Anti-science Christian extremism in Oklahoma: Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma’s new governor, is an anti-vaxxer and a dangerous Christian extremist.
Earlier this month Stitt defeated Democrat Drew Edmondson in a race to succeed Governor Mary Fallin, who is finishing the last year of her second term.
After being declared the winner of the election Stitt declared:
I’ve got to give the Lord all the credit for getting me to this point. It’s an amazing thing, to go from no name ID to becoming governor of this great state, but people are ready for change, and I’ve been saying that from the very beginning.
Sitt, a conservative Christian with a poor understanding of science and a taste for dangerous conspiracy theories, believes vaccinations for school children constitute government overreach.
Previously The Daily Beast reported on Sitt’s skepticism towards childhood vaccinations, noting:
Stitt said he personally did not vaccinate some his own kids and opposed legislation that would require vaccinations for children if they wanted to attend public schools.
In a campaign speech given earlier this year Stitt said:
I believe in choice. And we’ve got six children and we don’t vaccinate, we don’t do vaccinations on all of our children. So we definitely pick and choose which ones we’re gonna do. It’s gotta be up to the parents, we can never mandate that. I think there’s legislation right now that are trying to mandate that to go to public schools, it’s absolutely wrong. My wife was home schooled, I went to public schools, our kids go to Christian school, and that’s back to a parent’s choice.
That’s right, Sitt, who describes himself as “a man driven by faith and family,” refuses to vaccinate all of his children and believe vaccines should be optional for public school students.
Bottom line: Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma’s new governor, is an anti-science anti-vaxxer and a dangerous Christian extremist who opposes any legislation that would mandate vaccines for children attending Oklahoma’s public school system.