Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Suffer the Children, Or Make Them Suffer?

Perhaps it was all the incredulous looks but the religious right gave up their initial opposition to the approval of a new vaccine against papilloma virus, the cause of some 70% of cervical cancer, fairly easily. They initially opposed it because protecting girls and women from sexually transmitted diseases is, to certain logically challenged minds, the same as saying "Ah, go ahead, f*ck like a bunny!"

As usual, however, the Righteous Right is just popping up elsewhere to attack in a different way. Now that the FDA has approved the vaccine, they are targeting the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a part of the Centers for Disease Control, which is responsible for establishing the classification of vaccines that the government recommends. In turn, the recommendation usually results in states requiring the vaccination for school children, assures insurance coverage and determines the level of public funding.

Go to the article linked to above to see all the jaw-droppingly stupid comments being made by these people. I'm too depressed to repeat them all. I'll just leave you with one stunner: Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, whose mission statement states that it "promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society," said that he would not have his 13 year-old daughter vaccinated.

I must say that it never occurred to me that child neglect could be the basis for a just, free, and stable society.
Via Red State Rabble.
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