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My head is going to explode

February 3, 2008
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“Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.”

That link does not go to the Onion, folks. It doesn’t go to some anti-muslim or anti-religion site. This is real, unspun STUPIDITY.

Until this point, I truly didn’t think there was a religion out there that valued its own inane and ludicrous take on sexuality over the actual health and well-being of other humans. Yet, here I am, examining yet another new low in Woo-Woo Land.

Sheffield University also reported a case of a Muslim medic who refused to “scrub” as this left her forearms exposed.

This is a person trained to keep the health of people who trust them with their lives! I guess in Muslim Fundie World, the germ theory of medicine was never discovered. This stupid asshole can’t be bothered to wash her hands for the sake of keeping sacred her fucking forearm!

There is nothing in the stand that these Muslim women are taking that adds any value, any enlightenment, any hope, any compassion to the world. Can someone tell me what else religion is supposed to offer? What is it about some people that they can’t make a normal, rational decision about how to be a part of the world?

Can I take a metaphor break? I’m a short fat guy that can run for about 15 seconds before getting winded and jump a vertical 4 inches. Plus I smoke. How many basketball teams do you think I’ve tried out for? My lack of knowledge or experience in matters of business finance keep me from applying as an Investment Banker. I pride myself on my secular morals, and I don’t believe in any kind of god. Would you think me a good candidate for Seminary?

Every single one of those examples shows why I am not qualified for jobs that are far less important than saving lives. The reasons that preclude me from doing those jobs are no less a barrier than the inablility to maintain proper hygeine is to practising medicine. It astounds and enrages me that people would try for a job that their religious beliefs bar from doing safely. They take an oath to do no harm and toss that solemn oath aside when insipid rules of modesty conflict with it.

I am shocked and bewildered at the irresponsibility of these Muslim medical students. If any University or medical institution comes into this situation, I call on that institution to immediately fail the student and relieve them of any medical responsibilities. They have an obligation to the patient, not to religion.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Ed T. permalink
    February 4, 2008 12:46 pm

    We need to get you a bigger soapbox my friend. Why would you even think to practice medicine if you could not hold down the most basic of the fundamentals in regard to hygiene and cleanliness?

  2. February 4, 2008 4:58 pm

    They could say that they didn’t know that they would have to practise basic hygeine. That’s bullshit, because anyone who has turned on a television for more the 7 minutes has probably seen an episode of: MASH, Scrubs, ER, House MD, Trapper John MD, General Hospital, Grays Anatomy, Nip Tuck, St. Elsewhere, Crossing Jordan, or any of 177 million other medical shows knows damn well that doctors and nurses SCRUB!

    Mor than likely, they feel that they can do whatever they want and wear their religion like set of plate mail +5 versus reality. Rather then bring their premodern medicine religious views into the world of today, they’d rather moan and wail that their religious rights are being infringed upon, completely forgetting the rights of the people that they supposedly help.

    It’s a sad sad state of affairs for a person when the Catholic Church has a doctrine more modern then theirs.

  3. February 5, 2008 11:41 am

    This is a weird (well, that is an understatement) juxto to the news this year that the University of Michigan is putting in foot baths all over campus to accomodate the Muslim population attending, as it is inconvenient for others to have them washing their FEET several times a day (another religious precetpt) in the washroom sinks.

    Your post reminds me of a problem the Newark Food CO-OP had some years ago with vegetarian staffers.
    A few staffers decided to refuse to sell any of the meat products that the store carries because of their private beliefs about meat.
    So, at the register, customers couldn’t make the purchases they wanted to make.
    Now, all potential employees have to sign a statement that they will sell every product that the store carries.

    Muslims who refuse to practice common hygiene threaten the health and welfare of the rest of the public and they must be fired if they continue on this path.

  4. February 5, 2008 11:41 am

    er, make that Muslims in the health field.

  5. February 5, 2008 12:32 pm

    “A few staffers decided to refuse to sell any of the meat products that the store carries because of their private beliefs about meat.”

    Wow, that’s incredible to me. I always thought vegetarianism was supposed to be one person’s coice not to eat meat. I guess any strong belief can make someone go crazy and try to impose it on others.

    I wonder if I can get out of doing Windows stuff at work because I’m a UNIX/Mac person…

  6. Ed T. permalink
    February 5, 2008 5:25 pm

    Crap, the woman in the waiting room at the hospital washed her hands three times before even touching me, I would hate to think of someone not doing that with all of the Staph and sh*t going through the world these days…

    And speaking as an ex-vegetarian, they are worse than the Peta people at times, thus another reason I am a solid meat eater again!

  7. February 5, 2008 5:27 pm

    Hey, I didn’t know you dropped the vegetarian thing. Congrats! Let’s get a steak this weekend 🙂

  8. KLT permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:05 pm

    While I agree with you all that the non-scrubbers shouldn’t be in the medical fields if they will not comply with the regulations, I would like to point out that the article does say the regulations are new. Therefore, not all of the objectors would have been practicing/learning with these regulations in place when they started. It’s up to them to either comply or leave the field, much like the vegetarians need to sell the meat, or the cabbies need to haul people carrying liquor, etc. And if you think the veggies, Muslims, or PETAs are bad, you should hear the breast vs. bottle and work vs. home mommies!

  9. February 7, 2008 6:03 pm

    The regulations to be bare below the elbow are new, and I agree that this rule may not have been foreseen when some of these students began their classes. Basic hygeine, however, is a concept that is well over a century old, and any student who did not understand that they must scrub shouldn’t have been in school for medicine in the first place

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