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February 11, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

This is less than inspiring:

Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.

Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.

Universities and NHS trusts fear many more will refuse to co-operate with new Department of Health guidance, introduced this month, which stipulates that all doctors must be “bare below the elbow”.

The rules are there for a reason, are they not? No one seems to backing down on this, so that’s good. Still, you can’t really grant special treatment here. I know I wouldn’t want someone who was refusing to follow hygiene rules to operate on me. And I wouldn’t feel great about requesting a non-Muslim doctor, nor would I have that option in some cases. Alas, I don’t live in England, but who’s to say there won’t be any objections over here?

Of course, we wouldn’t be having these problems if people were rational enough to reject the absolutely ridiculous idea that baring your arms has been decreed “immodest” by imaginary authorities.

But, I suppose the objecting Muslims can quit, as some seem to be considering. If you can’t follow the rules, you have to find a different line of work. After all, If you don’t believe in extra-marital sex you don’t become porn star.

Alright, that was a little extreme. You don’t become a pharmacist if distributing certain medicines is against your religion.

Damn it, we’re screwed.

(via Pharyngula)

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