Jenny McCarthy, is the mother of an autistic son. She rightly cares for her son's welfare. She is also the leader of a movement against childhood vaccinations. She blames vaccinations for her son's autism, even though the science directly contradicts her fears. A recent court ruling, reviewing the evidence brought by three parents, concludes that there is no "link between autism and certain early childhood vaccines." Ironically, McCarthy has no problems injecting her face with Botox.
McCarthy is not alone. There are many in the left-wing of American politics – liberals, who are just as complicit in this hysteria because if feeds into their anti-corporate America and "Big Pharma" fears.
The result of this hysteria? Parents are not getting their children vaccinated. The CDC in 2008 reported 131 cases of measles when in 2000 had ruled the disease eradicated – except for foreign sources. Dr. Steven Novella observes that "it is clearly the drop in vaccination rates that is resulting in the return of this disease."
McCarthy's reasons against vaccinations are as equally as fallacious as the Talibans.
"It is against Islam that you take a medicine before the disease,” said a Taliban spokesman."
The statistics follow. The World Health Organization has recorded "39 cases of polio in Pakistan in 2006, up from 28 in 2005." The disease is concentrated in the tribal areas "where 60% of the refusals were attributed to religious reasons." Which shows a pretty strong correlation between religious adherence and incident of disease.
The parallel between McCarthy and the Taliban is that they both pose a public health threat, even if for different reasons.
If the Taliban were not a backward, culturally bronze-age group of terrorists thugs, I have a hard time picking who is more of a public health threat. Fortunately for me, I know a false choice when one is posed.
They are both egregiously bad.