It looks like someone over at the “daily web newspaper of the (non-existent) autism epidemic” is all worked up over people telling her the truth. In a weird blog post, an anti-vaccine activist asks 15 questions of us “vaccine bullies”. Go read them. Every answer, from me, is a resounding “NO”. The best question was number 14:
“If a parent has independently researched vaccines, possibly to a level that exceeds that of any healthcare practitioner they might see, and is confident that they have reached the best decision for their family, would you be okay with that parent exempting their children from vaccines?”
I needed a good laugh after this week. (Work gets rough as the cold and flu season picks up in the capital area.) People “doing their own research” “to a level that exceeds that of any healthcare practitioner they might see”? Please. The only way this is true is if they’re seeing a chiropractor.
And what’s with the whole “bully” thing? It is very obvious that this woman, who claims to be a vaccine expert, is not an expert in the English language. To bully is to “use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.” None of the people she calls out by name at the beginning of her blog post has ever done this. And she should be very careful. Accusing people online like that of something as serious as bullying leaves her open to all sorts of legal repercussions.
No, the bullies are the ones that try to get people fired instead of brining evidence. The bullies are the ones that call for a god to bring pain and suffering upon people who advocate for vaccination. Bullies are the ones that use death threats against vaccine researchers.
Bullies are not the ones who counter the lies with science.
Go read the comments to have a good laugh. My good friend is there:
“This is very good – it makes the point that these are people who are misbehaving in very unpleasant ways. It should not be that children have to be sacrificed for the alleged public good, and these people – with all their arrogant faux-rectitude and sarcasm – are trying to sweep the damage from public gaze. The day is getting closer when this revolting charade will be thoroughly exposed. They are just there to intimidate, confuse and bully.
Oh, the false prophets telling us about “the day”.
As to why I’d respond “NO” to all of her questions, the reason is very simple. I am not a medical doctor. I am not a physician assistant. I am not even a nurse. I cannot tell you whether or not any of the medical questions you pose should allow you to be exempt or not. In my opinion, they shouldn’t. But it’s not for me to tell you this. It’s for your healthcare provider. The way I see it, you don’t have a constitutional right to be exempt. You don’t even have a religious one. You have no right to put us all at risk because of your idiotic world view.
The only way for an exemption is a real, measurable, medical exemption. Period. Otherwise, get out of my society.