I don't know how many times I have seen Muslims defending the Qur'an, explaining how everything in modern science has already been explained by Islam (1).
So here's an interesting Islamic perspective on vaccines:
Girl on the Right, Let’s quaranatine the Muslims!
A MUSLIM doctors’ leader has provoked an outcry by urging British Muslims not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella because it is “un-Islamic”.
Dr Abdul Majid Katme, head of the Islamic Medical Association, is telling Muslims that almost all vaccines contain products derived from animal and human tissue, which make them “haram”, or unlawful for Muslims to take.
Islam permits only the consumption of halal products, where the animal has had its throat cut and bled to death while God’s name is invoked.
Islam also forbids the eating of any pig meat, which Katme says is another reason why vaccines should be avoided, as some contain or have been made using pork-based gelatine.
In my previous post, Muslim Cabbies and Catholic Hospitals, I argued that for reasons of religious conscience certain groups of people should not go into work that conflicts with their religious teachings. For example, if you are deeply Catholic, you should not be a pharmacist where you will be required to dispense abortifacients. After all, you are not a doctor and it is not up to you to decide whether the drug is for a life-threatening ailment or for abortion. Catholic ministries should not be in the hospital business for the same reason.
Even worse would be allowing Muslims to open hospitals. The Saudis have so much loose cash lying around that they could set up hospitals in inner cities and provide free care to the poor and non-insured among us. Well, you may wonder, "What's wrong with that? If the Saudis want to take care of our poor with their oil money, what's the harm?" The problem is that if they come into any area and take care of any decent number of the population, then they will choke off the revenues of any other hospital in that locale. Eventually we could be looking at major metropolitan areas with the only hospitals around being Islamic.
Normally, I would say I don't give a damn: if the ignorant poor, idiot Muslims, and delusional liberals want to go to a Muslim hospital, let them, I have the money to take a plane if necessary to a non-religious facility. However, there is always the problem of emergencies. Suppose I have a condition or accident that requires me to go to the absolute nearest hospital or I will die. Going to a Muslim hospital will not be fun for a Jewish ape and pig like myself. And if you read the full article link above, you should get some taste of how backward Muslim Medicine is likely to be.
A Blog for All - Muslims Urged to Shun Vaccines in UK, Excerpt: These so-called leaders are endangering the welfare of those who rely upon these leaders for their opinions and assessments. Calling these so-called leaders on the carpet to be held accountable for these statements is absolutely necessary to ensure that the children - those who are being affected by the decisions of their parents and Islamic leaders - are not injured because of narrow-mindedness, ignorance, and worse.
I would go one step further and say that Muslim religious ignorance and narrow-mindedness is also child abuse. Bringing up any child as a Muslim should be a felony.
Secular Blasphemy - British doctor says vaccinations 'un-Islamic', Excerpt: Dr Katme's anti-vaccine message puts not only Muslims at risk, but since vaccinations depend on herd protection [what is that?], he endangers everybody in the society, especially elderly and children. Professional malpractice, I think we'll call it.
The point here is that although we couldn't care less if 99% of Muslims disappeared from the face of the Earth, unless ALL of them go, the sick ones can bring back diseases that the Western World fought decades to eliminate. As proof, read:
Western Resistance, Muslim Myths Helping Polio To Spread
In 2003, the year when there were the least new cases of polio, it was endemic in only six countries in the world - Nigeria, Niger, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Since 2003, the disease has started to reappear in countries in which it had formerly been eradicated. In the countries where it had been endemic, but numbers of cases had been decreasing, incidences began to rise. The vast majority of cases were appearing in Muslim countries and communities.
Glenn Greenwald in Just "evolution in action" points out that here in America we have our own whackos opposed to vaccinations: Excerpt: Merck, among other pharmaceutical companies, developed a highly effective vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) -- by far the leading cause of cervical cancer in women -- but an entire American political movement called "social conservatism" has been desperately trying to prevent its widespread approval -- or at least persuade parents not to have their daughters vaccinated -- because HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and they therefore believe that a vaccine will be seen as an endorsement of premartal sex:
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