Posts Tagged ‘Holy Bible’

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.


To all the Christians who wonder how atheists can celebrate/enjoy Christmas…

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From the National Secular Society:

The Times Educational Supplement is reporting this morning that the Prime Minister is planning to send a King James Bible to every school in the country, complete with a foreword by Michael Gove, the Education Minister.

Mr Gove is quoted as saying that the King James Bible was the most important book written in the English language. “It‘s a thing of beauty, and it‘s also an incredibly important historical artefact. It has helped shape and define the English language and is one of the keystones of our shared culture. And it is a work that has had international significance.”

The National Secular Society’s President, Terry Sanderson, is also quoted in the article, criticising the cost of such an exercise. While not doubting the significance of the King James Bible for the language and culture of Britain, Mr Sanderson made the point that schools are already awash with Bibles, with evangelical groups queuing up to hand them out to pupils.

“It‘s not as if Bibles are in short supply in schools,” Mr Sanderson said. “But if (Mr Gove) intends to go ahead with this, will he also please ensure that a copy of On the Origin of Species is sent out on Darwin Day. This book is much harder to find in schools and would be in line with his policy of promoting science and evidence-based education. I‘m sure that he could write an excellent foreword to this, too.”

This really is the height of pandering to theists for naked political gain. The most important book in the English language is the fucking BIBLE? The most important book in the English language is one which says the world was created by a supernatural deity in six days, and that there was a worldwide flood, when both claims are debunked universally as utter rubbish? What about believers being able to drink poison without suffering harm? What about the rampant bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny? And resurrection? How is something so preposterous remotely involved in education?!

Terry Sanderson is absolutely right – these books aren’t in short supply, and every school should have a copy of On the Origin of Species. For that matter, if Cameron & Gove really cared about education maybe they’d ensure not a school in the country was allowed to teach religious garbage like creationism.