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HPV: Abstinence preferable to vaccination

Letter by Ralph W. Emerson, Tacoma on Oct. 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | 26 Comments »
October 31, 2011 11:31 am

Re: “Federal panel endorses HPV vaccine for boys” (TNT, 10-26).

In the sincere concern and effort that goes to protect our precious children, we often overlook the real causes of their difficulties.

Drugs to prevent sexually transmitted disease in youngsters don’t get at the cause of the trouble. Mary Baker Eddy states, in her book” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” that “Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.”

The stability of our society seems to be going to the dogs. Teen pregnancy, drug addiction, the highest rate of imprisonment in the world, drunkenness, a 50% divorce rate, crime so rampant parents can no longer let their children out of sight, a child in the US dying every five hours from neglect or abuse – the list goes on. Sexual abstinence leading to stable families is of vital importance. It’s the glue that holds society together

Eddy also says, “Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.”

If we can follow such guidelines as Eddy suggests, we won’t have to be drugging 11-year-old boys against STDs.

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