Today, some religious groups and faiths are accused of violating certain social norms. One of the most frequent reproaches is the refusal of medical care, and he is one of the most serious: after refraining from caring for his own body, a person is able to jeopardize the life and health of other people – first of all, his relatives.
Earlier in the Orthodox press, in particular in the Sarov newspaper, it was alleged that the Jehovah’s refrained from vaccination in Estonia (http: // www. Gazeta-sarov. Ru /? Cat = 5 & id = 2118). Similar information is circulating on the Internet in relation to the Russian region – Buryatia. Allegedly, such cases were recorded last spring.
Establishing the reliability of these messages is not easy. The main reason is that Rospotrebnadzor statistics for 2013 have not yet been published. The press service of this department "NGR" reported that they do not exclude cases of refusal of the Jehovah's vaccine, but they can not provide any specific data.
In the Jehovist communities of Buryatia, they firmly deny participation in the anti-campaign. According to the head of one of them, Stanislav Glotov, his co-religionists "care about their health better than those who support other faiths."
The possibility that Jehovah's Witnesses refused vaccinations was also rejected by Alexander Dvorkin, the head of the Center for St. Irenaeus of Lyons, who criticizes the activities of new religious movements, in an interview with our correspondent.
Rumors that religious convictions suggesting rejection of vaccinations are widespread among Jehovah's Witnesses are based on examples from the history of this association. It is reported that until 1952, many Jehovah’s allegedly strongly opposed vaccination. Thus, the authors of the American edition of the Golden Age called vaccination "barbarism and illusion", and in addition – "a direct violation of the covenant made by God with Noah." Quite radical statements were published on the pages of the Jehovah's Journal, in particular: “Vaccination is a direct violation of the holy law of Jehovah Jehovah. I have no choice. I Must Submit to Jehovah's Law ”(cited at http://www. religioustolerance.org/ witness6. Htm).
However, after 1952, the official position of the Jehovahs had nothing to do with anti-reactionism. According to the doctrine of unification, the question of vaccinations appears as a private affair of believers. Thus, if a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses society refuses vaccination, then, from the point of view of their co-religionists, this is not done for religious reasons, but because of individual beliefs. At the same time, it is sometimes difficult to separate one reason from another in the mind of a religious person.
In this vein, the position of the Jehovah's Witnesses of Siberia was commented on by the “NGR” observer on religious issues of the newspaper “New Buryatia” Sergey Basayev. We quote the journalist: “To date, there is no reliable information about a single case of parents refusing to vaccinate children for religious reasons. The main reason for the refusal of most parents called harming their health. At the same time, it is known that the leaders of Protestant religious organizations do not prevent their followers from vaccinating, giving believers the opportunity to make a personal choice, to be vaccinated or not. In particular, one of the organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ulan-Ude issued an official statement that vaccination does not contradict their religious views. Reliable data on how many “Jehovah's Witnesses” last year refused vaccinations and whether there are any “refuseniks” among followers of this religious teaching, are currently missing. In my opinion, such failures are possible in principle, given the practice of "Jehovah's Witnesses" restrictions on the introduction of harmful substances, in their opinion, into your body. "
Grigory Martynov, a spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses Management Center, in a commentary on the NGR, rejected the involvement of his co-religionists in the anti-campaign: “Jehovah's Witnesses see no medically and biblically sound reason for refusing vaccinations. The question of whether to take any vaccines or not, to use them or not, each "Jehovah's Witness" decides personally for themselves. " According to the representative of the association, his co-religionists do not keep statistics on "refuseniks" and therefore cannot provide any information on this subject.
NG RELIGIONS, March 5, 2014