(Academic Community) Liberal Harvard Scholar in Public Cross-Fire for Agreeing with Pope

Country: International

Date of incident: March 29, 2009

Liberal Harvard scholar Edward Green strongly attacked in public for agreeing with Pope in saying that the distribution of condoms will not prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.

On March 29 of 2009, Edward Greens publishes in the Washington Post: “We liberals who work in the fields of global HIV/AIDS and family planning take terrible professional risks if we side with the pope on a divisive topic such as this. The condom has become a symbol of freedom and -- along with contraception -- female emancipation, so those who question condom orthodoxy are accused of being against these causes.” In an interview, William Crawley of BBC asks Edward Green whether he would have to pay an institutional price for his comments in terms of Harvard. Mr. Green’s answer: “Well, I don't know. I don't know whether our programme would have ended when it's ending if I had been more politically correct. You would have to ask Harvard.” Adminstrative Director at Harvard University's AIDS Prevention Research Project answers in another BBC interview: “… that is not in fact an accurate representation of the situation. Dr. Green may be under public scrutiny for his response to the Pope's comments, but Harvard University does not change grant terms randomly." Full text by Mr. Green: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032702825.html Interview of Mr. Green by BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni/2009/03/aids_expert_who_defended_the_p.html Interview of Harvard Director of AIDS prevention research: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni/2009/04/harvard_and_the_aids_preventio_1.html