The other day I had a discussion with someone about the WTS and vaccinations. I have a strong memory that at one time vaccinations were prohibited by the WTS, but when I searched the CD the earliest ref I found made it a matter of conscience:
*** w52 12/15 764 Questions from Readers ***
Questions from Readers
Is vaccination a violation of God’s law forbidding the taking of blood into the system?—G. C., North Carolina.
The matter of vaccination is one for the individual that has to face it to decide for himself. Each individual has to take the consequences for whatever position and action he takes toward a case of compulsory vaccination, doing so according to his own conscience and his appreciation of what is for good health and the interests of advancing God’s work. And our Society cannot afford to be drawn into the affair legally or take the responsibility for the way the case turns out.
After consideration of the matter, it does not appear to us to be in violation of the everlasting covenant made with Noah, as set down in Genesis 9:4, nor contrary to God’s related commandment at Leviticus 17:10-14. Most certainly it cannot reasonably or Scripturally be argued and proved that, by being vaccinated, the inoculated person is either eating or drinking blood and consuming it as food or receiving a blood transfusion. Vaccination does not bear any relationship to or any likeness to the intermarriage of angelic “sons of God” with the daughters of men, as described in Genesis 6:1-4. Neither can it be put in the same class as described at Leviticus 18:23, 24, which forbids the mingling of humans with animals. It has nothing to do with sex relations.
Hence all objection to vaccination on Scriptural grounds seems to be lacking. The only proper objection that some persons could raise to it would be on the matter of the health risks involved or of keeping their blood stream clean from diseased matter coming from a foreign source, whether from an animal sore or from a human sore. Medical science, in fact, claims that vaccination actually results in building up the vitality of the blood to resist the disease against which the person is inoculated. But, of course, that is a question for each individual concerned to decide for himself and as he sees it to be Jehovah’s will for him.
We merely offer the above information on request, but can assume no responsibility for the decision and course the reader may take.
However, the next pertinent ref seems to indicate a different posture (bold added):
*** w58 9/15 575 Questions from Readers ***
Questions from Readers
Are we to consider the injection of serums such as diphtheria toxin antitoxin and blood fractions such as gamma globulin into the blood stream, for the purpose of building up resistance to disease by means of antibodies, the same as the drinking of blood or the taking of blood or blood plasma by means of transfusion?—N. P., United States.
No, it does not seem necessary that we put the two in the same category, although we have done so in times past. Each time the prohibition of blood is mentioned in the Scriptures it is in connection with taking it as food, and so it is as a nutrient that we are concerned with in its being forbidden...
The injection of antibodies into the blood in a vehicle of blood serum or the use of blood fractions to create such antibodies is not the same as taking blood, either by mouth or by transfusion, as a nutrient to build up the body’s vital forces. While God did not intend for man to contaminate his blood stream by vaccines, serums or blood fractions, doing so does not seem to be included in God’s expressed will forbidding blood as food. It would therefore be a matter of individual judgment whether one accepted such types of medication or not.
Any other sources of info?
The Watchtower lifted their ban on vaccinations in 1952. My mother has NEVER lifted that ban on vaccinations, though. She still is stuck in pre-1952 Watchtower-Think.
Many, many dubs are like her.
This will also be a problem when the Watchtower finally lifts its blood ban. Dubs will still die, because they will be stuck in the old policies of the Watchtower Cult.
It will probably take an entire generation after the blood ban is finally removed before dubs will stop refusing transfusions to save their lives.
Many, MANY will die needlessly in the meantime. Cults are very dangerous to one's health.
This link contains a few quotes from WTS material: http://www.premier1.net/~raines/quackery.html
A. H. Macmillan's Faith on the March contains an extremely revealing description of how Macmillan convinced some JWs in prison to submit to vaccinations.
Brief references are scattered in many JW-critical publications, but the above seem to be definitive.
Here are a few from the Quotes website:
*** The Golden Age, Jan 16, 1924 *** [Note: not available on 1993/1995/1999 CD-ROM] It has never been proven that a single disease is due to germs.
*** The Golden Age, May 1, 1929, p. 502 *** [Note: not available on 1993/1995/1999 CD-ROM] Thinking people would rather have smallpox than vaccination, because the latter sows the seed of syphilis, cancers, escema, erysipelas, scrofula, consumption, even leprosy and many other loathsome affections. Hence the practice of vaccination is a crime, an outrage and a delusion.
*** The Golden Age, Feb 4 1931 pp. 293, 294, 297 The Sacredness of Human Blood (Reasons why vaccination is unscriptural) *** [Note: not available on 1993/1995/1999 CD-ROM] ...the vaccination law reduces the father and mother to mere slavery, almost as bad as the colored people were in, when their children were put up on the block and sold. In many slave-sale cases the mother and father were even forbidden to shed tears. Vaccination is a direct violation of the everlasting covenant that God made with Noah after the flood. [...] Vaccination has never saved a human life. It does not prevent smallpox.
*** Consolation, March 22, 1939, p. 21 *** [Note: not available on 1993/1995/1999 CD-ROM] ...the irrefutably logical fact that serums and vaccines are products of contamination...rise in cancer is attributed to the use of serums...for the best part they are but handicaps to inherent healing forces of the human body...these are by-products of pus matter...in reality and action it is worse than the proverbial "seven plagues"...One may go through life without having serious manifestations of what has been injected into his blood-stream, thus thinking he was "immunized", but, suddenly, it may begin its satanic work on his child, or even "unto third and fourth generation".
Thank you, gentlemen: I'm glad to know that my memory has not gone completely south! LOL
Farkel: Far be it from me to defend the WTS, but you're right on the money that in many cases the problem lies at the feet of the unobservant publisher and/or the braindead elder that lives (and dies) by their prior (perhaps decades old) understanding of the latest truth (whatever that term may mean ). In a sociological perspective, moving a mass of millions of people is fraught with difficulty (read politics).
AlanF: Thanks for that link! I remember well the anti-aluminum hype. Fortunately, my Mom has a professional medical background (RN), and she had the balls to use her brains and did what she knew was right for us kids; cutting-edge, NQA.
That 1931 Awake nails it. I owe an apology to Quotes (for not looking there), and a thanks to you, for doing the homework for me!
In 1958 one of my older brothers contracted polio. We were the only family to attend our school that did not receive the Salk vaccine. When my brother was hospitalized the school contacted my parents and told them we could no longer attend school w/o being vaccinated. Like good little sheep, we had toed the line but for some reason my mother quickly concented to us getting shots. so apparently, what we were told was the "law" was by then discretionary. Kind of like onacruse getting out of the cage. without the bars you still circle around as if you are still caged, behaving like a conditioned animal, never thinking for one's self. grrrrrrr
I remember watching a TV show with Joan Cetnar and she said how she had to get a scar put on the side of her arm to get into school because at the time, vaccinations were prohibited in the WT. This must have been in the 1940's.