|Dr Jonas Salk administers a polio vaccine to a very brave kid.|
The last story was one of a girl who was upset that her mother made her take a birth control shot when she turned 18 because she, who at the time was a virgin and not sexually active, was going to "have sex anyway" when she got to college according to her mother.
Of the three stories, one is false.
The pope story is true. Click here for more on that story.
The story about the girl is true. Although I won't give you her link, here's more about the shot.
The story about Jonas Salk, an atheist as I noted to not make this a "Christian people do great things" moment, concerns the young palsied Jonas, aged 3, going for a jug of milk from the refrigerator and drops it. His mother instead of correcting him, challenges him to pick up the jug. She didn't give in to his disability. He learns to manipulate his weakened fingers to hold the jug and balance it with the other hand while he finally pours the milk into a glass successfully.
|What? He didn't? Well, there goes my Faith.|
But the story was false. I didn't know until I Wikki'd it and Googled it and Yahoo'd it and Ask.com'd it and found nothing.
Setting the record straight:
1. Jonas Salk was born into a Jewish family. There is no real mention of atheism as his belief system. However, he did conceptualize a belief called "biophilosophy". His definition of a biophilosopher is: "Someone who draws upon the scriptures of nature, recognizing that we are the product of the process of evolution, and understands that we have become the process itself, through the emergence and evolution of our consciousness, our awareness, our capacity to imagine and anticipate the future, and to choose from among alternatives."
Salk may be associated with atheism because of his philosophy. The Jonas Salk Institute in California hosted (and may host) gatherings of atheist scientists that include atheist-pope, Richard Dawkins.
3. As I was telling the story, I was concerned that maybe it didn't register right. First, when Salk was 3, the year was 1917. Plastic milk jugs weren't used until 1966. So young Jonas either had a glass jug to grab and drop or a ceramic or glass milk pitcher. And if it hit the floor, it may well have broken or shattered. Unless it was pewter. Or silver. Which is unlikely.
4. He probably didn't have a refrigerator (they didn't appear until 1927) and relied on the "milk man" who delivered milk daily.
|Milk Man in the Milk Mobile!|
So, I apologize and can't promise I'll get everything right in the future but I'll at least be more careful with checking my sources.
The internet sure can set things straight as much as it can mess things up!
It also is bad for a preacher to use false stories to illustrate a point. I actually could have done without telling it at all.
I remember a very able preacher telling a story about Walt Disney and said "Disney was Catholic". Well, he wasn't and although the homilist is a good one, I still have some concern over his veracity. Because of that.
Hopefully, this post cures any doubts.
Haha..cure. Because it started about Salk. Haha....
7-1-12 : MORE ON THE SALK STORY!
I told my friend that the Salk story he told me wasn't true. He said, "It wasn't? Hm." Then he went to his Google and came up with this:
A story is told of Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine. When asked where he got the resilience to persevere through multiple scientific failures, he referred to his mother. He remembered a time as a child when he was eating cookies and milk while zooming a toy car around the table. His mother warned him repeatedly to move his milk away from the edge of the table so he wouldn’t spill it, but he ignored her. Predictably, he knocked the milk to the floor. He looked up, chagrined. Most parents would have scolded a child for ignoring warnings. Salk remembers his mother simply asking, “So, what did you learn?” The importance of learning from failures stuck.
I said that it wasn't quite like he told it and he said, "Oh, maybe not" and then smiled and said, "The thing starts with 'a story is told' so it may not be true even there". He reminded me that we are Southerners and truth never should get in the way of a good story, even for a preacher.