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Theists are at it again. Now Christian teachers are withholding a cervical cancer jab from girls on dogmatic grounds:

Schoolgirls are being denied a potentially life-saving cervical cancer jab at their schools on religious grounds.

Some schools in England have opted out of the HPV vaccination programme because their pupils follow strict Christian principles and do not have sex outside marriage. The jab guards against two strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus – 16 and 18 – which cause 70% of cases of cervical cancer. It is offered routinely to girls aged 12 to 13.

But an investigation by GP magazine found 24 schools in 83 of England’s 152 primary care trust (PCT) areas were opting out of the vaccination programme, many of them on religious grounds.

The magazine found the majority of schools opting out did not tell their local GPs, where the girls could be offered the vaccine.

Just two of the 15 PCTs where schools are denying the vaccination course told GPs of their decision.

Only five of the 15 PCTs said they informed pupils or guardians how to obtain the vaccine elsewhere, the figures show.

The reasons schools gave for not giving the jab included “not in keeping with the school ethos”, “pupils follow strict Christian principles, marry within their own community and do not practise sex outside marriage” and “the school does not want parents/students to feel pressured by peers or the school setting”.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said GPs needed to be informed about which pupils were being denied vaccines at school to help cut cervical cancer deaths.

Every year, 1,000 women in the UK die from cervical cancer.

‘Right to life’ eh? What a crock.

I’ve had enough of Christian nutloons most of the time, but this is just the worst. We’re living in an age where religion, for reasons I can’t fathom, has certain forms of legal protection – how is that even possible? Your age, gender and sexual orientation is inherent, but your religion?! Nonetheless there’s an expectation that the rise of mega, overzealous, largely African ‘churches’ should be accepted or even respected. LBC reports on a Sky investigation into why that’s a VERY BAD IDEA INDEED:

There is evidence that evangelical churches in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow are claiming to cure HIV through God.

We sent three undercover reporters to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which is based in Southwark, south London.

All of them told the pastors they were HIV positive – all were told they could be healed.

Once a month the church has a prayer line, where people from across Europe come to be cured of all kinds of illness.

At registration they have to hand over a doctor’s letter as evidence of their condition

They are filmed giving before and after testimonies, which are put on SCOAN’s website.

The healing process involves the pastor shouting over the person being healed for the devil to come out of their body, while spraying water in their face.

One of the pastors, Rachel Holmes, told our reporter Shatila, who is a genuine HIV sufferer, they had a 100% success rate.

“We have many people that contract HIV. All are healed.”

Prayer heals nothing and there’s no such thing as ‘God’, the ‘Devil’ or ‘evil spirits’ – these are fraudsters who destroy people’s lives in the name of religion. There shouldn’t be protection by the Charity Commission, nor by the law – this is the 21st century and any organisation which says it can heal ANTHING through prayer should be shut down immediately, and its leadership prosecuted. But guess what this ‘church’ says?

“We are not the Healer; God is the Healer. Never a sickness God cannot heal. Never a disease God cannot cure. Never a burden God cannot bear. Never a problem God cannot solve.

“To His power, nothing is impossible. We have not done anything to bring about healing, deliverance or prosperity. If somebody is healed, it is God who heals.

“We must have a genuine desire if we come to God. We are not in position to question anybody’s genuine desire. Only God knows if one comes with true desire. Only God can determine this.

“That is why, if anybody comes in the name of God, we pray for them. The outcome of the prayer will determine if they come genuinely or not.”

This batshit stupidity needs to be condemned as backward, dangerous and out of step with a single British value. But again and again I find theists 0nline brazenly defending the claim that any illness, including HIV, can be cured by prayer. Catch me any day of the week on Twitter to see how well they fare with me.

You know what really fucks me off? It’s right wingers and religious morons who insist that someone’s HIV status is somehow an ethical issue. Pope Ratzinger’s kicked off again about it:

On the subject of Africa’s HIV pandemic, he said: “The change of behaviour that it requires – for example, sexual abstinence, rejection of sexual promiscuity, fidelity within marriage – ultimately involves the question of integral development, which demands a global approach and a global response from the Church.

“For if it is to be effective, the prevention of AIDS must be based on a sex education that is itself grounded in an anthropology anchored in the natural law and enlightened by the word of God and the Church’s teaching.”

Well that’s propaganda, it’s bullshit and meaningless to everyday life. Arresting the HIV pandemic anywhere involves the use of condoms and the provision of honest, religion-free sex education, targeted appropriately from an early age. People need to be free to talk about sex and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) without fear or condemnation or damnation, not be constrained by ‘the word of God’, which after all advocates child rape and maintains believers can drink poison without harm. For the man who said condoms could make the problem worse, and who shielded paedophile priests from the law it’s frankly outrageous to be talking about morals.

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