When I was young, the belief in science was strong. We learned scientific principles in school. Vaccines, such as those for polio and tuberculosis, saved new generations from debilitating diseases.
It sounds like voodoo doctors and witches are making a comeback. Witness the attack on Darwinism. Witness parents now keeping their kids from taking vaccines. The medicine administered by all voodoo doctors: fear.
BOSTON - Sabrina Rahim doesn't practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool...
"Do I think that religious exemptions have become the default? Absolutely," said Dr. Paul Offit, head of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and one of the harshest critics of the anti-vaccine movement. He said the resistance to vaccines is "an irrational, fear-based decision."