A vaccine for two common strains of HPV, the virus that causes genital warts, is currently moving through the federal approval process. HPV can also cause cervical cancer in women, and these cancers kill 4,000 American women annually. Who could possibly be against a vaccine that has proven 100 percent effective in clinical tests and will save thousands of women’s lives every year? Those “culture of life” assfucks, that’s who.
“A new vaccine that protects against cervical cancer has set up a clash between health advocates [and] social conservatives who say immunizing teenagers could encourage sexual activity,” The Washington Post reported last week. Doctors want teenage girls to receive the vaccine when they hit puberty, something the religious right opposes: “Because the vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted virus, many conservatives oppose making it mandatory, citing fears that it could send a subtle message condoning sexual activity before marriage. . . . ‘I’ve talked to some who have said, “This is going to sabotage our abstinence message,” ‘ said Gene Rudd, associate executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.” (To his credit, Rudd says he’d want his daughters vaccinated.)
Who ultimately gets to determine the government’s position on the HPV vaccine? Thanks to George W. Bush, the Christian fundies do. From The Washington Post: “The jockeying [around the HPV vaccine] reflects the growing influence social conservatives, who had long felt overlooked by Washington, have gained on a broad spectrum of policy issues under the Bush administration. In this case, a former member of the conservative group Focus on the Family serves on the federal panel that is playing a pivotal role in deciding how the vaccine is used.” “W” stands for women, he told us when he ran for president. But George W. Bush never said anything about standing for live women. The right-wingers, the fundies, and the sex-phobes don’t just have it in for the queers. They’re coming for your asses too.
Let’s discuss morality for a moment. Morality isn’t just about sex. In fact, if you want to get Biblical about it, Jesus set out the guideline for moral thinking and behavior with a great deal of clarity. For Jesus, according to His own words, the highest morality is to love one’s neighbors as one loves oneself. He didn’t say: except for your gay neighbors and your sexually active neighbors.
Yet, the Christian Right in this country abjures the words of the man whom they consider God. Rather than loving and caring for their neighbors, the Christian Right is perfectly happy to let their neighbors die of cancer or become sterile because it’s a fitting judgment on their sexual activity. These people aren’t moral – they are monsters.