Whenever fanatics use religion as an excuse to deny science, it’s always selective and hypocritical cherry picking. They ignore the science that their rabid ideologue leaders tell them to ignore, but then keep the parts they like despire the fact that both were a product of the same scientific method.
The CEO of a hospital system in Arkansas is calling the fanatics’ bluff, telling them to fully live up to their words, or stop pretending that this is about “freedumb” and personal responsibility.
If only more companies had the spine to do this. I see that today IBM and American Airlines have given Greg Abbatoir the middle finger, telling him they won’t comply with his anti-vaxxer manchild rant. I mean, “mandate”. Other companies need to do this and show that private corporations have the freedom to act in their own interests – something which the republiclowns claim to believe in.
A hospital system in Arkansas is making it a bit more difficult for staff to receive a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The hospital is now requiring staff to also swear off extremely common medicines, such as Tylenol, Tums, and even Preparation H, to get the exemption.
The move was prompted when Conway Regional Health System noted an unusual uptick in vaccine exemption requests that cited the use of fetal cell lines in the development and testing of the vaccines.
“This was significantly disproportionate to what we’ve seen with the influenza vaccine,” Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, told Becker’s Hospital Review in an interview Wednesday.
“Thus,” Troup went on, “we provided a religious attestation form for those individuals requesting a religious exemption,” he said. The form includes a list of 30 commonly used medicines that “fall into the same category as the COVID-19 vaccine in their use of fetal cell lines,” Conway Regional said.
The list includes Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, aspirin, Tums, Lipitor, Senokot, Motrin, ibuprofen, Maalox, Ex-Lax, Benadryl, Sudafed, albuterol, Preparation H, MMR vaccine, Claritin, Zoloft, Prilosec OTC, and azithromycin.
My comebacks whenever someone won’t walk the walk and live by their own words:
Put up or shut up.
Show it or stow it.
Step up or step down.
Demonstrate, don’t remonstrate.