belief and medical treatment

Recent religious news items – loose women cause earthquakes, women seeing male medical practitioners reduces intimacy with husband (like it’s cheating or something) and of course, all the child sex abuse scandals and the CC trying to make it about them and how sorry they are – and from the document trail – sorry that they got exposed.

Now, in much earlier times, before we understood weather, disasters, crop growing – the world was a bit scary and probably seemed pretty arbitrary. So the idea took hold that these things were caused by temperamental gods.

When we understood that weather, disasters, crops and so forth had natural explanations, there was far less need for gods – especially since, there was a need to keep young females of breeding age around instead of being tossed into volcanoes.

Religions have only reluctantly retreated from trying to explain natural events and mostly focus on spiritual and moral control of the masses.

I think it’s passed time for religion to make a good faith gesture to society and  stop embarrassing themselves. They should stick with the supernatural stuff, stop claiming that they are any sort of moral authority and withdraw from trying to caulk the knowledge gaps with their spackle-god.

But, I guess old habits die hard and recently some religions have been getting in the middle of medical treatment – and not even the end stage euthanasia stuff – but getting any medical treatment at all.

Several religions insist that women can’t see male medical practitioners because it’s immodest and impacts the intimacy between a husband and wife.

No word on men seeing male proctologists; you’d think they’d worry that that would make them gay.

Now, what’s disturbing about the women not seeing male medical professions is that these same religions often oppose women working – and certainly not working in professions where the women have any potential for authority over men.

This catch 22 is a more sophisticated version of using prayer instead of medical care and allowing children to die of preventable and treatable maladies.

Modern western medicine – especially dentistry – has made our lives longer and maintained health for a longer portion of those lives.

The reason we have so much dementia and non-environmental cancers is that these are mostly elderly diseases, because we’ve pretty much wiped out the small pox, polio and TB that used to be the leading causes of death and killed you young.

That believers fight so hard against medical treatments – basically fighting to shorten their own lives – isn’t that technically passive suicide?

Aren’t they the ones in the catch 22 – they want to rely on prayer and being in the deities good graces or not interfere with “the plan” – but at the same time, suicide is going to land you in the bad afterlife – so isn’t ignoring that there is life saving medical treatment essentially suicide?