Not a Knee Jerk, Conservative Jerk, Reaction
February 6, 2010
A few weeks back I blogged about an after hours drug rehab program in Puerto Rico that gives away needles to their clients after hours from a vending machine. With tongue in cheek I asked, “When will we see this in Schenectady?
While there aren’t any vending machines just yet right down the road from Schenectady, in neighboring Albany NY, Catholic Charities is giving away clean needles from a mobile van unit.
There are people raising all kinds of objections to this program, in spite of the fact that it’s already up and running in 17 communities around the state. They say it encourages more drug use. Of course proponents of the plan insist they’ve reduced the spread of AIDS where the program is in place.
The knee jerk conservative reaction would be to agree with the law enforcement people who believe we’re just going to be stuck with allot more lazy addicts to deal with. And who says a real addict gives a darn about a clean needle anyway.
But I’m not a knee jerk conservative. There’s something else to consider here as well. Besides handing out needles shouldn’t Catholic Charities be handing out hope as well?
The last time I checked Catholics were still considered to be Christians.
Jesus,God,redemption,salvation, THE BIBLE!
We’re supposed to be all about hope.
Anything to reduce the spread of AIDS is a good thing. But wouldn’t getting people off drugs and into rehab be even better?
It’s the same thing when it comes to handing out free condoms to teenagers. I’m not a knee jerk conservative here either. Condoms can also prevent the spread of STD’s, reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and reduce the need for abortions. So I’m for the whole condom idea as long people also talk about taking pride in one’s body.
Oh No! It’s the dreaded “A” word!
Hey! It’s your body and your time.
Who says you have to lose your virginity by 16 anyway?
Therefore I believe anything out to prevent the spread of HIV is a good thing.
I just think it would be better to try and reach out to people’s souls as well.
-What say you?
Feel free to comment pro or con.
Just don’t be too snarky OK? 😉