Friday, 24 September 2010

70 children dead from religious opposition to vaccination

As if the children of that country have't got enough problems, Pharyngula notes that a measles outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed at least seventy children over the last two weeks. The outbreaks are mainly in apostolic religious sects which combine Christian Fundamentalism with traditional African religious practices, with children being treated with holy water and prayer. They are strictly opposed to vaccination. But I suppose at least they can claim poor education, a country ravaged by poverty and corruption, and colonial religious indoctrination. Unlike other supernaturalists such as the adult model Jenny McCarthy, the actor Jim Carrey, or sundry Christian Science sects who hold similar beliefs with similarly tragic consequences.