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Originally posted by The Astral City
This is really nothing new. Many religions have theological problems with modern medicine and it can have very tragic results
Aside from Scientologists the Christian Scientists are horribly anti-medicine to the point where members do not vaccinate their children at all, and some members do not even set broken bones, believing that their faith in God will heal them. Interestingly they do believe that dentistry is not medicine and they can have all modern dental procedures done.
Uh huh... Are you talking about the Church of Science? I hope you are not talking about Christians in general because that just retarded.
As I study more religions I find myself more and more at odds with those that shun medicine. I believe that there are times when the American freedom of religion is used as a smokescreen to infirnge upon the rights of others to saftey and well being. I think that while this is a delicate issue the US government should follow the lead of the Europeans and force parents to do what is proven to be in the best interests of their children.
How the hell can they "infirnge" on others rights. Do you know plenty of non religious people don't like the vacinations? Do you know why? Bet not, allow me to inform, one, people do generaly die from them, granted it is not a lot, but a percentage of people do end up dead. Flu shots kill a lot of older people. Because the are prone to slightly bring on the flue. A older man or women getting even a slight case of the flu, can be deadly. The same goes for a young child.
Now as for people like the woman in Florida, she willingly went with the cultists, the choice was her own, this will probably protect the cult from any leagal action in criminal courts but a good deal of money could be won by the woman's family in a civil action.
I will also say that this just adds more proof to the Chinese Government's controverical statement that religion can be one of the most dangerous things on the planet, and tragic results can come of the misuse of faith.