August 28th, 2013
12:02 AM ET

Measles outbreak puts church at odds with science on vaccinations

A dangerous outbreak of measles at a Texas megachurch is the latest collision of personal faith and public health. Sixteen members of the Eagle Mountain International Church have been sickened, the youngest just four months old. The church promotes faith healing and has preached against vaccinations in the past. Now, the pastor is calling on church members to seek the counsel of God before consulting a medical professional. 360's Randi Kaye has the story.

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  1. Mordecai

    Anderson I viewed this report, and I must tell you that I am the parent of an 5 year old Autistic child and I truly believe that the MMR vaccine caused him to develop Autism. I am not against vaccinations at all, because I was vaccinated as a child a child. You see my son Malachi, was developing fine until he received the MMR coctail which contains mercury. I would like you and Dr. Gupta to conduct an investigative report with the drug companies as to why are the Mumps-Measles-and Rubella combined now as compared to individually during the 70s. And I will bet you won't get any straight answers.



    September 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  2. Jeanne Cummins McDonnell

    I don't understand why the government has not stepped in. I know for a fact than in more than one case when religion does not allow it's members to use medicine to heal the sick, or a surgery that is needed to save a life, if there is a minor involved, the government has intervened, put the child in the care of Family Services and seen to it that the child got the treatment that was necessary.

    August 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  3. Golden Roberts

    I really don't understand where they are drawing the line. Is this a faith thing or a do not use the vaccine because it causes problems? My dad was a minister and I can tell you that I got every one of my vaccinations. I did not get the whooping cough vaccine because I was a baby, and then resulted in getting the whopping cough when I was a baby. I almost died from it. I understand that some vaccinations do cause problems for life for some children and those vaccinations need to be changed but to tell your congregations not to get vaccinated because you think they shouldn't have them is wrong. It also says in the Bible not to make a decision for someone else and it is defined as a sin. I am not knocking these people because they teach an understanding of the Bible. Perhaps letting one know that some vaccinations cause problems and that you have to be your own person of judgement when it comes to yourself and family. My dad use to say, not all doctors are bad and some are God fearing people, so have faith and put your trust in God but also know that some of these doctors wouldn't be here if God had not placed them there. I think that you get what you paid for too!

    August 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  4. rc roeder

    I feel sorry for the children, but Eagle Mountain International Church will eventually go away from all of the member dying off. The pastor, if anyone dies, should be held criminally accountable.

    August 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  5. Linda James

    The bigger the church the weirder things seem to get. Just keep that mindset away from me.

    August 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
  6. Derek

    I thought Kenneth Copeland was already exposed 20 years ago as a cult leader espousing pseudo-Christian mysticism. How does he have a church? Seems he would have been run out of town on a rail.

    August 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  7. Quayla Hope

    Dr. Gupta needs to research vaccines the way he did marijuana. If he did, he would probably change his mind on vaccines, also.

    August 28, 2013 at 1:51 am |

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