The science of sheep
Your tax dollars at work — two national institutes funded a study to determine how valuable "faith" is in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS: http://vastleft.blogspot.com/2007/04/sc ... sheep.html
The study, conducted by the California-based RAND Corporation, concludes that HIV-positive people who say religion is an important part of their lives are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than others with the virus that causes AIDS. One lead investigator for the study said moral beliefs and membership in a faith community might explain the survey's results.
Moral beliefs may indicate an underlying altruism and a desire to make sure no one else is infected with HIV, said senior behavioral scientist David Kanouse. Promoting these feelings could then be used as a component of HIV prevention programs....
Being scientists and all, I'm sure they considered other possibilities. Like maybe religiosity is a turn-off to potential partners. Or perhaps sanctimonious people are dishonest about their sexual practices. No, those are just theories, while the underlying altruism of Christianists is hard fact; I'm sure the people who commissioned this study would stand for no less.
According to the study, Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians were less likely than other mainline Christians, non-Christians and non-religious people to report unprotected sex. Catholics and evangelicals also were less likely to report high-risk sex than other mainline Christians and reported fewer partners than non-Christians....
I guess that's true. Some highly religious Catholics don't report having a lot of partners.
Another factor influencing the high number of non-religious respondents is the fact that many religious groups consider homosexuality to be a morally unacceptable lifestyle. Gay and bisexual men made up more than half of the study participants.
That sounds like a fair test, comparing the canonically high-risk population, which is vilified by organized religion, to the highly religiose.
So, I guess that seals it: praise the lord, but don't pass out the condoms.
No doubt all of the sexually hypocritical priests and the sexually hypocritical religious Republicans mentioned in Jesse/Angel of Mercy's thread "Republican Pedophilia" were a part of this study, too.
AND this thread: http://tvnewslies.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5618
A good site for those who want to debunk some of this religious theory:
http://gods4suckers.net/archives/catego ... y-fundies/