To mark World AIDS Day, Saddelback Pastor Rick Warren is hosting a Civil Forum on Global Health at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Warren will present President Bush with the first “International Medal of PEACE” from the Global PEACE Coalition in recognition of his unprecedented contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The “International Medal of PEACE” is given for outstanding contribution toward alleviating the five global giants recognized by the Coalition, including pandemic diseases, extreme poverty, illiteracy, self-centered leadership and spiritual emptiness. The Bush administration reports that its AIDS initiative helped treat two million people this year living with HIV/AIDS.
The larger question is this - are we any closer to a cure? Of course not. There's no money in finding a cure for anything. Parmacutical companies make their money on prevention, treatment.
This is par for the course from Rick Warren and all like him. Create an award and give it a really fancy name that includes "Peace". Then, give it to the man that has done little, if anything, to promote "peace" and you've got a fantastic story the conservative meda will run with for years.
More here Faiz Shakir @ THINK PROGRESS.
The part about "alleviating self-centered leadership" is just plain laughable.