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Go to: Cleric says polio vaccination 'un-islamic', warns of jihad against docs

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I wish this story had been taken from the original Pakistani news source rather than an Indian newspaper.

Having said that, India faced exactly the same problem in its northern state of Uttar Pradesh some years ago, when Muslim clerics spread the rumour that polio drops were part of a conspiracy to sterilize their children. But five years down the line, "from sending greeting cards to issuing printed appeals and making announcements from the mosque loudspeaker - Muslim clerics in western Uttar Pradesh are doing everything, and with much success, to motivate their community to get children immunised against polio." From 602 cases in 2009, the rate of infection came down to just ten cases in 2010 and by early 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries after completing a full year without reporting a single case of wild polio virus infection.

I don't suppose Muslim clerics actually want their community's children to be struck down by polio, but ignorance and paranoia are serious problems, and I don't think stories like the one quoted by Morosoph really help.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:47:40 UTC | #947347

Go to: Is the Vatican cooperating fully with the Irish government?

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Priest accused of child abuse found in Kerala Sep 1, 2011

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Catholic priest accused of child abuse while in the US is allegedly living a quiet life in Kerala's Kottayam district. Jacob Vellian has been accused by a woman of sexual abuse 26 years ago when she was a minor. He was then on a temporary assignment in the diocese of Kalamazoo in Youngstown city in Ohio. Vellian is currently staying in a seminary in Kaduthuruthi, sources said. The victim filed a complaint recently after undergoing a "trauma recovery programme". [...] The spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Church Paul Thelakkat said he was "shocked and surprised" by the news that "has come as a bolt from the blue". He added: "We don't know the veracity and foundation of the news. We will abide by the decision of the US church which is responsible for investigating and acting on this allegation."

The US church is responsible for investigating and acting on an allegation of pedophilia? It's not really surprising that the two Indian priests who have been accused of pedophilia were both working in US parishes. No Catholic priest in India, as far as I know, has been accused of raping little children here. Apparently, they remain wrapped in virtue on Indian soil.

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:42:26 UTC | #867486

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