Last week I wrote an article outlining why anti-vaxxers are terrorists. The piece received overwhelmingly positive reviews from people around the world. However, I have also received an obscene amount of messages from anti-vaxxers proclaiming their disdain for the article and their hatred for me. To drive home my point that these people act to intimidate, ridicule, and spread-fear I am sharing actual messages sent to me by anti-vaxxers.
Despite their attempts to get the article pulled, my editor found my opinion piece supported with concrete facts. While some believe that calling anti-vaxxers terrorists is over the top, I stand by my work.
In response to my piece, anti-vaxxers began flooding all of my social media platforms. Some of the comments make no sense. Other comments attempt to disparage my parenting, appearance, and mock my son.
I have been open with my readers that I parent a child that is both medically fragile and autistic. My son contracted whooping cough as an infant because he was too fragile to receive the immunizations. We rely heavily on everyone to do their part by vaccinating to keep him safe.
By taking low blows, their responses further support these people work in an organized effort to terrorize, intimidate, and bully anyone that doesn’t believe their conspiracy theories.
Here is a small sample of what I received this week:
Attacking My Parenting and Son:
Some Guy Who Has a “Truth” Radio Show had Some Opinions
Naturally, I’m a Paid Big Pharma Shill – Standard Anti-Vax Rhetoric:
Read the Inserts:
These Hashtags are Telling:
When in doubt Insult the Writer’s appearance:
Or Just Have a Temper Tantrum:
In response, I got a hair cut and sent a shout out to my fans:
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
She co-hosts the YouTube show, “The Smoking Nun,” with Kyle Curtis. The show airs weekly and tackles pseudoscience, current events, and crime stories.
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