A column about it was featured on the Dawkins page. HERE
Early this week there were hearings in Austin about it. A young woman who is dying of the cancer testified in favor of the vaccine. HERE
Last October I posted about a friend of my daughter calling me. Heather is the friend of my daughter.
I am trying to be a friendly atheist.....
How does one as an atheist give comfort to those of faith?
I had a call the other night from a school friend of my daughter's. The caller was a young lady of 30 and she said she had lost contact with my daughter and wanted desperately to speak to her. After visiting with her a short time she revealed that she had cancer and was in hospice and had about 6 months to live and wanted to talk to old friends. Of course it was an emotional conversation on both sides. I said how sorry I was and we talked a bit of old times when the kids were young. After a bit she said the only thing that was sustaining her was her faith in god. She knew that although he hadn't healed her now he would heal her later.
I didn't say anything "ugly" and she didn't ask me to pray for her etc. If it made her feel good it was OK with me. But I couldn't really think of much to say. I know I have said in the past to others who have lost loved ones.."oh they will be with god and in a better place etc etc." Not that I actually believed it, but it was just part of the ritual. I no longer say those kind of things. But I just couldn't think of anything to say to this poor girl.
Now, I am not looking for any talking points on how to console a believer, because I know it has to come from the heart and be sincere. And perhaps the less said is better too. But perhaps someone has some thoughts.