Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Religion and Child Abuse

I don't think that religious indoctrination is always an example of child abuse. However, there are other ways that count as clear examples of abuse [Taliban blocks UN polio treatment in Pakistan].
Militants had reportedly agreed to allow the [polio] vaccination program to take place as part of the peace agreements.

However, the militants had reneged on their word and despite assiduous efforts made by the increasingly irrelevant local administration, no vaccinations have taken place.

“It’s a US tool to cut the population of the Muslims. It is against Islam that you take a medicine before the disease”, said, Muslim Khan, Swat’s Taliban spokesman, speaking by telephone.

[Photo Credit: daylife/Reuters: "A man holds his twins as he waits for them to receive polio vaccines in the southern province of Kandahar September 21, 2007. Afghan health officials said on Friday they had brokered a deal with Taliban leaders to allow the immunization of children against polio in rebel-held areas in a rare sign of cooperation between the warring sides."]

[Hat Tip: RichardDawkins.net]

1 comment:

  1. It is not just through indoctrination that religious believers abuse children. I archive news articles (currently well over 1000) on my website that demonstrate the many ways in which children get abused or denied their rights by believers.

    Perry Bulwer