Apparently, some varieties of Muslims are just as stupid as American fundamentalists, for they, too, oppose vaccination on religious grounds.
Dr. A. Majid Katme is a spokesman for the “Islamic Medical Association (UK)” and its former head, described by Brian Whitaker in The Guardian as a “respected figure in the British Muslim community. ” Katme is also a big danger to society. He opposes vaccination—all vaccination—as un-Islamic.
If you want to read a pernicious and ignorant document, go see Dr. Katme’s post, “Islam, vaccines, and health,” written in 2011 for the “International Medical Council on Vaccination” (IMCV). Orac has posted several times on the IMCV (e.g., here), which, although it has Ph.D.s and M.D.s as members, is basically just a crackpot anti-vaxer group.
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“The case of vaccination is first an Islamic one, based on Islamic ethos regarding the perfection of the natural human body’s immune defense system, empowered by great and prophetic guidance to avoid most infections.”
And, of course, certain vaccinations stimulate immorality.
“Sexual immorality and adultery are stirred by offering our daughters HPV vaccination against cervical cancer.”
Here, once again, is the evil of unreasoning belief — of faith. These indecencies won’t end until belief without evidence or, worse, belief in spite of evidence, is as disreputable as palm reading.