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Saturday, 27 October 2007

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"Superbug" manmade by our overuse and over dependence on antibiotics, making bacterium drug resistant

Atlanta, Georgia - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced today that more people have died from the so-called Superbug Staph infection (Methicillin/oxacillin resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) than have died from AIDS in the United States this year. However, it is not only the number of mortalities reported that is alarming, but the number of increased cases of infections in overall young healthy adults as well, causing even more reason for concern among CDC officials. Yet, the religious right remains silent.

Despite these alarming statistics, however, not one religious right-wing conservative has come forth to officially declare the Superbug (MRSA) a plague from God. Not like it did with the outbreak of AIDS cases in the gay community in the early 1980s.

According to religious scholars, however, there are four possible reasons for this:

First, it could be that those infected with the Superbug (MRSA) do not belong to any identifiable minority group like AIDS in the gay community, or children suffering from poor nutrition in impoverished White and minority communities.

Second, whether you are for it or against it, it could be that now that there are a lot more openly gay religious leaders at the pulpit; hence, there is more sensitivity with throwing around the "P-Word" [plague], having undergone the stigma of being a member of a scapegoat community for the wrath of God firsthand.

Third, this disease, unlike the rumors of AIDS being secretly created in a government laboratory, is not plague from God. It is manmade by our overuse and over dependence on antibiotics, making bacterium drug resistant.

Fourth, bigotry is way down among the self-proclaimed pious.

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