Catholic Stonehill College recently prohibited students from distributing free condoms in student dormitories, as reported in the Boston Globe. A group of students had collected the condoms from family planning agencies and placed boxes of them in residences on campus. However, when the “higher-ups” at the Catholic college found out about the birth control and sexually-transmitted-disease preventatives, they were confiscated. Hopefully, no students were burned at the stake for the transgression.
So, is it Stonehill or Catholics in general who don’t believe in birth control or disease prevention? But that is a negative positing of the issue. Perhaps Catholics are simply in favor of spreading life-threatening disease and unwanted pregnancies.
Stonehill Spokesman Martin McGovern said, “We’re a private Catholic college. We make no secret of our religious affiliation, and our belief system is fairly straightforward. We don’t expect everyone on campus to agree with our beliefs, but we would ask people, and students in particular, to respect them.” What is it about religion that makes supposedly educated people act like imbeciles? Is the study of evolution also prohibited there?
Common sense and experience tells us:
- College students have sex.
- Unprotected sex can result in unwanted pregnancies.
- Unprotected sex can spread STD’s, of which AIDS can be fatal.
- Condoms can help prevent the transimission of said diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Apparently, Stonehill finds it more important (and morally ethical) to operate under an antiquated, lets-produce-more-Catholics policy than to allow students to look out for the welfare of their peers. The Hangover is no Biblical scholar, but caring for your fellow man was one of Jesus’s messages. In unison, the Catholic church and the educators at Stonehill have goose-stepped away from that tenet. It is the height of hypocrisy.
Examine the following scenario: There’s a fellow who studies hard, carefully examining his favorite subject, religion, on every level. However, he’s a social type and a binge drinker of wine. All his cavorting leads him into a relationship with a young woman of loose morals; some might call her a whore. At this point, nothing can stop them from having sexual relations. One would think that even the Pope would want young Jesus to wrap his rascal when getting down with Mary Magdalene–if only to preclude the work of Dan Brown. It would seem that the Catholic church has enough problems without crusading against the students at its universities.