Would Mr. Farrakhan smile like this in the face of a
mother whose child died for lack of a vaccine?
In a recent speech in Memphis, Tennessee, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, denounced what, in his view, is a conspiracy to kill an overpopulated Earth. This is not the first time Mr. Farrakhan has caused controversy, but his talk about the H1N1 influenza vaccine is dangerous. It is dangerous because the epidemiology of H1N1 has shown that it is, indeed, killed people. People at risk for complications from the flu may risk death if they do not get the vaccine. Mr. Farrakhan has great influence over many people, many of whom may be at risk for complications from the flu.
In the video above, where he rails against vaccines, Mr. Farrakhan mentions a book by the name of "Murder by Injection", by Eustace Mullins. Mr. Mullins has been linked to inflammatory anti-Semitic writings and a pamphlet in which he postulates a great Jewish conspiracy to kill people through the use of vaccines. In the pamphlet, Mr. Mullins states:
"Only the warped mind of the Jew could have conceived such a horror as celebrating the Bicentennial Year of the United States by carrying out a national campaign of genocide against its citizens, and by enlisting the President of the United States, Gerald Ford, to personally lead this campaign. Ford’s Folly, as it was later known, cost him re-election to the White House, as the suppressed information about the hundreds of victims slowly leaked out, but the true purpose of the campaign was a test run for a much more comprehensive national plan of "eliminating" "non-productive" citizens, which will be carried out at some later date."
Being anti-Semitic is not a new thing for Mr. Farrakhan and all of those he quotes. The Anti-Defamation League has studied and analyzed his speeches conclusively. But that is not what is at issue here, though it should be in the foreground. What is at issue is that leaders with large followings must be held accountable and brought into the light when they state dangerous ideas like keeping people away from vaccines. One needs to look at the hard evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines or the fact that diseases like smallpox and polio are non-existent, or rare at best, because of vaccines. Perhaps because of the First Amendment, perhaps because the American public likes controversy (just see the number and tone of the comments in this article), leaders like Mr. Farrakhan and others will rant and rave against vaccines. Celebrities will make all sorts of claims about vaccines. And the public will swallow these claims whole, all without picking up a single study and reading its results.
For more info: CDC Vaccine Q&A (Evidence based answers to some tough questions)