Thursday, September 15, 2011

Christianity Kills

The GOP drama about HPV vaccinations is yet another glaring example of how Christian anti-science is not only harmful to people, but outright deadly.

I'm referring to the drama between Rick Perry and Michelle Bachman. In the last GOP debate, Bachman criticized Perry for his executive order that mandated all the girls in Texas get the HPV vaccine. Bachman accused the governor of cronyism and of abusing his power, that he issued the order in exchange for large campaign contributions and that he overstepped his authority.

Now, cronyism, no doubt, is often a bad thing, but in this case, it is hard to argue with the outcome. Girls who receive the HPV vaccine, statistically speaking, have zero chance of getting the cervical cancers that are caused by certain strains of HPV. You read that right. Gardisil, the brand name of the vaccine, is
"100% effective in the prevention of cervical precancers and noninvasive cervical cancers caused by HPV-16 and 18."

It doesn't matter if the governor was doing some quid pro quo. It doesn't matter if his motivations were the health of women in Texas or the gathering of greenbacks. What matters is that vaccinated women in Texas will not die from cervical cancer.

But there's more going on here than meets the eye. Bachman is not as much concerned about cronyism as she is with throwing a slab of red meat to her fundamentalist Christian base.

This one sadly, downright appallingly, illustrates the morbid fixation that fundamentalist Christians have on human sexuality and how that fixation not only harms people, but kills them. If you didn't follow this, I'm sure you could guess that some fundamentalist Christians oppose this vaccine and refuse to have their daughters vaccinated. Not only that, but they make that case publicly so as to influence others to follow their lead. As put by Salon.com, and I'm paraphrasing, those Christians worry more about their daughters having sex than they worry about them getting cancer.

Sex is worse than cancer.

Oh . . . My . . . God!

Words cannot express how depraved, how utterly depraved, one must be to think like that. It is a perfect example of how Christianity perverts even the most basic human drive to care for children. They believe that getting girls vaccinated will encourage them to have premarital sex, as if hormone-addled teens ever needed encouragement to have sex.

So, what Bachman was really doing was giving a sly wink to her fundamentalist base. Cronyism was merely the Trojan horse.

And I have to tell you, give me a money-hungry pragmatist like Perry over an unhinged fundamentalist like Bachman any day of the week. The love of money is completely understandable and perhaps manageable. Hell, it is outright logical. But the love of the invisible sex-hating sky-god scares the bejeezus out of me.

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