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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review May 5, 2006 / 7 Iyar, 5766


By Kathleen Parker

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Once upon a time on Planet Earth — before the scourge of AIDS — the subject of condoms rarely came up in polite company.

Today, condoms have become the coin of the political realm, while debates break out in the politest of places — from the Vatican to the Senate to the pulpit to the pew.

In the past few days, reports from Rome have indicated that the Vatican is considering sanctioning the use of condoms among married couples when one of the partners is infected with AIDS.

This move, though not yet a done deal, has been heralded as revolutionary and as a sign of hope for AIDS sufferers, especially in Africa, where some 6,600 people die every day of the disease.

The Vatican has made clear that any endorsement of condom use to prevent the spread of disease should not be construed as a shift in doctrine regarding birth control. This highly technical exception, if approved, would be permitted only in the spirit of self-defense, not contraception.

That distinction already has been embraced by some Catholics closer to home, notably Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who have been pushing Congress to donate ever larger sums to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In an amendment sponsored by the two men earlier this year, the Senate approved an additional $566 million in funding for the Global Fund, raising the total proposed allocation for fiscal year 2007 to $866 million.

While such expenditures are consistent with President George W. Bush's pledge to fight AIDS in Africa, they are nonetheless controversial in some quarters, specifically to Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, who has been expressing disapproval and sending oblique threats to Santorum via the airwaves.

Why? Because the Global Fund distributes money to countries and organizations, including some faith-based ones, that in addition to distributing drugs to AIDS victims also distribute condoms — sometimes, possibly, to people who may use them for unapproved purposes, including prostitution.

But condom distribution is a minute part of the work the Global Fund provides for, which includes antiretrovirals to more than 384,000 AIDS victims, care for widows and orphans, and treatment of more than 1 million cases of TB.

Yet, in one of his radio broadcasts, Dobson used the word "wicked" to describe the Global Fund and to let Santorum know that he was on thin ice. Although he didn't name Santorum, you don't have to be Valerie Plame to figure out that the Pennsylvania senator was his target.

Excerpted here, he said:

"... I mean, that money is going to promote legalized prostitution and all kinds of wickedness around the world. And what has just happened in the Congress is that a deal was brokered ... some very prominent people, one of them a very conservative friend of mine, helped bring this about, along with very prominent Democrats."

Dobson promised to name names in a future broadcast if necessary to thwart funding of the Global Fund and warned listeners that bureaucrats couldn't be trusted with their money.

On a given day, I'd have to agree with Dobson on the latter point. Congress often spends money in ways we don't like (see Porkbusters.org). But I'm betting that money spent on whatever means necessary, including condoms, to stop the spread of AIDS isn't high on most lists.

We can also bet that Dobson's "very conservative friend" isn't Durbin but Santorum. No good deed goes unpunished, of course, and Santorum, who long has led the compassionate charge among conservatives, seems to be rich in enemies from both sides these days.

What this split among social conservatives portends for him politically will become clearer as the November elections approach, though Santorum recently has been rising in popularity in his home state. Last November, he was 16 percentage points behind his challenger, Pennsylvania Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. This week, a poll found him just six points behind Casey.

What is clear now is that Santorum puts his money where his principles are, rather than where he's likely to gain the most political traction.

While some may prefer the higher ideal of abstinence in fighting AIDS, even the Vatican seems to recognize that the lowdown reality demands something else. You can't change the hearts and minds of dead people.

Meanwhile, arguing to withhold help from people ravaged by disease because someone somewhere might have sex using a condom — now that's "wicked."

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