January 19, 2006

Christian Extremists Oppose Cancer Treatment

Want to get mad? I mean really mad. Okay, check this out this story in the San Francisco Bay Guardian but don't say I didn't warn you.

In a move reminding us that Pat Robertson may be crazy but is certainly not alone, effective vaccines for the STD responsible for most cases of cervical cancer are being opposed by conservative Christians. Why? Vaccinating teens against STDs will encourage pre-martial sex. Evidently, pre-martial sex is an evil only exceeded by homosexuality.

It appears we have yet another example of how religious belief is standing in the way of medical advances (anyone remember the stem cell controversy?). When we picture our mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends, wives, etc. dying from a form of cancer that could have been prevented with this vaccine, we should be energized to oppose religious insanity.

"Conservative groups, including the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, have already suggested that vaccinating young girls would send them a message that premarital sex is acceptable." People, there is a difference between you thinking that something is unacceptable and it actually being unacceptable. Let those of us who are willing to embrace reality protect the women in our lives by calling attention to the true impact of religion.

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