One of Drunk Ex-Pastors’ listeners submitted a question during our last podcast concerning vaccines: Should parents just submit to their kids’ doctors’ recommendations regarding vaccines? And what should their attitude be toward those who refuse to vaccinate their children?
First off, I think I speak for both of us when I say that we welcome these kinds of difficult and many-layered questions on issues of such significance, because let’s be honest, if there’s anyone on earth qualified to tackle such nuanced matters, it’s two drunk guys with absolutely no training in any related field. But we are ex-pastors, so.
For my part, here are some issues to consider:
1. Is the malady for which I am being asked to vaccinate my child a deadly one like, I don’t know, cholera, or is it something more minor, like the flu?
2. Are these supposedly antiquated diseases really making a comeback due to un-vaccinated children contracting and spreading them?
3. Is it true that vaccinated kids have nothing to worry about when playing with un-vaccinated kids since, you know, they got vaccinated?
4. Is it true that there is a link between vaccinations and autism? Where do the peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals land on this issue?
5. In whose interest is it to administer vaccines to my child? Is it purely for the child’s own good, or is there also pressure on physicians by pharmaceutical companies to encourage this practice?
6. Are parents within their rights to refuse vaccines for their kids but then insist on sending them to school with vaccinated kids? Are schools within their rights to demand their students be vaccinated?
7. What other things do those on both sides of this debate believe? Do any of them hoard gold, deny the moon-landing, think 9/11 was a conspiracy, or churn their own butter?
(And of course, we ex-pastors don’t have a dog in this fight since no disease is stronger than prayer!)
PS – You can listen to our insightful and penetrating analysis of this issue below.