In today's overpopulated world, in which sexually-transmitted diseases are a scourge, few points about good and evil can be plainer than that contraception is good and opposition to contraception is evil. Yet the Pope remains willfully blind to this.
We are in the early stages of what I think historians will one day call religion's Evidential Reformation. Increasingly, most of us relate to scientific, historic and cross-cultural evidence as more authoritative than a literalist reading of Scripture.
There are a number of Muslims in Muslim countries who may be willing to oppose the reactionary-conservative movements, but they need additional support, both from within Muslim countries as well as from outside.