Good intentions corrupted…

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.” ~ Steven Weinberg

Where is the Fox News building so I can pee on it?

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“There’s more and more debate as the years go by…”  No, there’s not.  For those who have the first clue about medicine, the debate is over.  It has been over for a long time.  There are, however, still people whose last contact with biology was in high school, if that, who think they know better than the battery of medical professional in the world and who are repeatedly given prominent space to vomit up their pretension by organizations like Fox News.

This type of thing really gives me the red ass.  I would say that the fact that vaccines do not cause autism is as well-established as the fact that death is a permanent condition, but the majority of the country can’t even get on board with that undeniable concept.

To Jennifer Workman, God Himself commands her to protect her 8 year-old daughter Madison.

“I am a steward of the Lord for this child, “she said

Here’s the sad part: this woman loves her daughter.  Passionately.  She is willing to go to the ends of the Earth for her offspring’s well-being.  The sad thing is how that love is being twisted by poor ideas about the operation of the universe so that now this caring woman is actively trying to kill her child.  This is the power of irrationality – it can take the purest of intentions and contort them into evil.  The problem with religion is that it not only enshrines irrationality as a virtue under the guise of faith, but it tells us that we must be unreasonable or perish in flames and rewards bold declarations of unreason.  In short, religion takes idiocy and empowers it.

“Helpless,” she said. “I mean there is no other word for it. I am helpless. I feel forced.”

“My child is not a ward of the state,” she explained. “And I should be able to make those choices myself.”

So when the state steps in to stop her from doing something incredibly stupid and harmful to the child, she feels forced and helpless.  Good!  If you’re endangering a child, that’s precisely how you should feel!  Endangered children should become wards of the state – it doesn’t matter if their endangered due to good intentions or bad intentions.

Bear in mind, this woman is claiming, without reservation, to have greater medical wherewithal than not just one doctor who has spent at least twelve years in school, not two such doctors, not three doctors, but every reputable medical association on the planet.  In a fair world this level of vanity would be physically painful.   Only in religion is this type of arrogance celebrated.  In Christianity it’s paired to declarations that they are a religion of humility for so eagerly abiding by the will of god, while somehow overlooking the unmitigated conceit of believing god is speaking to them individually or taking a personal interest in their lives.

Put those experts in their place, Jennifer.

“If my child is unvaccinated and all these other children are vaccinated, How does my child pose any threat?” responded Workman.

The concept of herd immunity is something that would have taken Mrs. Workman maybe five minutes to learn about.  But what is the need when god has already told her what to do?

I can’t help but wonder what is going through this woman’s head.  This woman clearly has no problem deferring to scientists.  She doesn’t mind the camera capturing her interview.  She has no issue with the automobile in her front yard.  Clearly, she has no problem with our theories on bacteria, food production, or clean water.  The list of ways Jennifer Workman defers to science could go on and on.  So why the hang up now?  Does she think that all that stuff was just to soften her up so that now the evil science conspiracy can vaccinate all the children and turn them autistic?

Others who believe a Canaanite Jew rose from the dead will squeal “but that lady’s crazy!” while somehow missing the irony.  God, they will say, would never ask someone to do something so silly.  Ironically, virtually all of these people believe that god commanded Abraham to kill his son outright, but wouldn’t ever dream that god would tell someone not to vaccinate their kid.  Believing god wants you to protect your child from life-saving medicine is no more ridiculous than believing that 2,000 years ago a man walked on water.  What are they going to do – say Workman’s beliefs aren’t based in reality?  Well yes, but they’ll couch it in the idea that Workman doesn’t really know the will of god while they somehow do.  Workman will say the same thing back to them, and both sides will end in a stalemate because religion could give a shit less about good reasoning.  In religion all you need do is be sure you’re right.

It’s pathetic, it’s dangerous, and it harms children.

Now are you ready for the real kicker?

Most states, explained Finn have a “religious exemption” for immunizations, giving parents who don’t want their children vaccinated an out.

West Virginia and Mississippi, she says, are the only states who don’t have the exemption.

As long as you slap the word ‘religion’ on your life-threatening stupid decisions, you’re allowed to be a dangerous idiot in every state but two.  Tell me again how religion makes the world a better place.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Scott Admire

    “Tell me again how religion makes the world a better place.”

    my church in Springfield raised $34,780 support for Joplin. This is a tiny example on one Sunday in one church in one city. Don’t ignore the good because of the bad that makes the news.

  • Lena915

    Scott- People raise money for charity causes all the time without the guidance or endorsment of a church. Saying that this one act of good should excuse all of the bad that happens through religion is like saying the Hitler regime wasn’t so bad because all of the trains ran on time. There may be some religious communites who do as your does, but the fact is that religion does promote dangerous ignorance.

  • Vanessa

    I was going to say the same thing as Lena, and then I thought, you know, that goes both ways. Even if religion weren’t involved, there would still be crazies who think vaccines cause autism. Though I have to believe there would at least be *less* crazies without religion.

  • Scott Admire


    You make it sound like most churches are slaughtering infants every Sunday morning while a random church might on a very rare occasion do one small act of philanthropy. That’s about the most I can gather from comparing churches to trains in Hitler’s regime! (my jaw dropped when I read that) That’s a very inappropriate comparison. I will not deny the harm done in the name of religion throughout history, but the number of Christians I’ve known personally that are motivated to love by their faith vs. the number of Christians I’ve known personally that are motivated to kill by their faith is an extremely lopsided comparison (and i think the sample would hold true for Christians throughout the U.S.). And don’t even here me say i think Christians love people MORE than atheists. I think they should based on their statements of faith, but I think all people no matter their world-view are for the most part irrational, unloving, and motivated by the wrong thing most of the time.

    The only reason we see more crazy religious than non-religious people is because there are currently more religious people. If atheism rules the day, then the crazies who kill people and don’t think rationally will do it in the name of philanthropy or some other type of disguise for evil as a good deed. Honestly, claiming Christian churches should be compared to the Nazis is an extremely dangerous idea that could go terribly wrong if the wrong person believed it. It would not surprise me (if atheism grows to be the majority belief) if we start seeing Christians persecuted, marginalized, and/or have their rights taken away in the name of ‘rationality.’ It’s actually already occurring on a small scale. Your comment is a tiny example of it.

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