Queers, condoms and the hand of God

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imageAmong the tips one can offer in using a condom, this one seems pretty bland: Carefully open condom wrappers with your fingers — don’t use a sharp object.

But it’s enough to get the Catholic League in New York riled up at the University of Georgia in Athens. It’s continuing a mix of sex, public universities and a state budget crisis that is proving volatile this year under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

So when the Catholic League in New York objected today to an STD/birth control poster issued by the University of Georgia, the institution folded like a genuine Barlow. The reason? The poster featured Michelangelo’s image of the hand of God giving life to Adam — except that between the two fingers, one mortal and one not, was a condom.

The poster, part of Sexual Awareness Week, was placed in dorms by the university health service, “hijacked” an icon of Christianity, so says the Catholic League, which has a long history of ignoring the health benefits of using condoms. The school quickly apologized.

“I hasten to add that the University of Georgia would never choose a depiction of Muhammad to hawk condoms. Indeed, only a few years ago an inoffensive depiction of this Islamic figure in a Danish cartoon led to murder and churches being burned to the ground. One can only imagine what would have happened had he been portrayed pushing condoms to youth,” wrote League president Bill Donahue.

The condom flap comes on the heels of another college — Georgia State University — coming under fire from lawmakers for having professors that are experts in matters including queer theory, oral sex and mail prostitution, despite clear evidence that the research proves helpful in things as weighty as preventing HIV.

That silliness has captured the attention of even CNN.

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