These people are looking for anything to back their beliefs and something like this would be EXACTLY what they need. If they're vocal enough, and they usually are, this could persuade those that currently do vaccinate or sit on the fence - the kind of people that are unlikely to even attend these seminars.
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06-01-2015 08:30 #11
06-01-2015 08:36 #12-
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You can't stop someone like that coming in.
To some extent if people are dumb enough to take vaccination advice from an osteopath then that's on them. They will probably make many other dumb decisions and we can't prevent all of them.
Perhaps the health department can send a mole to her first seminar, then if she is spreading misinformation, then kick her out or at least ban future seminars...
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06-01-2015 08:41 #13
06-01-2015 09:16 #14
I think it's a short step between "lets not let this person in because she believes xyz" to "lets not let this person in because (s)he believes in a God that abc"....
Essentially, she holds a belief. She cannot force anyone to believe it. Anti-vaccers are that way because of a choice they have made, a belief they have.
You want to 'deny' people for their beliefs?.... There's a word for that....
06-01-2015 09:19 #15
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06-01-2015 09:30 #16
She is not spreading hate speech so I think adults have capacity to decide whether to go and see her.
However, I do think on all promotional materials it needs to clearly state what her qualifications are i.e instead of saying Dr such and such it needs to clearly state she is an Osteopath.
06-01-2015 09:51 #17
As much as I would love to see this woman barred from entering, I agree with PP that it will just give the conspiracy theorists who would attend more ammunition.
Let her in, make her non-qualifications very well known and hope that this dangerous woman doesn't like Australia and never comes back.
06-01-2015 09:59 #18
So it's not about wanting to deny people for their beliefs. It's wanting to deny a person that could very well mean a substantial risk to our public health.
06-01-2015 10:06 #19
You could say that about a lot of things though i.e. junk food advertising, obesity is causing a serious public health issue.
Adults have to be allowed to make their own choices (within the law), as long as her qualifications (or lack there of) are clearly advertised I can't see how she could be refused to do a speaking tour. The pro vaccination camp just has to get better at advertising and promoting the benefit of vaccination (i.e. we are backed my science lol) to balance out people like this.
06-01-2015 10:25 #20
we have freedom of speech here ... and I fully support that.
Even if what she is saying is complete garbage - I dont think we should deny her access just because we dont like it or agree with her.
There are other ways to debunk what she is saying ... without denying her the rights which our country holds dear.
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