Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Polio on the Rebound

Religious stupidity has allowed a resurgence of the polio virus in Nigeria. Once near extinction, the virus has already spread, by means of the Hajj, to the entire Muslim world. Yemen is apparently willing to admit that they have a problem. They even point out in the article that the problem might have had something to do with the clerics in Nigeria.

The Yemen Observer mentions only sensible-sounding safety concerns. The real problem was that the clerics accused the US and Israel of poisoning the vaccine to cause infertility in Muslim males. No chance of that with George Bush around. It would be seen as a form of contraception and consequently impermissible.

5/25/2005 9:28 AM

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