Monday, July 04, 2005

Muslim nations facing AIDS crisis?

News to me. Of course, this is Agence France-Press reporting it, so take it with a grain of salt. If true, it begs the question: how's that possible? Muslim culture is vehemently anti-gay and people are literally executed over engaging in that behavior. Same with drugs. Same with pre-marital sex, judging by the teenage girls getting hung and stoned to death.

I believe, however, that in spite of the denials Muslim culture has these same components as western culture. It's just that it appears to be far more acceptable to discuss them here than there. If true, then the author of the story is correct: the denial is placing their nations and their culture at great risk in that AIDS has a nasty tendency to spread quickly where its existence isn't acknowledged.