And today’s view from our WTF Department:
Pope says condom use might be okay for male prostitutes to protect themselves from HIV.
Extreme Right-Wing Bloviater Glenn Beck preaches long-standing socialist tenent to West Point cadets visiting his TeeVee Box studio.
Wait…what? West Point cadets were part of Beck’s, “The Crazy Hour,” on the Faux News Network? Is that legal?
No, this is not Backwards World. This is life and sometimes it’s stranger than fiction.
What the Pope said, precisely, is this:
“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization.”
This is the Pope, mind you: the Holy See, the Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, the pontifical arbiter of all things sexual (made up that last one).
He makes his remarks in a book to be published on Tuesday, The Light of the World. And it’s curious he would use this particular example.
Of course, he further stipulates:
“(The Church) does not regard (condom use) as a real or moral solution, but, in this or that case, there can be nonetheless, in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality.”
His Holiness doesn’t explain which kind of condom might be okay for male prostitutes to use: lubricated, lamb skin, tickle-me-elmo; he’s just not clear on that point.
It’s a hard subject and many folks around the world – male prostitutes in particular – see this as an opening…of sorts.
In a completely separate bizarre story linked only by the general subject of male anatomy, Glenn Beck takes up a principle cause of the Paris Commune of 1871: salaries of government workers.
On his Friday TeeVee Box show, Beck told West Point cadets the salaries of government workers should not be more than the salaries of average workers.
The Public Record was quick to point out Beck’s position is precisely the same as Lenin’s when in a speech in 1911, Lenin lauded the Paris Commune’s work and goals as a necessary step toward communism.
“And, as if to emphasize its character as a truly democratic, proletarian government, the Commune decreed that the salaries of all administrative and government officials, irrespective of rank, should not exceed the normal wages of a worker,” said Lenin.
Beck and Lenin, agreeing on the same point. Who woulda thunk it?
I’m gonna stick with Marx and Lennon (Groucho and John).