This is the season of miracles. On Saturday, an event took place outside the New Jersey governor Phil Murphy's home to help him understand that the "evil anti-vaxxers" fighting to retain the Religious Exemption in the Garden State are.... neighbors. In fact, one is literally his neighbor. That's Louise Habakus of Fearless Parent at the microphone.
The media and government have done what is necessary in war. They have made average citizens fear parents who do not choose every vaccine on the schedule for their children. They have demonized us. Called us a public health danger. Made us seem unAmerican even - how dare we not take care of the herd! We can fight back with facts, with protests and events like this. Where a Governor gets to know the men and women and children who will be affected by s2173.
This week, many of us celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. Even if you do not celebrate either, this week is one where folks are a little kinder to each other. The pace slows down for strangers, family and friends. We enjoy a special meal, Tradition matters. Most of us have a day or two to rest. A little. December 23 has always been my favorite day of the year. Not my birthday. Not Christmas day itself. December 23. It has a special feeling to me as we anticipate the 24th and 25th. Today, on December 23, I hope Phil Murphy enjoys the peace of the season, and that the grouping at his home helped open his heart and mind.