Of course, you won’t hear governmental and non-governmental officials saying any of this. In their estimation, Africa’s problem is that it’s too, well, African, and not enough like New York or London. Respect for tradition and belief in a transcendent ideal are things to be overcome, not embraced.
That’s why Brooks came away from his trip “impressed by the level of medical expertise and depressed by the lack of moral, sociological, psychological and cultural expertise.”
While I understand Brooks’s “depression,” his column had the opposite effect on me. It’s so gratifying to see that someone like Brooks, an eminent columnist who is not a Christian, now understands why Christians have emphasized the moral dimension of the AIDS crisis: not because we’re against sex, but because we’re against suffering and death.
Chuck Colson is founder and chairman of BreakPoint Online, a Townhall.com member group.
For further reading and information:
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David Brooks, “The Wisdom We Need to Fight AIDS,” New York Times,
David Brooks, “In Africa, life after AIDS,”
David Brooks, “Liberals, conservatives, and aid,” New York Times,
David Brooks, “A Natural Alliance,” New York Times,
Alan Cooperman, “Religious Right, Left Meet in Middle,”
Shapi Shacinda, “Zambia to put debt relief into AIDS fight,” Reuters,
“South African grandmothers shoulder the care of AIDS orphans,” Todayonline.com,
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