Monday, March 23, 2015

Churches, Parents and the Vaccine Controversy

It is good for people who care about autism families to know about the autism-vaccine controversy. For those who do not know, some people believe that certain vaccines either cause autism or have some other strong connection.

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This is what you need to know. Parents who believe in the autism-vaccine connection are very passionate about it. There is anger toward those who they see as allowing something dangerous to continue. Parents who believe that there is no autism-vaccine often have much more than just a lack of belief. They may feel hostility toward those who refuse to vaccinate because of the possibility of outbreaks of other diseases. There is a tremendous amout of emotion on both sides.

What is the truth? I have strong beliefs but I will not share them here.

For a church who wants to support autism families, what is important is that you do not judge. Even if you have a strongly-held belief, in the context of ministry that should be kept to yourself. Church is not the place to debate emotional controversies such as this.

It is good to be aware of what parents are feeling but you should not use the church's authority to take a stand.

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