Have You Seen This Virginia Flagger Cap?

Let’s hope this story has a happy ending for all parties involved.

Megan Everett

Megan Everett pictured above: “One of the issues we had was, she [Megan] wanted to home-school my daughter,” said Baumann. “I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy.”

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A Flagger anti-vaccination mother – that is something of a political turn around from a dominant profile of anti-vaccination lobbyists who are often [at least in Australia and the UK] mothers of substantial economic means, educated to a postgraduate level and expressing a Marxist dislike of “Big Pharma” and drug corporations/”capitalist medicine”. A friend of mine is a major civil rights blogger in Australia and globally with multiple middle eastern contacts and she also forwards on a lot of anti-tea party material to Australians (being a member of many US anti Tea Party Groups) and globally. However she is strongly against anti-vaccination and blogs against parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids which causes some arguments among her followers. Lets hope that this story ends well for all concerned but the fall out will I think continue to send the debates around flagging spinning to new surreal levels

I think Jon Stewart did a piece on the same topic, noting that it is usually those that recognize themselves politically as liberal that are anti-vaccine. But yea….

This the same story reported a while back by….Brooks? I think? This has been going on for awhile. I can’t imagine what the father is going through.

It is, but this story came across my news feed today and since it is unresolved I thought it was worth posting.

Around here, and in more than a few other places, the dominant anti-vax populations are homeschooling Christians, among whom a natural/organic movement is building rapidly. It’s not quite Christian Science/Amish levels of technological denialism, but it’s getting there. There are rising brands of organic foods that are explicitly Christian in their marketing.

And anti-government/neo-confederate views are the kind of iconoclasm that often pairs up with other conspiracist and counter-cultural ideas — what David Gorski among others called “Crank Magnetism.”

You’re going to be seeing more of this.

Not relevant to the rather sad story, but is the lady pictured of Habsburg descent?

This is an awful story. For one thing, measles is now showing up all over the world, from here to Australia. A woman with a two-year old cannot possibly assure that said child is getting the right amount of sleep, proper nutrition, and is certainly not on any sort of routine that kids her age need. That will wear down her immune system just from a practical standpoint. It’s emotional abuse at the very least as well. I can see the like-minded folks screaming that it’s the right of this parent to educate her child as she sees fit and to not vaccinate. Then let the small army of fellow-travelers join this fight. Kids will probably be yanked out of school and allowed to get sick with diseases that killed or permanently damaged children just a few generations ago, and yes, I know this is over-simplification. (I had a case of measles as a kid, pre-vaccine days, that went on for 3 weeks and I was in a darkened room and was considered too sick for any hospital except the local hospital in Detroit that was known as a TB institution. My sisters went away for the duration and also had to get some sort of gamma-globulin shots, which I found hysterical, because I didn’t have to get the needle.)

There is a fine line between freedom and ignorance. I know a few home-schoolers. One is very good and is doing it with her younger kids and has none of the usual agenda some others do. Another was a former neighbor and when I saw what was on his laptop for his kids to study, I was floored. Typical creationist stuff and the rest of the info was very religion based as well. His kids were not getting a well-rounded experience.

I’m not a parent. I semi-raised some nephews and a niece for a time, but again, not a parent. I don’t have a realistic grasp of the ins and outs of parenting 24/7, but I did have to deal with child abuse and neglect as part of my former job. This mom is staring at some serious time on a kidnapping charge at the very least.

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