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Aug 25 2013

Blind Faith Leads To…Measles

*hums to self* Let’s see what’s going on in Texas today. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised or…

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Image shows the Rage Guy rage face screaming “Fuuuuuuu-” overlapping an outline of Texas.

Or maybe not.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting “Health alert issued as measles suddenly spreads near Dallas“.

Fucking measles. You know what prevents measles? A super easy, minimally invasive medical procedure called the fucking measles vaccine. But some people don’t want to give their kiddos the measles vaccine because fucking Andrew Wakefield fucking lied about his fucked up research and made all these fucking vaccine conspiracy nuts think that the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine causes autism. And now there’s all this misinformation out in the public mind about potential links between autism and vaccines.

And do you know what’s even more frightening than reading scare stories from wackaloons in anti-vax internet forums and listening to Jenny McCarthy spout fucking rumors and beliefs about how vaccines might cause your baby to develop autism? When your fucking pastor – your religious and spiritual leader – is a firm believer in this anti-science crapola and encourages you not to vaccinate your kids. It’s your holy, wise pastor – your link to the omnipotent guy in the sky. Surely your pastor surely knows what’s best, right?

From Gawker:

Terri Pearsons, the daughter of prominent televangelist Kenneth Copeland, and the leader of Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, has long warned followers to stay away from vaccines, promoting the idea that they cause autism. The un-vaccinated congregation was recently put in danger when a member left the country and came in contact with measles. They then returned to Texas, where they interacted with the congregation, as well as handled children in the church’s on-site day-care center.

Nine children and six adults have been infected with the disease, twelve of whom were not fully vaccinated.

Fuck.

Well hey – at least the non-vaccinated masses are standing by their convictions. That’s worth something even if a few kids get sick, right? Again, from Gawker:

Following the outbreak, Pearsons has called on all congregants to become vaccinated.

“Our children and even adults of all ages need to be immunized now to stop the spread of measles and prevent those potential complications,” She said. “The disease is only shut down when all are immunized.”

*headdesk*

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  1. 1
    leni

    A super easy, minimally invasive medical procedure called the fucking measles vaccine.

    FMMR :)

  2. 2
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    A super easy, minimally invasive medical procedure called the fucking measles vaccine.

    That’s unfair, my kids only got the normal vaccine, not the fucking one!
    I got none at all. I got measles. They were horrible.

    1. 2.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      Ha! Don’t worry. While the FMMR is slightly more badass than the MMR, the original confers equivalent protection.

      And I’m so sorry you had to go through a measles infection yourself. :(

      1. Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

        Me too.
        I had a bunch of these “childhood diseases”.
        Partly because I’m ooold, partly because 25 years ago people thought that “well, they’re childhood diseases because you should get them”.
        Never a serious case, although getting chicken pox on my 21st birthday was terrible, but still, if my cases were the worst thing that can happen I would still vaccinate

  3. 3
    Avery

    I’d just like to point out that this is precisely the opposite of blind faith. It’s blind skepticism of scientific authorities, and failure to understand how medicine works. What is needed here is not atheism but science education.

    1. 3.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      I’m not proposing atheism as a solution to this problem, Avery. But I do take issue with the fact that a religious leader who is in a position of power over her congregrants is encouraging anti-science views and actions that puts them and the broader public in danger.

      While science education is vitally important, we know that all of the knowledge and evidence in the world isn’t enough to convince people who wish to believe something other than what the science supports. As your comment implies, how is science education going to help those who don’t trust science?

      Also “skepticism” isn’t a dirty word ’round this place, and “blind skepticism” is one of the biggest oxymorons I’ve heard in a while.

  4. 4
    Tim Tessman

    I have been trying to think of a name for my Fantasy Football team all week. I think I have it, thanks to your help. The Blind Skeptics! It’s perfect.

    Seriously, I really appreciated your vent. As a preacher’s kid, I have more than my share of pent up anger over the brain washing I was put through as a child. I love how religious leaders bawk at the thought of scientists commenting on religious beliefs, but at the same time they have no problem with trying practice medicine.

  5. 5
    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    I really wish there was a provision in law that would allow this shithead to be prosecuted for this.

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