Vaccination and religion

vaccination-religionVaccination and religion….two very sensitive topics which people normally avoid discussing at all cost. Not me. I was very much pro-vaccination (pro-vax) and a devout Christian for most of my life. Not anymore. Funny how differently we start to see things when we dare to question the status quo.

This blog covers a topic which I have wanted to write about for a very long time. It concerns the blatant hypocrisy of people who call themselves religious (I’m talking about all religions here), yet they choose to vaccinate themselves and their family. You might wonder where on earth I’m coming from with this statement, but bear with me while I explain…

Like I said, I am definitely not religious, although I would like to consider myself “spiritual.” If you forced me to pick a religion, it would probably be Buddhism. The idea of enlightenment seems rather appealing and I kinda like that they don’t kill people just because they have different religious views (unlike most other religions which have a history of bloodshed).
Imagine my complete shock then, when I read this article by Sayer Ji (http://www.activistpost.com/2012/09/questioning-dalai-lama-who-would-buddha.html) about the Dalai Lama administering the polio vaccine to a baby! The author made some excellent points regarding the Buddhist ethical principles conflicting with the practise of vaccination. In my opinion, these same issues apply when looking at other religions as well (do yourself a favour and read the article).
Without rewriting the author’s entire article, I just want to point out a couple of things which illustrates the point of why I believe pro-vax religious people are hypocrites.
When speaking to pro-vaxers about the side effects, permanent damage and death that often result from vaccination, I almost always hear the justification that it’s ok to sacrifice a “few” for the “good” of humanity. What type of god are these pro-vaxers serving, who think it’s ok for some of his people to die so that others may live or that it’s ok to suffer permanent damage from a vaccine so that you might gain some short term immunity if you’re lucky.
I’m no theologist, but if a religious person decides to vaccinate themself and/or their family, surely that means that they don’t have much faith in the amazing built-in immune system their god gave them? As a child, I remember learning in Sunday school how we’re all created perfectly in God’s image. I guess the pharmaceutical companies managed to con most people on planet earth into believing that they can improve on God’s image by giving us “better” immune systems.
The MMR vaccine, which is used in the NZ immunisation schedule -http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule – (immunisation being their euphemistic term for vaccination), uses the cells of an aborted foetus to culture the rubella portion of the vaccine. Check the datasheet for yourself on page 8 – http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/datasheet/m/MMRIIinj.pdf. Once again, any religious person who is pro-vax, must therefore realise that they are condoning the use of the cells of an aborted foetus, in order to make this vaccine.
The cells from this particular vaccine uses the WI 38 line of cells, which is from a 3 month old aborted female foetus from 1964. Apparently the family felt they had too many children! The following quote from the Vatican’s statement regarding the use of aborted human foetal cells, in the manufacturing of vaccines, sums it up nicely: “If someone rejects every form of voluntary abortion of human foetuses, would such a person not contradict himself/herself by allowing the use of these vaccines of live attenuated viruses on their children? Would it not be a matter of true (and illicit) cooperation in evil, even though this evil was carried out forty years ago?” http://www.immunize.org/concerns/vaticandocument.htm.
Unfortunately it seems that even the Vatican has sold out to Big Pharma though (either that, or they are truly ignorant of the harms of vaccination), because on the one hand they are encouraging the “faithful” to object to using vaccines which contain human foetal cells, but in the same breath they say that it’s ok to use if there’s no other alternative available. They are therefore condoning the “cooperation in evil,” because it seems they themselves don’t believe that their God created them with an adequate immune system to be able to ward off disease, or at least be able to deal with disease should they fall ill.
I would like to leave you with this quote by Isaac Golden (from Sayer Ji’s article above): “To someone whose god is science, vaccination makes sense. But to someone whose god is God, it is appalling.”