Does Islam Prevent AIDS?

Maps have many fathers. One of them is the genie of omission. So beware of the map that is too straightforward and simple. It may very well be obscuring something. For also in cartography, this general rule applies: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. An interesting point in case are the twin maps of Africa shown below, one of the spread of Islam, the other the spread of AIDS. The contrast is striking: where one occurs, the other is absent. Is this proof of Islam’s salutary effects? Or do the maps merely demonstrate the power of map-based propaganda?

The message implied by the juxtaposition of these two maps is clear and simple: Islam is the best form of AIDS prevention. These maps first popped up on Pass the Knowledge [1], the blog of Dr. Bilal Philips. A Jamaican native, Dr. Philips grew up in Canada, where he converted to Islam. He studied in Saudi Arabia and the UK, and currently resides in Qatar. Dr. Philips’ supposedly extremist views have gotten him expelled or barred from half a dozen countries. As recently as January 28, his blog re-posted a speech by Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American propagandist of jihad who was killed by a US drone strike in 2011.

  • Exile1981

    Actually does stop the spread of AIDS; they toss all the infected people off of buildings or burn them alive or drown them or stone them.

    When you execute the carrier it’s hard to have it spread.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You can colour any map any way you want.
      It doesn’t mean it is true or any less a lie.

      • Exile1981

        I agree, I was just commenting that with islam being all about killing gays and infected people it’s not surprising the disease is less common. Now that doesn’t mean islam is preventing the disease it just means those who have it will hide it to keep from being tossed off a building.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    AIDS is in many ways like climate change. It is real, but its cause, diagnosis and treatment are open to question. The standard tests are based on the presence of certain proteins said to be present in the antibodies of the infected and do not directly identify the presence of the virus. More than 20 years ago, a team of Australian doctors identified around 60 different conditions that generate the presence of these proteins, including malaria, tuberculosis, pregnancy and flu vaccinations. Those scientists who questioned whether or not a certain virus causes AIDS were subject to the same censorship and persecution that afflict the doubters of man-made global warming and for the same reason — such skepticism impinged on the profits of entrenched interests.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’ll take under-reported and stigmatized diseases that will get you killed under sharia law for $200 Alex.

    One of the reasons that Africa enjoys such a rampant and intractable AIDS epidemic is due to the practice of using sand and dirt as a counter lubricant so it feels better for the man. Maybe the Muslums just don’t do that one thing?
    Who knows.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      A bigger reason for the African epidemic is the unsanitary environment that too many people live under. Filthy drinking water and untreated sewage tend to weaken immune systems to the degree that they become easy prey for the virus.

    • MRHapla

      A: What is killed before symtoms show?

  • Frances

    Islam doesn’t prevent AIDS: it just fails to either report or treat it.

    • Zaba

      and no gays in Iran……

  • Martin B

    Here you go, HIV global prevalence:
    1) Note how almost all the countries with No Data are Mohammedan. What are they hiding?
    2) Some Muzzy nations do report the lowest level of HIV prevalence, <0.1%, but then so do Japan, S Korea, Mongolia, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia & other nearly Muzz-free nations. Does Shinto prevent AIDS? Drinking lots of Czech pilsner?
    3) Plenty of Mohammedan nations report higher or much higher rates of HIV than Canada, and you can trust Canadian health data about a million times as much as you can trust that the numbers from the low-incidence Muzzy countries are reliable.

  • luna

    Islam killed more people than AIDS.

  • luna

    Under Islam, men commonly have sex with their wives, female captives, young boys, goats, other men, and if they believe if they die killing non-Muslims they’ll be rewarded with sex in the afterlife.

  • luna

    Islam doesn’t prevent AIDS, but Islam may prevent AIDS testing.

    • wallyj180

      That sums it up very well.

  • edlancey

    Maybe the Western doctors are missing a trick, screwing a goat after a young catamite might act like an anti-Aids carwash.

  • BillyHW

    Was Yasser Arafat counted in this data set?

  • pike bishop

    North or South it is the heart of darkness.

  • lolwut?

    It could also be they simply hide it well.

    When was the last time you heard about the AIDS situation in China?
    You don’t, because it’s communist and they control the flow of information
    as does countries with dictatorships.

  • John

    there are quite a number of AIDs cases in Afganistan, Pakistan and Iran because of drug addicts sharing needles.

  • mauser 98

    a goat population overlay would be interesting

  • MRHapla

    Start testing the goats, camels and sheep for HIV-AIDS,,then report.

  • DMB