Antivaccinationists and the Nation of Islam protest in front of the CDC, but don't you dare call them "antivaccine" - 2015-10-26

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F0.png Antivaccinationists and the Nation of Islam protest in front of the CDC, but don't you dare call them "antivaccine" October 26, 2015, David Gorski, Science-Based Medicine

Fast forward to this summer. In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, California was on the way towards passing SB 277, a bill (now law) that eliminated nonmedical exemptions to school and day care vaccine mandates. It was at this time that the antivaccine movement in California and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. cozied up with the Nation of Islam to help oppose SB 277 by using images of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and invoking the "CDC whistleblower" to convince Minister Tony Muhammed and Minister Louis Farrakhan that the CDC was covering up a link between MMR vaccination and autism in African American boys. Brian Hooker and RFK, Jr. even spoke at a Nation of Islam event held at a Church of Scientology public center. (In recent years, the Nation of Islam has more or less become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Church of Scientology. At the very least, there is a close relationship now.)

Fast forward to this weekend. The "fruits" (if you can call them that) of the alliance between RFK, Jr. (and other antivaccine groups) and the Nation of Islam were on display in Atlanta for all to see.


{{cite news | first = David | last = Gorski | title = Antivaccinationists and the Nation of Islam protest in front of the CDC, but don't you dare call them "antivaccine" | url = https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/antivaccinationists-and-the-nation-of-islam-protest-in-front-of-the-cdc-but-dont-you-dare-call-them-antivaccine/ | work = Science-Based Medicine | date = October 26, 2015 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}