Anti-vaccine activists have stooped to a an all time low. An Australian couple whose child died from a vaccine-preventable disease decided to take their experience by writing about it on social media in order to warn people but were met with insults and outright vitriol for their daring to speak out.
An opinion piece in The West Australian describes the experience of Catherine and Greg Hughes. Six months ago, the couple tragically lost their four week old baby, Riley, to whooping cough due to not vaccinating him and upon posting messages on social media warming people of what happened. The two were trolled and had insults directed at them by online anti-vaccine activists.
One campaigner compared the couple to Adolph Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbles, claiming they were conducting a sales pitch for vaccine companies. Another went so far as to question Riley’s existence stating that his death might have been staged in order to promote immunization efforts.
The silver lining is that anti-vaccine groups seem to have started to lose their luster Down Under just like they are in the United States. The Australian Vaccination Network had its credibility severely damaged when Australia’s tax authorities yanked its charitable status. Anti-vaxxers claim they are not anti-vaccine just support vaccination choice. But if they were pro-choice on vaccines then they should have no problem with people who tried their proposals and its consequences. But they don’t, which is why people like the Hughes family’s remarks were met with such anger.
Now, as Dr. Elena Conis points out in a Los Angeles Times commentary, the anti-vaccine movement is an outgrowth of the environmentalist movement. The efforts of anti-vaccine activists are an extension of the green movement’s holy war (i.e. jihad) to eradicate human life from the face of the Earth. Now that the science relating to climate change, genetically modified foods, fracking and vaccines do not confirm what the environmentalist groups have been claiming all along they become tantamount gangsters since their tactics aren’t just to lie but also to resort to sabotage, threats and intimidation if someone attempts to prevent their underlying goal of the suffering and ultimate death of human life. A realization the Hughes family came to find out after the tragic death of their son.