By Charlie Johnston
Over the next few months I will be writing regularly – and inviting others to weigh in – on a lot of nonsense that is passing for scientific rigor these days. I am deeply disturbed at how the anti-science left is hijacking the name and authority of “science” to baptize their ill-informed and anti-scientific schemes to control ordinary people’s lives.
I am also concerned that many serious Christians are so vested in the idea of having some monolithic evil power to blame for all that ails us that they, too, are falling prey to spouting pseudo-science. I worry that some of the dietary and environmental enthusiasms of some Christians are in near lockstep with New Age practitioners and leftist statists. I don’t much care what choices people make on things that don’t affect their personal faith, but I get very agitated when they try to impose those choices on everyone else or lobby for them as if they are the Holy Grail – and often because the effort requires that they make villains of people who are not villains.
Back when I was doing radio in the 90’s, I absolutely refused to run the public service announcements that tried to persuade people that heterosexuals were as likely to get AIDS as homosexuals. I had read several dense medical studies, including that of Harvard, and knew it was pure poppycock – and I was not about to promote what I knew to be poppycock during my shift. (I did run them a few times to mock them and explain the actual mechanics of transmission). For purposes of political correctness, as official policy, we were overstating the danger to heterosexuals, understating the danger to homosexuals, and understating the danger of infected athletes and other who were infected and bleeding openly. I don’t like pseudo-science, pseudo-history, or all the pseudos we have adopted as fact to prop up a culture based on lies and misinformation. I used to tell campaign staffers at meetings that I did not want paranoid alarmism nor rose-colored optimism. I wanted the facts as best they could vet them, for you can’t make good decisions from bad information.
I liked this little piece from National Review’s Ian Tuttle on the Anti-Science Left. There is a better piece that I will get to as we get serious about these things over the next few months. But frankly, some of the Christians I know, with their complex dietary formulas, lack only crystal therapy to be indistinguishable from a pagan ceremony. Again, I don’t care about people’s quirks and hobby horses. Heaven knows I have enough of my own. But we have reached serious times, and I worry that some of these things are going to provide leverage for the devil in battles to come.
I have been concerned about the often malicious hysteria directed against modern agricultural techniques, including genetic research. At the same time, I have stayed away from discussing the very serious questions we need to discuss on when we cross the line from solving problems to playing God, for fear that it will just incite incipient Luddism. One of our readers, Ed Allison, did a solid piece for me on GMO’s. I don’t agree with many of his conclusions, but it is long on evidence and logic and short on cheap polemics – and focuses on the ethical questions at the heart of the matter without demonizing anyone. I think it will be a great way to kick off this series of subjects. It got bumped a few weeks ago as the Joseph Cronin need rose, but I will print it later this week.
One of the things I have quietly rolled my eyes at in recent years has been the anti-vaccination activists. To say efforts to link vaccinations to autism are weak – and supported by tendentious studies that toss out all evidence contradicting the preferred conclusion is to give them too much credit. Anti-vaccination activism has largely been polemics dressed up in a smock. Except that Christians do, indeed, have solid, rational reasons to shun vaccinations. Medical manufacturers such as Merck, are using cells from aborted children as the culture in which the vaccines are developed. In fact, you cannot get a rubella vaccine in America that does not come in such a culture.
As usual, our friend Dan Lynch, whose apostolate has been tireless and solid, has the definitive case on the matter. He made it in a comment, but I reprint it in its entirety here:
Regarding vaccines, here is a story of two mothers. One mother who cared wrote to the Vatican, informed them of our immoral vaccines and research and received the first ruling in the world regarding moral guidelines for parental choice for vaccines. Her name is Debi Vinnedge and she formed the apostolate Children of God for Life. A recent article on her website said: “The Pontifical Academy for Life, in a statement released in 2005, said that parents could be justified in choosing vaccination. The statement did not say that this choice was preferable, let alone mandatory. What the Vatican did say, with undeniable clarity, was that parents have a moral obligation to insist on vaccines that are not prepared by immoral means: vaccines not derived from fetal remains. The Pontifical Academy for Life wrote that ‘there remains a moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically.’ That was in 2005. It was in 2009—four years later—that Merck decided to stop making available the morally untainted vaccines for measles and mumps. The Vatican had called upon American Catholics to fight for the development of morally acceptable vaccines. Sad to say—with the honorable exception of parents who resisted the immoral vaccines, and groups such as Children of God for Life that supported them—we did not fight hard enough to dissuade Merck from taking a giant step in the opposite direction.” Read the full article here: http://www.cogforlife.org/2015/02/03/conscientious-objection-vaccinations/ Another mother spent over 20 years in commercial biotechnology. She is an inventor on 23 issued United States patents. She left the commercial industry and founded a pro-life biotech company whose mission is to end human trafficking in biomedical research. Her name is Dr. Theresa Deisher and she founded AVM Biotechnology. Help to support and produce morally sound vaccines and see her website here: http://soundchoice.org/ Read here for the story of where we are today: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/efficacious-vaccines-produced-unethically Read here for the campaign for ethical vaccines: http://www.cogforlife.org/ Please respond to the Vatican’s call to the “moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically.” Please support these pro-life Apostolates.
“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).
Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!