Accusations by Islamic preachers that vaccines are part of an American anti-Islamic plot are threatening efforts to combat a measles epidemic that has killed hundreds of Nigerian children, health workers say.I can't decide which is more insane--the ignorant Imams of a religion bent on human sacrifice for achievement of its aims; or the passive puppets who listen to such ignorance--even when their child's life may be at stake.
Government officials play down the anti-vaccine sentiment, but all the measles deaths have been in Nigeria's north, where authorities had to suspend polio immunizations last year after hard-line clerics fanned similar fears of that vaccine.
Nigeria, whose 130 million people make it Africa's most populous nation, has recorded 20,859 measles cases so far this year. At least 589 victims have died, most of them children younger than 5 and all in the north, the Nigerian Red Cross and the U.N. World Health Organization say.
Southern Nigeria, which is mainly Christian, had only 253 measles cases, and no deaths.
Health services are much better in the south. But the anti-vaccination sentiment in the north, evident from interviews with parents, seems to be a factor.
"Since the polio controversy, I have not presented any of my children for immunization because my husband said I should not," said Ramatou Mohammed, who was at Abdullahi Wase Hospital seeking treatment for her baby, Miriam, for a measles rash.
"I heard on the radio that the vaccine was contaminated. I still don't trust any vaccine," the 28-year-old mother of four added.
And then there's this (hat tip: Power Line):
At that moment, from 20 to 40 militiamen loyal to the militant young Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and his Mahdi Army charged into the two-acre park of overgrown grass, concrete picnic tables and paths of colored tiles. Some of them wore checkered headscarves over their faces, others black balaclavas. They carried sticks, cable, pistols and rifles, a few with a weapon in each hand. They were accompanied by two clerics in robes and turbans: Abdullah Menshadawi and Abdullah Zaydi.These stories represent yet even more evidence that the religion of Islam is completely incompatible with human life and human nature. That it takes ordinary men and women and converts them either to thugs and assassins; or to the helpless victims of those same religious thugs. Allah through Mohammad has introduced a sickness of the soul into the human spirit, and erasing this pathetic religion from the face of the earth is the only cure. If a more moderate version of this religion is possible, then its believers will have to deal more aggressively with the elements that claim they have the words of the Quran to justify their psychopathology.
Garabet, an unveiled woman from an Armenian Christian family, never saw her assailant. He struck her twice in the back of the head with his fist. "I was afraid to turn around," she said.
She stumbled, then headed with others toward the black steel gate. Militiamen were shouting "Infidels!"
"It was chaos," she said. "Everyone was yelling." [....}
"They focused on the women," said Saeed's friend, Osama Adnan. "They were beating them viciously."
How many millions more have to suffer and die because of the infectious sociopathy of one prophet? Enough.