By Kim Stagliano
How many of our readers are George Takei fans? I sure am! From his Sulu days when I used to watch Star Trek as a kid, to his unbelievably fun and entertaining appearances on The Howard Stern show over the last several years, I just love him. He's a smart man. Learned. Thoughtful. And as a Japanese-American internment camp survivor and a gay man, he is acutely aware of oppression and coercion. Is he aware of the health oppression known as asthma, diabetes, autism, developmental delays, anxiety, and the host of other pediatric epidemics? He's also one of the most social media savvy celebs - especially for his age - close to 80.
And he lives in California, home of SB277, the law that removed vaccine exemption rights from Californians and has robbed children of their right to attend school. The measles outbreak in California was the impetus for SB277. After all, you have to be carefully taught - to hate. Hate disease! Fear disease! Chicken pox and measles were once benign childhood rites of passage in America. No more. Fear sells vaccines. Fear passes laws. Fear allows corporations to control politicians.
WWGS? What Would George Say?
I read his tweet above with interest. My first thought was how do we tell Mr. Takei about SB277 and the push to take away some of our most basic rights vis a vis vaccination? How do we tell Mr. Takei that Candidate Clinton is not prone to allow us to retain our healthcare rights - regardless of what she does within her own family? She knows best?
How do we educate Mr. Takei on the TSOOO-nami of vaccine injured children across the nation?
The use of fear to justify oppression is never the answer. We'd like all of our kids to live long and prosper. Wait, that's Spock. And forcing vaccination is illogical.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.