As you would all be aware the Australian immunisation policy and social welfare world is abuzz with the recent changes being made to the immunisation allowance and child care payments. I’m not going to discuss those here. To be honest I still haven’t got my head around it. I will, however, be highlighting the behaviour of anti-vaccinationists to the news of the revocation of the conscientious objection section of the legislation which should never have been in place anyway. It is a hangover from times past when some people in Federal parliament thought Meryl Dorey was a fit and proper person to allow into their offices to conduct the nefarious business of the anti-vaccine fundamentalist group, the Australian Vaccination Network.
Anyway, the CO section is gone. This leaves medical exemptions, as is right and proper. And it also leaves, inexplicably, the religious exemption. The only religion currently exempted by the government, from immunisation, is Christian Science.
So, we contacted Christian Science to ask them if the church has any objections to immunisation. This is the reply:
Thank you for your email and inquiry about whether there is a Christian Science church policy on vaccination. The answer is that members of a Christian Science church are free to make their own healthcare decisions/choices, including vaccinations. There is no church policy regarding vaccinations.
So that’s it. The only religion which is recognised by government as having an objection to immunisation does not have any objection to immunisation.
The religious exemption must, therefore, be removed.
As I stated above, this post will contain examples of anti-vaccinationist responses to the forthcoming changes. You will see that these people stand for nothing. These people think nothing of committing fraud, lying about their beliefs – and in doing so denigrating the beliefs of the religions which they propose to dishonestly join – expecting medical personnel to commit fraud, and committing tax fraud. Anti-vaccinationism is a cult, and they’ll go faith-shopping until they find a religion into which their cult will fit.
The following examples come from the Facebook group, Vaccine Free Australia.
The lists begin:
Astonishingly, and without a hint of irony, one commenter speaks of remaining “true to our beliefs and knowledge”:
Here is the first of many mentions of the fake church set up by anti-vaccine businessperson, Stephanie Messenger:
The AVN’s resident protected troll, Johanna Holland/Nicole Johnson recommends Scientology:
This person needs to be told which religion she needs to join:
This commenter advocates that people join a religion in a hurry as the new changes smell of a CDC conspiracy. I suppose if you think about it hard enough, doesn’t everything?
“I would do whatever it takes,” includes lying about your deeply held beliefs so as to access government benefits:
In response to an article about the “fake” Church of Conscious Living, a commenter wants to join:
An atheist will “pretend to believe whatever it takes” to join a religion:
Conspiracy theorist Everson plans to preach the bible at a medical practitioner. AVN stalwart and dog breeder Anita Bugges is all too aware that their group is commonly known to be anything but private; she has read the stream of deceit from those planning to lie to obtain benefits:
Having not yet submitted a CO form, this person wonders if she should just change it to a religious objection:
Another vote for Messenger’s fake church:
This person just wants to know how to join a church. Belief means nothing, unless it’s anti-vaccine belief:
You can tell how strongly held a religion’s beliefs are when those wanting to join it don’t understand it isn’t a religion:
How easily, and quickly, one can change their beliefs when they subsist on deceit:
It’s always good to see the Jews get a mention without the obligatory conspiracy theories about the new world order. It’s also good to see an anti-vaccinationist heap scorn on a belief system they are about to pretend to share:
The Taliban! Scientology! Messenger’s fake church! I think this text comes from the South Australian anti-vaccine fundamentalist, Kathy Scarborough:
Whatever religion it is, just become religious:
This commenter should be dashing the hopes of Messenger’s fake church by noting that it not registered as a religion. We’ll see:
This person will become a JW faster than you could say, “Lol”:
Look. I don’t know what this is. But if it’s anything like a human caterpillar I’m out:
I don’t know about you, but, End Time Ministries actually sound like they enjoy a laugh, once the serious business of sandwich-board-making is over for the day:
“Become that religion”. It really is that easy. Personal belief really is something to be abused as a tool to defraud the Commonwealth:
More votes for the JWs, Scientologists, and Messenger’s fake church:
Registered nurse Libby Gregg likes giving advice against immunisation. She is always wrong. Just like she is with this bad advice:
This commenter wants the flock to create their own religion. More votes are given for Messenger’s fake church, whilst the poor old Buddhists are lumped in amongst this lot, where they do not deserve to be:
From the same thread the Seventh Day Adventists get a mention, along with some more poor advice that objectors don’t need to note down their religion:
The Taliban gets another mention, which is appropriate given they hate vaccines so much they literally murder health staff who provide vaccines. Again this is the text from the South Australian anti-vaccine grunt, Kathy Scarborough:
This anti-vaccinationist states that her intention is to join Christian Science, then, simply leave after six months. Or maybe Buddhism. Easy! No disrespect to the church I’m sure. It’s just business after all. Anti-vaccine business:
Okay, we’re almost there. I promise. I have a few extra screenshots of other dishonest plans being hatched by anti-vaccinationists.
This person is planning on committing tax fraud as a payback:
These people are counting on some medical fraud and related bribery:
This is a very common tactic discussed by anti-vaccinationists. They attend a doctor’s appointment so as to have a discussion about having their CO form signed. Then, when the doctor refuses to sign, as is the doctor’s right if they do not believe the parent really does understand the risks and benefits of refusing immunisation, the anti-vaccinationist leaves without paying for the consultation. Stealing means nothing to these people:
This person recommends forging CO forms:
This person advocates refusing to pay tax, as some form of payback:
Veteran AVN member and former Facebook admin Christine Phethean wants us to take into account the Nuremberg Code. Because why not, really:
And proving me wrong about the previous mention of the Jews, here is anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Stuart Everson, with his tongue hanging out, whilst shaking his fists at Ken McLeod and his Freemason cabal:
This final comment from protected AVN troll Holland/Johnson has nineteen likes. Anti-vaccinationists are delightful:
If you made it this far, thank you.