Scientology has long demonstrated their particular and peculiar skill for twisting words into weapons. Ignoring information like that found in police reports or other sources of fact and replacing truth with their own interpretation is common modus operandi.
Verbally forcing round pegs into square holes appears to be an OT power bestowed upon many in this defensive, ignorant cult.
Evan Wecksell, candidate for Senate in California, District 25 and Scientologist has taken up the irresponsible, dangerous cause of the anti-vaxx movement.
His recent Twitter post intimates that in defending an ignorant movement determined to place the most vulnerable members of society at catastrophic risk he is upholding the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, chartered by the United Nations.
What is clearly apparent is that either Wecksell is confusing the UN document with Scientology’s version, he’s never read the document in the first place, or his reading comprehension skills did not advance much beyond 3rd grade.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights defines the inalienable Rights every person in the world is entitled to. What Wecksell ignores is the constant theme running through the document; that these rights are defined and upheld under fair and just laws. Where injustice or persecution under corrupt government exists the UN is clear that Man is still entitled to all the freedoms laid out in this declaration.
“Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,”
In the United States our Constitution states that Man has the inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Defying the law and denying children vaccines, medications that have a proven history of providing safety, health and childhood longevity, is tantamount to violating every unvaccinated person and those around them their right to all three.
Advances in medicine and the development of vaccines have enabled the deadly mortality rates of the early Victorian era (and prior) to drop dramatically.
As noted in the PBS documentary Infant Mortality and Life Expectancy, “Prior to 1900, infant mortality rates of two and three hundred obtained throughout the world. The infant mortality rate would fluctuate sharply according to the weather, the harvest, war, and epidemic disease. In severe times, a majority of infants would die within one year. In good times, perhaps two hundred per thousand would die. So great was the pre-modern loss of children’s lives that anthropologists claim to have found groups that do not name children until they have survived a year.”
If Wecksell, Scientology and the anti-vaxxers have their way we will eliminate vaccinations and return to these devastating statistics.
The UDHR preamble continues, stating “Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,”
Ironically, Scientology’s front group The CCHR declaims to the world that mental illness truly does not exist because there are currently no physical medical diagnostic tools such as blood tests or x-rays to identify them. Conversely, modern medicine has tests and processes in place to diagnose Measles, Mumps, Polio, Rubella and other dangerous, life threatening diseases that afflict newborns and children. Yet here, too Scientology attacks, attempting to lead the Planet, whom they claim to wish to save, into medical chaos, lives of pain and suffering, even death.
In spite of the better standards of life vaccines have brought to society, Wecksell’s platform is to work against the opportunity for children to survive, better standards of life for all and instead place everyone at risk.
Does anyone have the right or freedom to fly in the face of the law and proven medical science and endanger the lives of others?
Of course not.
According to the CDC for example, as of 2018 26 States have laws criminalizing HIV exposure with criminal statutes, such as reckless endangerment and attempted murder applying to the perpetrator.
It is neither criminally nor morally OK to expose others to potentially fatal diseases.
Knowing the high potential risks for children to contract the various illnesses addressed by the routine vaccination schedule yet refusing to protect them could be considered in this same vein.
Article 3 of the Universal Declaration succinctly states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.”
Selfishly exposing those around you to potentially debilitating or deadly diseases that can easily be prevented violates both the right to life as well as the right to security of person.
Proponents of the anti-vaxx movement insist they should have the right to place their children at risk of death. By association it is apparent that they also feel they have the right to expose other, immunocompromised persons to these same deadly risks.
Just as Scientology demands it’s civil and religious rights yet denies the same to those around them, so too the uneducated, ignorant people who have bestowed upon themselves Internet Degrees in Science and Medicine.
Evan Wecksell cites the UN to bolster his claim of fighting for human rights yet in no way does this solemn missive support his assertions. In fact Article 25, 1-2 is clear in stating the opposite.
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.”
Surely this standard of care and special care and assistance includes the right to be free from avoidable, potentially fatal disease?
Finally in Article 29 the Declaration is firm, “In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.”
In typical Scientological fashion, Wecksell latches onto something he clearly chooses to interpret according to his own needs, ignoring completely the truth as well as the spirit of the document he bastardizes.
The laws in this country concerning the inoculation of infants and children are in place to protect the lives and welfare of all the people in our society. While there are exemptions available if certain conditions are met, the overall demand is that children receive their vaccinations in order to protect not only themselves but all those around them.
Wecksell looks to the UN in a deceptive attempt to justify his support of unsafe, unlawful conduct that endangers millions.
As so often said in these blog posts, one must never take the words of Scientology or it’s representatives at face value. There will always be a caveat.
Always, always consider the source.