It’s good to see Rachel Marie Stone, a contributor to Christianity Today‘s her.meneutics blog, speak out in favor of vaccinations:
I’m one of the moms you might expect to oppose vaccines. We try to eat local and organic, don’t watch television, homeschool our kids, and wear natural fibers. My son was born into a birthing tub with a midwife present. But in November we’re also moving to Malawi, where diseases like polio, typhoid, tetanus, and cholera are not theoretical. We need those vaccines.
What concerns me about the anti-vaccination movement is not merely the fact that people are so easily persuaded by falsified claims about vaccine risks, nor the tragedy of people losing their lives to diseases that were (thanks to vaccines) nearly eradicated. Rather, I’m concerned that so many people seem willing to let others carry the supposed burden of vaccination so that they don’t have to. To me, that’s a failure of the commandment to love our neighbors…
Don’t get too worked up over the fact that someone who believes in all sorts of supernatural weirdness just cited good science in order to debunk a popular myth. I did… and now my head hurts.
Just accept it and hope more people are swayed in the right direction. (While many of the commenters try to rationalize their anti-vax mindsets — God will take care of everything, so no vaccines needed! — several of them support what the author wrote.)
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