Few things, aside from rape, are like rape. And the tool that eliminated smallpox and almost got polio is not like rape.
Of course, when you’re so far off the deep end that words have no meaning so long as they support your political stance, that doesn’t matter. That’s why the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network is facing some serious backlash for comparing vaccinations to rape.
The post, which has since been removed, shows a man holding his hand over a woman’s mouth. The superimposed text reads, “FORCED PENETRATION. Really – no big deal, if it’s just a vaccination needle, and he’s a doctor. Do you really ‘need’ control over your own choices.”
Like most “skeptic” networks, they’re staunchly anti-vaccination, and like Answers in Genesis, there’s nothing you can do to change their mind — they even promote the theory that vaccinations cause autism, despite studies that suggest otherwise.
But this particular piece of memetic idiocy even has other anti-vaccination advocates balking.
Before the post was removed, one commenter replied, “good advocacy, bad ad.” They added, “There are other ways to get your point across just as effectively without being insensitive to the people who’ve been through sexual abuse.”
Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network, however, is not just distancing themselves from the post — no, they’re retreating full-speed backwards from the Facebook page itself. They claim they’re no longer in control, despite having members that post as administrators.
They even issued a halfhearted nonpology, penned by the founder of the group, Meryl Dorey:
Wow! Why does everything happen while I am asleep? I am currently overseas in a different time zone so I missed all of the back and forth over this issue, but I must reiterate what another moderator has said. This page is completely independent of the AVN and is owned by someone who is not part of our organisation though he is a fan of our group and of informed choice. I agree that the image was very much in-your-face and should not have been posted here, but I am also (once again) floored that this has become a media issue whilst the children who are killed and permanently injured and their families that are often destroyed remain in the shadows as far as the press is concerned.
Let’s get back to the issue at hand and agree that the important thing to do is to focus on the immorality of forced vaccination. And please stop arguing that taking entitlements away from people is not the same as forcing them to vaccinate. If your income was removed, you would feel a bit forced too when it came to paying your rent, putting food on the table and clothing yourself and your children. How we can fight to protect our rights and the rights of our children is why we are here so let’s stay on that subject and support each other please.
The group used to be known as the Australian Vaccination Network, but they lost a court case and had to change their name in 2014 because people were under the impression that it was an unbiased source for information on vaccinations.
“Forced vaccination?” That sounds a lot like the rhetoric we hear from the NRA and other gun nuts, don’t you think?