Vaxxed, the documentary created by Andrew Wakefield, is still making waves over one year later. This time a town in Australia is upset that a community center has allowed for the documentary to be screened. In fact, one councillor and parent of an autistic child are looking for ways to prevent future screenings (of any sort). Yes, the idea now is to completely eradicate free speech. And sadly, they have support.
According to the Newcastle Herald:
HEALTH authorities and a Lake Macquarie councillor whose son is on the autism spectrum have slammed a decision to screen a film linking vaccines with autism at a Charlestown community centre.
On Friday night The Place, a not-for-profit centre set up between Lake Macquarie council and property group GPT, hosted a screening of Vaxxed, a documentary that is being toured by the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN).
The AVN told Hunter ticket-holders of the venue by text and email two hours before the screening.
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Lake Macquarie Liberal councillor Kevin Baker, a director of The Place, said he was shocked centre management had agreed to screen the film, whose central premise is that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine may be leading to an epidemic of autism diagnoses in children.
“It’s something that’s pretty close to me. I’ve got close family with autism including my nephew, and my son sits on the spectrum,” he said.
“When they make these claims about vaccines having links to autism, a lot of the AVN group are quite nasty in the way they portray that.”
Cr Baker has demanded an investigation into “whether there are processes in place” to prevent similar screenings at The Place.
I have such a difficult time imagining how anyone thinks that “book burning” is a good idea in a free society. Have we not looked around the rest of the world and taken notice of those countries that simply don’t have the right to view certain materials? This isn’t a slippery slope, it’s a water slide to complete oppression. the more that the people get behind it, the more of a concern it becomes.
There are no winners once free speech is gone.