Sunday, January 04, 2009

When religion plays the science card

Apparently the Catholic church believes that the pill, you know the thing the ladies use to avoid being sprogged up, is a major cause for men's infertility because girl's wee wee gets into the water.

Here's the ABC report repeated in full (from here).

Contraceptive pill to blame for male infertility: Vatican

The contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is in part responsible for male infertility, a report in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said.

The pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine, said Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, in the report.

"We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further.

"We are faced with a clear anti-environmental effect which demands more explanation on the part of the manufacturers."

The article was promptly dismissed by several organisations.

"Once metabolised, the hormones contained in oral contraceptives no longer have any of the characteristic effects of feminine hormones," said Gianbenedetto Melis, vice-president of a contraceptive research association, quoted by the ANSA news agency.

The hormones contained in the pill such as oestrogen "are present everywhere... in plastic, in disinfectants, in meat that we eat," added Flavia Franconi, of the Society of Italian Pharmacology.

Pope Benedict XVI in October reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of artificial birth control.

Contraception "means negating the intimate truth of conjugal love, with which the divine gift (of life) is communicated," the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics wrote on the 40th anniversary of a papal encyclical on the topic.

An encyclical is a letter usually treating some aspect of Catholic doctrine and issued occasionally by the pope.

The landmark document, whose title in English is On the Regulation of Birth, was published at a time when the development of the Pill was giving new sexual freedom to women across the world.

Millions of Catholics distanced themselves from Rome as a result.

Aw ... isn't it cute when the Vatican promotes junk backyard survivalist compound esq "science"?

So, so cute.

As luck would have it, this idea that naughty lady wee wee femms up the fish and those that consume water, was actually used by the NO TO RECYCLING camp in the great Toowoomba plebiscite on recycled water from a couple of years ago.

I'm guessing the people that believe this aren't aware that all water is in fact recycled from something...

2 comments:

  1. Ah, The Vatican and science. What a great pair.

    Next they'll be saying man-boobs are the direct result of rebellious jezabelles wearing lipstick!

    Here's a thought - The Vatican is against "artificial" birth control. So ... get the intestines of an animal, fashion a "natural" condom using said internal organs and human hair (for the sewing) and viola! Natural birth control.

    Another form of birth control - only fuck those of the same sex.

    See, Vatican. You ARE up (ahem, so to speak) for homosexuality!

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  2. Well Romans did try that method with the sheep intestines I think...

    I also do find it ironic that an organisation that is reputed to have more homosexuals in it on a proportional basis than the general population is so anti gay ...

    (On a related topic check out Dickipedia's Tom Cruise - see left menu)

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