As you may know, Asheville is among the areas with the highest rates of unvaccinated children in the country.
I’m not anti-vaccine, really I’m not. That said, I swear this whole controversy around vaccines feels to me like the secular liberal equivalent of homosexuality for conservative Christians. Of all the things the Bible in general and Jesus in particular seem to focus on, they want to make a big deal about homosexuality.
Of all the science we have pointing to the catastrophic crises unfolding right now that threaten to undermine the very life-support systems of the planet — what secular liberals want to get all hot and bothered about is whether or not every child in America has been strictly following the CDC vaccination schedule.
Let me just point out that we know and have known for decades that we are creating a future for our children and grandchildren that will be unrecognizable to us: a world with toxic air, poisoned water, radically reduced species diversity, depleted soils and a climate that will make it impossible to grow enough food to feed 7 billion people (hell, we’re having a hard time doing it now).
And they’ll have to deal with all this amid whatever kind of chaotic and unstable economic and political situation results from a century of anti-democratic, anti-egalitarian efforts by the ruling class to stop, kill or imprison the people who are trying to build a better world. But by all means, really the most important thing is that you vaccinate little Johnny and Suzy for measles, because it would be a real drag to get measles when you are dealing with the unraveling of the biosphere and the collapse of human civilization.
— Matt Rawlings