In case you were wondering how evil the anti-vaccine cult can get

I know that you probably won’t be surprised to hear how evil the anti-vaccine zealots can get over the topic of vaccination. But, just in case you think that theirs is a religion of peace, let’s take a look at what is happening in California right now.

State Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician, has proposed legislation that does away with the personal belief exemption from vaccination requirements for school. That’s all the bill does. If an anti-vaccine parent wants their precious little snowflakes to go to school with the rest of society, then they need to due their civic duty and protect the most vulnerable from vaccine-preventable diseases. Hey, everyone does this for them, so it’s time that they do it for others.

In no place within the bill does it state that children would be forced to be vaccinated. There are no civil or criminal penalties for not vaccinating. Anti-vaccine cult members can continue to not vaccinate their children, but they can’t take advantage of herd immunity provided by the children of responsible parents. They also can’t erode herd immunity at a school level.

Sorry, creeps, but we took a vote, and we want you to be responsible if you’re going to be part of our society.

Of course, the anti-vaccine priests came out in full force and decided to brand Dr. Pan a traitor, a Nazi, and other choice adjectives, just like they do so much with Dr. Paul Offit. As a result of their anger, the California Capitol has had to be under a state of alert because…

“Emotions have flared as deliberations begin on SB 277 and anti-vaccine advocates lobby aggressively against the bill. At a raucous committee hearing last week, where several audience members were ejected, Democratic senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Bill Monning of Carmel chided opponents for calls to their offices that they said crossed the line.

The office of Sen. Ben Allen, a Santa Monica Democrat who is a co-author of Pan’s bill, declined to comment on whether he was also receiving threats or additional security.

Pan blamed the “vitriol” of prominent anti-vaccine advocates, such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who apologized this week for calling the rise in autism, which he believes is linked to vaccines, a “holocaust.””

See, when a high priest like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., stands up in front of his congregation and proclaims that vaccines are bringing about a “holocaust,” many if not all of the congregation members are going to collectively lose their goddamned minds. There’s no science in what RFK Jr. says. There’s no good evidence of what he stands for (or against, really). But why listen to evidence when the lies make you feel more comfortable?

RFK Jr. is not the only one stoking the flames. There are plenty in the anti-vaccine cult who are thirsty for blood. So stay safe out there, as you continue to fight the good fight.

What people do during their day

There are people out there in the world that wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, maybe drink coffee, and then proceed to do this:

“”Then she went on saying my son was obviously weak and the weakest of the herd are not meant to survive, I should just get over it,” he says.”

Who is “she”? She is an anti-vaccine activist who called “he,” the father of a child who died from chickenpox. She is a vile and disgusting person who got up from bed that morning, did her morning routine, and then decided somewhere in her head to call this father and tell him to “just get over it.”

But it doesn’t stop there. This other person also got up one morning and decided to do this:

“Cecily Johnson’s daughter Laine died a slow and agonising death. She contracted measles as a 10-month-old, just weeks before her scheduled immunisation, but survived. But when she was seven years old, the deadly measles sidekick that had been lying in wait, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), began its fatal attack. Within two weeks she was blind, and then lost ability to walk and talk.

She died at age 12 in 1995.

Like the McCafferys and the Kokegeis, Cecily wanted to warn other families about the horrors of vaccine-preventable diseases. She spoke to Ray Martin and within weeks an anti-vaccination book,Behavioural Problems in Children: the Link to Vaccination, was delivered to her in-laws’ address in Western Australia. It was signed by the author, anti-vaccination campaigner Vera Schribner. “I sent it back to her. I was furious,” Cecily says.”

I’m going to say it. Vera Schribner woke up that morning and decided to sign one of her [expletive] anti-vaccine books and give it to the parents of a child who died from a vaccine-preventable book. If Charles Manson sent a copy of his bio to a family member of one of his victims, I wouldn’t be as outraged. (Yeah, okay, I would.)

Anyway, go read the rest of that report. But I must warn you that you will find yourselves hating people. Oh, “hate” is too strong a word? Sorry. I do hate them. (It also includes the story of the harassment of the parents of Dana McCaffery, a little who died from pertussis.

I hate them with the passion of a million yellow suns.

Is it evil?

I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist, but, as I’ve been dreaming up the plot of “The Poxes,” I’ve been thinking a lot about the criminal mind. This all came to the forefront yesterday as I watched what was happening in Boston. All at once, I was worried about the people there and the people I know who live in Boston, and then I began to think about the kind of person who does something like bombing a group of people at a sporting event.

Like Ren wrote yesterday:

“Those people were not there in a political protest. They were not there as part of a religious sect. And they were certainly a mix of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. They were as innocent as innocent people get.”

Whoever places bombs in such a group of people is no less than evil.
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