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Media Analysis: Measles Outbreak Traced to Anti-Vaccine Church

dbreunig:

An astounding story that should be part of the national conversation regarding vaccines. Seems straight forward.

However, USA Today doesn’t mention the church’s stance on vaccines until the 13th paragraph. Gawker, on the other hand, essentially reblogs the USA Today piece but moves the pastor’s anti-vaccine stance to the headline.

Great catch by Drew Breunig here. I don’t believe in god and I’m not religious, but respect that many do and are.

However, run as fast as you can from any religious leader who claims vaccines are dangerous.

When religion and science contradict one another, particularly on matters of health and public safety, religion must, without exception or hesitation, be set aside.

This should not be difficult for religious people to accept: Any rational god would insist on that anyway.