Voodoo Rituals, Toxic Mercury

In response to a Reuter's News Service Article on August 31, 2006
EPA: Quit Using Mercury in Your Voodoo Rituals

"Ritualistic use of toxic mercury by followers of Voodoo and other religions is dangerous but regulating it could drive the practice underground and possibly violate U.S. guarantees of freedom of religion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.......mercury’s toxic effects are pronounced in the nervous systems and brains of exposed children, and can damage organs and cause seizures in adults." - Reuter's, Aug. 31, 2006

Barbara Loe Fisher Comments:
OK, EPA, FDA and CDC, you can't have it both ways. Either mercury is toxic and it doesn't belong in the human body; or mercury is no big deal and we can eat and drink it, breathe and bathe in it, as well as inject it into our bodies with no worries.

How come you can close down schools when a kid breaks a mercury filled thermometer on the floor and you are going after practitioners of voodoo for using bits of mercury to ward off evil spirits, but you insist on injecting mercury directly into the bloodstreams of American babies through vaccination?

You are guilty as charged for practicing voodoo medicine and voodoo politics on the American people. Going after the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion in America, is a clever way of deflecting attention from your regulatory responsibilities to insure that products consumed by Americans are free from toxic substances. Why are we subjected to laws which require us to inject mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and phenoxyethanol into our children through vaccination? Leave the First Amendment alone and do your job.

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