God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

Just My Day To Be Annoyed With Religious Nuts

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common STD that can lead to cervical cancer, which accounts for about a quarter-million deaths annually. So, I think we can all agree, it's a bad thing.

A recent clinical trial of a vaccine to protect against HPV and prevent persistent infection with two strains of it was shown to be 100% effective, and vaccinating young girls prior to them becoming sexually active (and thus, preventing the onset and spread of HPV) would be the next logical step. Experts are already making claims that this would be a major step in gynocological health. Can we all agree this is a good thing?

Not everyone, apparently. Seems Christian lobby groups are already getting riled up, and gearing up to oppose it Why? Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council says that the best way to prevent HPV is abstinence, and apparently, that means any other way is, what, sinful? These groups seem to think that this vaccination would lead young girls to may "see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex." Because, yeah, all the OTHER problems and things that sex involves aren't any big deal, right? One little vaccination will lead to fucking in the streets.

Are these people serious? We're talking about a major step forward in the fight against cancer, and these zealots want to stop it because they refuse to teach anything to their children, choosing instead to live in fear that someone, somewhere, might think differently than they do, or choose to live their life based on some principles of humanity instead of a book of dubious origin (or some other book of dubious origin).

Look, I have nothing against your religion, whatever it may be. But I do have a problem with you or anyone else telling me to live my life differently, simply because you don't agree with my choices...and I have a SERIOUS problem with you trying to stop thousands of people from improving their quality of life, just because you choose not to get laid (for whatever reason).

As always, religion solves considerably less, on a public scale, than education.

*Thanx to maxomai for the link, again*
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