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Vaccine skeptic propogates harmful autism stereotypes…again

Posted Feb 29 2012 4:09pm

A major news story in the U.S. right now involves a school shooting incident in Ohio. Somehow when school shootings happen, someone always seems to float the speculation that the shooter is/was autistic. It’s happening again with people pointing to on
the Cafe Mom website:

40 Infallible Reasons Why You Should Not Vaccinate Infants

By Jagannath Chatterjee (Fighting Vaccines Since 1985)
August 30, 2008

“Fighting vaccines since 1985”....

The 40 “infallible reasons” include this one:

23. Autism is a permanent disability that affects the child physically, mentally and emotionally. It makes the child loose social contact. It impedes both the physical and mental growth of the child. It destroys the brain causing severe memory and attention problems. According to vaccine researcher Dr Harris Coulter, vaccines cause children to become pervert and criminal. All the school shootings by the children in the USA are by autistic children. Vaccines can cause more harm that even the medical community privately acknowledges.

Readers will likely not be surprised to read that Dr. Coulter is not a medical doctor.

Such statements as those above generally don’t need comment to anyone who has even a cursory knowledge of the facts. If I had made that statement up people would accuse me of going over-the-top in parody.

This isn’t a time for “generally”. We have a recent school shooting case in the U.S.. And we have people pointing to this article as part of that discussion. The logical train of vaccines cause autism which causes people to be “pervert and criminal” which leads to school shootings.

It’s worth noting that both Harris Coulter and Jagannath Chatterjee are featured favorably on the site Whale.to. For those who consider that to be an ad-hominem attack I’d ask: against who? Whale.to or Coulter and Chatterjee? Neither looks good in association with the other.

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