Forced Childhood Vaccination

With the current measles outbreak in our country, I started to wonder if the government should force parents to vaccinate their children for the safety of the child and the general public.

While it may sound radical, forcing medical treatments against the parent’s wishes is not without precedent.

In 2015, a Hartford, Connecticut, teenager was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  With treatment her chances of recovery would be 85%; however, without treatment the condition is 100% lethal within two years.

Her parents rejected conventional treatments, so the state stepped in and forced the child to receive chemotherapy.  She survived and is now in remission (1).

Members of the Jehovah’s Witness church will refuse blood transfusions for religious reasons.  However, the state has forced the parents to allow their children to receive transfusions in emergency situations.

What about the parent’s rights to raise their children as they wish?  The courts have already made a determination on this issue.

  • Courts throughout the western world recognize that parents have rights but additionally recognize that these rights are not absolute and exist only to promote the welfare of children.  Prince v Massachusetts12 set out the reigning legal principle:  Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow that they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children (2).

What are your thoughts on this matter?  Should parents be forced to have their children vaccinated?

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Sources:
  1.  www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-cancer-patient-forced-to-have-chemotherapy-in-remission
  2. adc.bmj.com/content/90/7/715

Censorship Doesn’t Equal Freedom

It bothers me when people demand their right to free speech, while at the same time trying to censor contradictory opinions.  I see this coming from both sides of the fence.

However, you can’t have freedom of speech and censorship.  They are contradictory terms.  Allowing this behavior will erode our freedoms and in the end we all lose.

What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Against Corruption

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This is an interesting book to read, because of the differences among the authors.  They were able to discuss corruption from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds/viewpoints.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Corruption hurts life outcomes in a variety of ways.  Economically, it diverts resources away from their most productive uses and acts like a regressive tax that supports the lifestyles of the elites at the expense of everyone else.
  • Corruption incentives the best and brightest to spend their time gaming the system, rather than innovating or creating new wealth.
  • As the difficulties and risk of corrupt behavior rise, fewer people will behave corruptly.
  • While auditing doesn’t sound like a glamorous nation-building activity, it is a critical part of ensuring that governments are spending public money responsibly and effectively.
  • Corruption is a cancer.  At first, it can look small and harmless.  Before you know it, it has taken over your entire body.  Likewise, the losses from corruption can start small, but in the end the damage is enormous.

The Body Wash Bandit

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Cleveland Mason Jr was arrested last week for stealing 26 bottles of body wash from Hometown Market in Decatur, Alabama.  I wonder why.

  • Maybe his New Year’s resolution was to stay clean.
  • Maybe he has a body wash fetish.
  • Maybe he always wanted to be called The Body Wash Bandit.
  • Maybe he was planing a prank.
  • Maybe he was going to use the body wash to clean evidence from another crime.
  • Maybe he is a kleptomaniac.

Anyway, this crime leaves me scratching my head and wondering why.

 

Full Story:  whnt.com/2017/12/30/decatur-man-charged-with-robbery-for-shoplifting-26-bottles-of-body-wash/

 

 

Children of Shame – A Documentary

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The documentary Children of Shame exposes atrocities committed at a home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland.  The home was founded in 1925 and closed in 1961.

At the time, religion was an important part of the Irish culture.  Purity was viewed as an essential trait and failure to live up to that standard brought extreme shame, so unwed mothers were sent to special homes.

The unwed mothers were forced to live and work in these homes against their will.  They were treated as criminals, even though fornication was not considered a legal crime.

The babies could be put up for adoption by the home, regardless of the mother’s desire to keep her child.  Children remaining in the home were treated poorly.  They were malnourished, abused, and did not receive appropriate medical care.  This resulted in a mortality rate for babies born out of wedlock that was six times higher than the norm.

Legislating morality has been a hot topic in the United States.  For example: should gay marriage be legalized and should birth control be easily available to all women.

However, stories like this one remind me of the dangers of strictly legalizing morality.  The appearance of purity can become more important than people.  The end result is evil acts are committed to hide immorality.

Beware Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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Wayde Zane Slocumb was a counselor at Alabama Psychological Services, until he was arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography.

I was reading about this case on WHNT.com, which got me thinking about similar arrest that have accorded in this area.

A police officer in Huntsville was arrested a few months ago on sexual assault charges.  A youth minister at a Baptist church was arrested for similar charges.  Also, several teachers have been arrested for having sexual relationships with their students in the last couple of years.

These are just the stories of the people that got caught.  There are many other predators out there that go undetected.

I wonder can you ever really know somebody?  I also wonder who can you trust or should you just never trust anybody?

The world is full of wolves in sheep’s clothing and unfortunately they blend very well in our society.