Michael Minkoff, whose blog Last Resistance claims to be “liberalism’s worst nightmare,” is very unhappy with CFI’s Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign. But it turns out his real difficulty is with being told he’s wrong, which he mistakenly thinks makes the person telling him that closed-minded and “totalitarian.”
According to the website campaign “Keep Health Care Safe and Secular” started by the Center for Inquiry, there are three main areas where faith and quackery attack good health care: reproductive health, vaccines, and alternative medicine.
Presumably, the Center for Inquiry is all about choice and freedom of inquiry, so it’s odd that they should start a campaign that attempts to end choices and extinguish inquiry. For instance, their pro-vaccination campaign seems hellbent on forcing people to get vaccinated.
Yep. And there’s a good reason for that. When people don’t get vaccinated, they put other people’s health at risk. We’re seeing that all over the place with diseases that are easily eradicated by vaccines, like measles and whooping cough, making a comeback.
Their reproductive health campaign seeks to force taxpayers to pay for other people’s abortions and birth control.
So? Taxpayers are forced to pay for lots of things they don’t support, like invading countries that are no threat to us. I don’t know why this one issue should be treated any differently.
And their alternative medicine campaign seeks to snuff out any medical practices that fall outside the “conventional medicine” umbrella.
Nope. We just don’t think companies should be allowed to commit fraud, preying on the desperate to sell them “medicines” that don’t actually help them. If they can show that it works, they can sell it. If they can’t show that it works, they can’t sell it. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.
I fail to see how this campaign has anything to do with inquiry. The Center for Inquiry has already decided the issue for all of us. They’ve done the inquiring and the research, and we just need to fall in line.
I’m so sick of this pompous attitude. There is a reason why people don’t listen to pro-vaccination campaigns, pro-abortion rants, and diatribes against alternative medicine. Because they are just as manipulative, arm-twisting, intractable, and unreasonable as they say their opponents are. If anything, inquiry requires an open mind…
For all their espousals of open-mindedness, the Center for Inquiry has a vision for the world that is unbendingly totalitarian and as narrow as the edge of a scalpel.
Well sorry, but if you think vaccinations don’t work and cause all kinds of horrible things, you’re just wrong. And all this talk of us not being open-minded is just nonsense. What could be more open-minded than saying that if you can show that your product works, you can sell it? If you can actually show that vaccines don’t work and have terrible side effects, then by all means that should influence public policy. That is open inquiry. But you can’t show those things and all the whining about how unfair it is to tell you that you’re wrong won’t change that.