I’ve written before about the link between religion and CAM, both the philosophical link and the political alliance. However, I could not have imagined a clearer and more fascinating example of this than the article recently sent to me by a solidly skeptical and science-based medicine provider, Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell — Harper: Controversial Drug Will Do Little To Reduce Cervical Cancer Rates.
Turns out the researcher was speaking at a faux science conference put on by the major anti-vaccine group the National Vaccine Information Center, and the article was written by a Catholic journalist and lay memebr of the Carmelite Order who has made a career out of writing against abortion, homosexuality, and birth control. The anti-vaccine lobby and the conservative Christian community have made a marriage of convenience based on both opposing vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus. The anti-vaccine folks, of course, oppose it for all their usual nonsensical reasons, and apparently the religious folks are worried that anything that makes having sex less dangerous will lead adolescents to have more of it, to the detriment of their immortal souls.
I’ve written a blog post on the subject with more detail if anyone is interested.