Warming has been written at Koran 14 centuries ago.
3. Over exposure sunlight / UV radiation has been written at Koran.
4. Genetically Modified Organism has been written at Koran.
5. Obviously AIDS has been written at Koran 14 centuries ago.

" Nor is there aught of the unseen, in heaven or earth, but is ( recorded ) in a clear record ( Koran ) "

Please see on : ... Forum.
And you can read an interesting article : How to overcome the stress ?
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Comment by: Rick Roberts (Atlanta, Georgia) Thu., Aug. 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm UTC
It's the 21st century, and they still believe in a magical sky god. How do you expect to appeal to reason?
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Comment by: Cahtuban Thu., Aug. 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm UTC
AIDS actually is a guest sent by God in the world, a kind of warning and forcing element to make the human to go back to the right way, not to exaggerate on destroying their own circles of life, but to organize a harmonious life with the universe.
If you want to know the views of religious people about AIDS, please see on : ...Forum :
- Why is AIDS hard to be healed ?
- What is the true HIV ?
- AIDS treatment ( Concept 1996 ), etc.
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