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Mister Wakefield with Wife and Faithful Followers
He's not just a preacher but a hero and savior:
“To our community, Andrew Wakefield is Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ rolled up into one,” says J. B. Handley, co-founder of Generation Rescue, a group that disputes vaccine safety. “He’s a symbol of how all of us feel.” And we are feeling terrified right now, hence the men with guns. We hate to think what all the reasonable parents out there who respect good science and never fell for his magical thinking would do if they got a hold of him.The religious undertones continued. Dominus "sounded impatient but righteous." The righteous shall live by faith.
He said he believes that “they” — public-health officials, pharmaceutical companies — pay bloggers to plant vicious comments about him on the Web. No payment necessary, honestly. “Because it’s always the same,” he says. “Discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield, discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield.” He also “wouldn’t be surprised” if public-health officials were inflating the number of measles mortalities, just as he thinks they inflate the risks of the flu to increase uptake of that vaccine.Not a doctor now, never a real researcher, never a follower of research principles or medical ethics.
“Two children fainted,” he said. “Another threw up over his mother.” For their service, they were rewarded with £5. “People said to me, ‘Andrew, you know you can’t do this to people; children won’t come back,’ ” he recounted. “I said, ‘You’re wrong — listen, we live in a free-market economy; next year, they’ll want £10.’ ”
Bless his heart.
Do you think he's writing his memoirs now? It's clear who should play him in the movie but I'm afraid it's destined to Lifetime or maybe Oprah's network.