3rd October 2009

“Shortly after Dr Edward Jenner discovered the vaccine for smallpox in the 19th century, the president of Yale University, [Rev. Dr.] Timothy Dwight, opposed its use on theological grounds. Dwight, a so-called 'divine', regarded curing smallpox as interfering with God's grand plan.”

Alan Hinnrichs

3 Responses to “3rd October 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    Amazing. The world is rife with examples of people faced with an obvious moral choice and choosing the wrong path due to religion. Let’s assume for a moment that god exists (please, don’t vomit). What stupendous arrogance by “rev.” Dwight to think that he would be capable of understanding the simplest thought of such a being. What colossal arrogance we have as a species to think that this universe of billions of worlds and trillions of stars was somehow made for our benefit.

  2. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    Holy fucking shit! Sickening! Someone just might as well think that AID’s was a punishment for……….oh, shit, someone already had…………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Geoff Says:

    … and the use of anaesthetic during childbirth was long opposed by Christians… it interfered with god’s plan that “She shall give birth in pain”.
    In fact – painkillers are still denied to women in cults such as the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints – Mormons) in the USA. And they are taught that it is sinful to cry out while delivering the baby. A good mom must give birth without a sound – and without painkillers.

    See Jacqueline Homan’s excellent book “Divine Right” for more horror stories on the FLDS.