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In the U.S., the Church fights family planning. In Thailand, the Church helps.

Why is that? 

Here's a fascinating video that explains how Thailand is working toward real solutions to help put an end to poverty by helping women, and supporting family planning.  The whole video is very interesting, but within the first few minutes, the narrator explains how the church got involved to encourage women to use birth control and to bless condoms.  Meanwhile, in the U.S., we have groups that are doing everything in their power to prevent sex education, family planning services, and in effect, keeping those in poverty in poverty.

It's really a sad commentary on our own country that Thailand is so much more advanced than we are when it comes to innovation to actually help, rather than condemn, the poor.

There, they were able to get the religious on board with this effort, and they are seeing wonderful improvements.  Why do the religious in this country think it's a virtue to burden women and families with more children they can handle?

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jsbenkert

Asked by jsbenkert at 8:47 PM on May. 21, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • Why do the religious in this country think it's a virtue to burden women and families with more children they can handle?

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    "God will never give you more than you can handle."
    "Children are a blessng from god, not a burden."
    "all potential life should be preserved, never prevented."

    Just some standard answers to avoid the REAL problems associated with this line of thinking.
    sahmamax2

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:57 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • Now you know why there are different churches, and why so many people choose different ones. Not everyone agrees with what some churches do/don't do. The US, fortunately (and at least for now), is a nation that allows people to choose what church they attend, as well as choose to not attend any, or follow any other path that they see fit. The US also doles out an astronomical amount of welfare to women and families ... and many of them have never stepped foot in a church (and many who wouldn't give a rat's patootie about what any church 'encouraged' them to do).

    Do what you want, and let other people do the same ... or admit that your idea of freedom of religion only applies to people who practice theirs the way you do. Stop defining morals for others when you refuse to accept their definition as applied to you.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 9:04 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • Did you watch the video, by any chance?
    jsbenkert

    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 9:08 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • Now you know why there are different churches


    Then why is the Catholic church fighting gay rights in one country, while gay priests are in same-sex relationships which receive government benefits in another?  That's not different churches. It's the same church.

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:11 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • Just some standard answers to avoid the REAL problems associated with this line of thinking. ~ sahm

    I don't see it as avoiding the real problems. I see it as a great many people create their own problems, or recognize them and won't make the effort to get beyond them. I see one of the REAL problems being that many who are not church goers want to control the money in churches, and the practice of religion in general. I see many who want religious people to keep their yaps shut and simply hand out money and food and clothing to everyone.

    It is no more the fault of any church than it is the gov'ts'. that there are poor people, plain sluts, etc. In the US you're as poor as you want to be. In a fascist/communist/socialist US, everyone would just be poor, and likely be forbidden ANY rights, including religious rights. How about getting on employers, schools, daycares, etc. instead of blaming God for manmade problems?
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 9:12 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • Did you watch the video, by any chance? ~ OP

    Yup ~ but I'm not big on population 'control' whether it's China's version or some church's version.

    Then why is the Catholic church fighting gay rights in one country, while gay priests are in same-sex relationships which receive government benefits in another? That's not different churches. It's the same church. ~ NP

    For the same reason that some priests chase after little boys, and some priests don't. They may be 'Catholic', but some go by what is in that book, and others make up their own rules.



    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 9:18 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • – collapse
    .....And? Your point is? Oh, wait you don't have one, you just wanted to stir up more trouble. Good job there, ace.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 PM on May. 21, 2012 (hidden) + expand

  • What church? The Catholic church's dictates don't vary from country to country. BC is forbidden by THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (Catholic means universal). If a priest in Thailand is blessing condoms, he is in direct opposition to church teaching and would be quickly shut down
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 9:30 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • For the same reason that some priests chase after little boys, and some priests don't. They may be 'Catholic', but some go by what is in that book, and others make up their own rules.
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    They are not Catholic in any sense of the word.
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 9:31 PM on May. 21, 2012

  • And that monk blessing condoms is a Buddhist monk
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 9:37 PM on May. 21, 2012

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