Episode 3: Religious Gummy Bears Part 2

Our conversation about Christian privilege continues as we discuss legislation and how Christian politicians sometimes serve their faith over the best interests of the people. Prepare yourselves for epic rants about parents making medical decisions based on their faith rather than the guidance of medical professionals, anti-vaxxers, and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin making decisions that have drastic consequences for Kentucky women and children. 

Objective: 

Provide clear examples of politicians using their Christian privilege to pass legislation in the best interest of themselves and other believers rather than all people.

Provide information about the debunking of the anti-vaccination stance that vaccinations cause autism. 

Provide information about Matt Bevin's destructive decisions for Kentucky.

Vocabulary:

Privilege: A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available to a particular person or group of people.

Religion: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. 

Anti-vaxxers: anti-vaxxer is a nickname given to someone who is anti-vaccination due to a study presented by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that vaccinations cause autism. The hypothesis has since been debunked and Andrew Wakefield has lost his license for fabricating the study and it's apparent evidence. Unfortunately, the anti-vaccination movement persists regardless.

Suggested Reading:

Example of a family who refused professional medical advice and opted to pray: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/13/followers-of-christ-idaho-religious-sect-child-mortality-refusing-medical-help

Information about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his fabricated study: http://healthland.time.com/2010/05/24/doctor-behind-vaccine-autism-link-loses-license/

Information about the new ark museum in Kentucky: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2016/01/kentucky-will-not-appeal-ark-encounter-ruling-as-politicians-praise-the-courts-decision/

Transcript: Coming soon!