Soon after the Boston Bombings last year, nasty rumours began to surface about the true nature of the bombings and who perpetrated them. All you have to do is Google “Boston Bombing False Flag” and you’ll get a flavor of what I mean. In simple terms, conspiracy nuts claim that the bombings were done by the US Government in an attempt to justify tighter gun control and surveillance measures. If we are led to believe that we are in mortal danger, the theory goes, we’ll be happy to exchange our freedoms in order to be safer.
Some of the “evidence” put forth by conspiracy theorists the world over was that the victims of the bombing were actors. For example, look at this victim:
According to conspiracy theorists, this person, who lost his legs at the bombing is none other than this person:
Conspiracy nuts claim that the soldier who lost his legs in combat went on to make a living posing as a bombing victim in Boston. Never mind that the bombing victim was seen by plenty of people walking around with two legs made out of flesh. Never mind that the soldier is clearly missing more of his legs than what the victim lost. When you’re sold to an idea, a conspiracy, there is nothing that will stand in its way.
This is the case with anti-vaccine activists. In their world, vaccines cause everything, and I do mean everything. So when you tell anti-vaccine nutjobs that not vaccinating leads to a life full of vaccine-preventable disease, they will almost immediately go into conspiracy mode. The woman who is the subject of this blog post, posted this on Facebook:
“Someone sent this to me this morning….I’ll let you decide! – A recent post on MommaMania called, ‘Growing up un- vaccinated’ seemed to be written by a mom/piano teacher, who lived a horribly sick life because her mother didn’t vaccinate her. So now she speaking out on how her kids are fully vaxed and never, ever get sick.
Well look at this: Both these websites show pictures an Amy Parker that loosk very similar — and check this out! “Since 2005, Amy has been an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, one of the nation’s elite disease detectives, with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.”
*IF this* is the same Amy Parker, the post is total propaganda, sponsored by the CDC.”
After planting the seed of conspiracy, she links to this page from Luther College. In it, a woman with the same name as the subject of the pro-vaccine article is shown. Here’s her picture:
This is the picture of the “Amy Parker” in the pro-vaccine article:
They’re totally the same person, right?
According to the pro-vaccine article, their Amy “is a 37 year old mother of two teenagers, with a new arrival on the way. She was brought up in the idyllic countryside of the Lake District, England by health conscious parents. She currently lives on the Fylde Coast in England where she teaches piano and singing.” According to Luther College, their Amy “continues to travel the world monitoring polio immunization campaigns in India (one of four countries that still harbors the virus), and making sure safe water practices are followed in rural clinics in Africa.” Because piano and singing teachers are also EIS officers, don’t you know?
At this point, all that the above mentioned anti-vaccine loon has to go on are these two pictures. That’s it.
Look, I don’t blame Sherri Tenpenny for wanting to believe. After all, she admits that she is not a research scientist. Not only that, but she also admits missing a year of school because she had vaccine-preventable diseases. She departs from the idea that vaccines are absolute evil and then forms her opinions on things from there. All it took was for someone to find two Amy Parkers that sort of look alike for the conspiracy theory to be developed. Even if one Amy Parker did not work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the loons would believe that there was still a conspiracy and that the pro-vaccine article was false. Facts, evidence, and the truth are not things that anti-vaccine activists will bother themselves with when trying to justify their anti-scientific beliefs.