It comes as no surprise to me at all to find out that Glenn Beck is an anti-vaxxer. On his show this week, he went on an extended rant about the evils of vaccines, saying that the right and left should unite to oppose them. Because “common sense” (whatever the hell that is). And freedom. And…Galileo?
“I’m interested in moving to common sense. I’m interested in moving in the direction of freedom,” Beck said. “And so when it comes to these measles vaccinations, we have a lot in common with the left … and we have to reach out to allies.”
While asserting that nobody wants children to get measles, Beck asserted that “there’s something happening” with the measles vaccine and the rise of children being diagnosed with forms of autism that should make people cautious about getting their children vaccinated.“God gave me a brain. God gave me personal choice and responsibility for those choices,” he said. “I’m going to say no to those vaccines because I’ve done my homework.”
Beck then went on to declare that people who oppose vaccines are now being persecuted, just as Galileo was persecuted by the Catholic Church.
“Here’s another group of people that are now being rounded-up and pointed at and called morons and idiots and crackpots and crazies,” he said. “Just totally discredited … Where is anybody saying ‘my gosh, we’re living in the days of Galileo’? The church has become the state and if you don’t practice their religion exactly the way they tell you to practice it, you’re done.”
I think I just snapped my optic nerve from my eyes rolling across the room and back.