Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Interesting perspective

Here's a letter to the editor by a Steve Anderson which was published in the San Luis Obispo Tribune news paper and posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005. It is a very interesting perspective. Definitely does make one wonder about the folks who believe in intelligent design and whether they would believe in this vaccine? Or even if you believe in intelligent design and a God watching over us, if you really need to take any steps to protect yourself - as shouldn't God be taking care of us?

Ok, enough said... Here's the letter to the editor...


Recent news about the avian flu virus has raised concerns from main street to the White House. There is the possibility, even likelihood, that the virus will mutate into a form that can more easily infect humans.

As the president pointed out, a vaccine cannot be made until this evolution occurs.

This raises the concern that it may be impossible to create enough vaccine fast enough to protect all our citizens. But there is hope.

Gallup polls tell us that up to 45 percent of Americans don't believe in evolution. Since random mutation is the engine of evolution, these same people must believe that the virus cannot mutate.

Therefore, there is no need to waste vaccine on folks who believe there is no possible threat to themselves -- thus leaving a sufficient supply for the rest of us. Perhaps the president, given his doubts about evolution, may wish to demonstrate his leadership by foregoing vaccination.

This approach has added benefits. Polls also tell us that disbelief in evolution is more pronounced among the less educated, the poor and conservatives. If the anti-evolutionists among these groups were to opt out of vaccination then, through immediate deaths and natural selection, we would reduce poverty, raise educational attainment, and become a more progressive society.


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