In 2013, Michael Booth found that nearly half of children in the United States were under-vaccinated. A massive study of 320,000 children ages two to seven also revealed that the number of parents refusing or waiting to vaccinate their children had steadily increased since 2004.
Booth was featured on an episode of On Point Radio, discussing Colorado’s pushback against the anti-vaccine movement at the time. The state is particularly interested in the parents of children who are refusing vaccinations for whooping cough and measles, two diseases thought to have been conquered though have recently seen a disturbing uptick—Booth reports that 5-6% of children are coming into school without proper vaccinations.
When mentioning vaccinations, first to mind is often the controversy over their role in causing autism, as most famously declared by Andrew Wakefield. Researchers like booth have been discredited time and again, although doctors often hear it used as an excuse as to why parents still refuse to vaccinate.
Such theories end up giving religious leaders and beliefs more reason to refuse vaccines, note that they refuse vaccines because it is by man’s power and not God or their gods but re-enforce their statements by using theories by other scientists that support they beliefs. I wonder those are not men as well.
Apart from vaccination, they are a great many religions that condemn blood transfusions, and surgery. In fact there’s a doctor that was sued for performing a blood transfusion to save a man’s life.
Many people believe that the words of men of the divine and the doctrines of their faith are absolute and forget that they once was a time where many belief system including Christianity called it a crime to say the earth not the center of the universe or was not flat. But today even the catholic Church has delayed that a belief in the existence of alien life does not contradict a belief in God.
So I present to you a question if your only child who is 7 months old that you gave birth to at the age of 50 is dying and the only way to save her is by giving her a blood transfusion but your faith says otherwise, what would you do, and if you let her die do you think your god or God will be pleased.
Situations like these are where feelings clash with fact. Justifying not getting vaccinated or giving proper treatment based on feelings or faith is not acceptable. Allowing children to become infected with preventable diseases and dying from simply solved problems based on bunk science or, worse, believing a doctrine is simply, and tragically, ignorant.