Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Medical Religion

another case of the court stepping in to remove a child from his parents for their choice not to treat the child's cancer with chemicals and radiation.  in this instance, the family is actually Catholic, not a religious belief that i can remember hearing about previously in connection with the refusal of Western medicine.
another case of Western medical religion being the established religion of our capitalist country.  those who make the money make the rules, and this is apparently all the more true when the commodity being controlled is the youth - as youth who don't consume, are less likely to grow up to be adults who consume. 
oddly enough, while religion doesn't excuse this family from chemotherapy or radiation treatment, and in fact has led to a warrant for arrest of the mother, religious reasons are perfectly acceptable as the reason of choice for the continuation of male genital mutilation.