Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement

Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement
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Does he mean that anyone who questions the safety and effectiveness of vaccines or refuses a vaccine should be penalized in some way?

Occasionally, I come across an article that really riles me. Okay fine, when it comes to vaccine science and vaccination policy, I’ll admit this happens almost every day. Still, there was an opinion published recently in Scientific American that I found particularly annoying. It’s titled “Will an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health?” and was written by pediatrician Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD,1 director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development2 in Houston and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.3

The piece starts out with an image of an old 1902 invitation for membership by the Anti-Vaccination Society of America. The invitation reads:

The Anti-Vaccination Society of America. Otherwise: An Association of “half-mad”, “misguided” people who write, and toil, and dream, of a time to come, when it shall be lawful to retain intact the pure body Mother Nature gave, sends GREETING to a “suspect”. “Liberty cannot be given, it must be taken.” You are Invited to Join Us.1 4

One of the aims of the opinion piece is to tout the gains made vaccination programs throughout history, while cautioning that these “gains can be fragile.”1

The primary aim of the article, however, is clearly to warn about the dangers posed to those gains by people who do not get every government endorsed vaccine or decline to one or more of them to their children. Dr. Hotez cites a report by Daniel Salmon at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Vaccine Safety and Saad Omer at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health claiming that most of the measles cases in the United States in 2015 can be blamed on “intentionally unvaccinated” people.1

The purpose of this exercise in fear-mongering by Dr. Hotez appears to be to create a convenient scapegoat for any infectious disease outbreak that occurs and, thereby, add weight to calls for forced vaccination campaigns in the U.S. Dr. Hotez seems to harbor particular concern about citizen efforts in Texas to protect vaccine exemptions and the impact that the movie Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is having throughout the country in raising public awareness about vaccine risks. He describes Vaxxed as a “a faux documentary alleging a vast conspiracy and cover-up at the CDC.”1

Dr. Hotez also mentions the Revolution for Truth march in Washington, D.C. on Mar. 31 sponsored by what he labels as “anti-vaccine groups” in Washington, DC on Mar. 31 and and he ridicules the idea of a vaccine safety commission reportedly being considered by the new administration.

These are all things that are of great concern to Dr. Hotez, who wrote:

I’m worried that America’s anti-vaccine movement has sufficient strength and momentum to affect vaccine coverage globally. Whether it’s Hollywood movies, rap music, or soft drinks, the world is quick to embrace American culture. The “Vaxxed” tour has already begun with showings so far in the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere, but I’m especially concerned about the large middle- and low-middle income nations such as Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Russia. A small drop in measles vaccine coverage in those nations would lead to measles outbreaks and deaths on a scale that we haven’t seen since the years prior to EPI (Expanded Program on Immunization).1

Dr. Hotez added:

Things might only get worse pending the imminent expansion and export of an American-led antivaccine movement. We need to recognize that the current activities in Texas and Washington DC could ignite reversals of global disease elimination and eradication efforts that are now more than 50 years in the making.1

Dr. Hotez is also a vaccine developer and president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Product Development Partnership (PDP),5 and he is so worried about the growth in size and influence of the grassroots movement of well-educated people, who are questioning mainstream vaccine science and demanding that their informed consent rights and basic civil liberties be respected that he is actually calling for this movement to be snuffed out.

Dr. Hotez closed his opinion by saying:

An American antivaccine movement is building and we need to take steps now to snuff it out.1

But what exactly does he mean by this. Does he mean that anyone who questions the safety and effectiveness of vaccines or refuses a vaccine should be penalized in some way? Is he suggesting prison time? Certainly, he is not suggesting some sort of government sponsored capital punishment?

For the record, let it be known that Dr. Hotez does have conflicts of interest in making such a call. The Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development receives a lot of money from government and industry to develop and produce vaccines and so does the Sabin Vaccine Institute.6 7 8 9 10 And while he has written, “I will never see a penny from our vaccines,” there is a lot of money flowing into and out of the institutions in which he has prominent positions and exerts substantial influence regarding vaccine development and promotion.6 Dr. Hotez has been described as an “advocate” and “spokesperson” for the vaccine industry.9 

Dr. Hotez, you’ve left me wondering about how far you’re willing to go. Please elaborate on what you have in mind when you refer to snuffing out a movement. You do realize that you’re talking about people—in many cases, parents who, just like you,1 have a daughter or son with autism? In some cases, more than one daughter or son with autism. The idea that you would seek to deny their right to dissent and speak out and tell their personal stories is so repulsive that I can… barely speak.


1 Hotez PJ. Will an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health? Scientific American Mar. 3, 2017.
2 Hotez PJ. How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning. The New York Times Feb. 8, 2017.
3 Peter Jay Hotez, MD, PhD. Baylor College of Medicine.
4 Youngdahl K. The Anti-Vaccination Society of America: Correspondence. The History of Vaccines Mar. 8, 2012.
5 Sabin Vaccine Institute. Leadership. Sabin.org.
6 Handley JB. My (real) apology to Dr. Hotez, and demand for the same. Medium.com/@jbhandley Feb. 11, 2017.
7 Pathak D. Grant to develop chikungunya virus vaccine awarded. Baylor College of Medicine Aug. 30, 2016.
8 Deam J. New grant will help develop vaccine to treat deadly Chagas disease. Houston Chronicle July 29, 2015.
9 Gharib M. #NPRWormWeek: The Scientist Who’s Waging A War On Worms. NPR Aug. 8, 2016.
10 Sabin Vaccine Institute. Sabin Vaccine Institute Awarded Funding to Advance Country Ownership of Immunization. Sabin.org (press release) Aug. 25, 2016.

Note: This commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers.  The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.


60 Responses to "Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement"

  1. Ann   March 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    The use of the term “snuffing out” suggests the connotation of organized crime or pedophilia – an interesting selection of words in this case

    • Sandra Lee Smith   March 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Yes, it does; and that isn’t a healthy notion at all, if you ask me.

    • Amara   March 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Bingo, Ann!

    • Jo   March 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Yes, Ann, interesting INDEED!
      If anything needs ‘snuffing’ out, it’s ‘institutions’ like Sabin and NGOs like the Gates Foundation.

  2. Renate   March 22, 2017 at 11:27 am

    It’s appalling that Dr. Hotez, who is obviously motivated by self-serving goals as opposed to the Hippocratic Oath and its critical dictum, “first, do no harm” he swore to uphold, is in any position to influence the vaccine policies of this country. He should be looking at a mirror and then he can clearly see what ‘needs to be snuffed out!’

  3. Eleanor White   March 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Ask Dr. Hotez, why dontcha, why none of the ARV (attack rate vaccinated) numbers are published for any vaccines?

    The ARV is simply a percentage, number of injectees who came down with the disease, divided by the total number of injectees.

    What the medical establishment publishes instead is a convoluted number called “efficacy” which is a slick trick used to HIDE the ARV numbers.

    Eleanor White

  4. Anna   March 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Yes, lets please define our terms.
    How ironic that someone who claims to be interested in saving lives would use such a term.
    It is very telling.
    Verb 1. snuff out – put an end to; kill;

  5. Don Richardson   March 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I would like to reply with saying all Vaccnes are dangerous
    The Pharma industry only goal is profits GWBush signed Bioshieeld into law giving $5Billion a year profits to big Pharma for dangerous worthless Bioweapons vaccines
    How would I Know ? A top Russian Deputy defected in 2004 and testified before Congress that all Russian offensive Bioweapons are engineered to have full immunity to vaccines and drugs
    Thus America has pissed away $50-60 Billion on dangerous stockpiles giving Zero biological Homeland Security GWBush was given the information and committed Treason to benefit big Pharma while America has no defenses against pandemics
    I R&D a highly advanced energy treatreatment technology for all diseases and Dimwit GWBush rejected all advanced technology for drugs
    A pandemic will kill estimated one third of population that is 100 Million people
    America has no Real defense against pandemics for the government is controlled by special interest we are headed for a disaster that will end society Maybe the people will wake up at the end times
    Don Richardson Founder Ginger Technology

  6. Liz Schmidt   March 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    WOW…how can a parent of an autistic child write this crap.

  7. Peter Carminati   March 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Measles ?? You don’t need to be vaccinated. The original infection will last only a short time. Once it’s over, you are permanently cured.

    A measles vaccination will pump too much stuff into the body and set the patient up for one big unwelcome effect.

  8. Sue Keller   March 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    If Americans don’t take a vaccine, it’s harder to sell it to the global market, especially third world countries. Follow The Money. “At the meeting, American scientists and public health officials in attendance were told by their international counterparts that they could not ask their citizens to accept a vaccine deemed too dangerous for American children, even in countries where as many as 1 in 250 children died from rotavirus-related illness (Allen 2007, 323).

    Dr. Albert Kapikian, the NIH scientist whose research led to the vaccine, was told by one health minister, “If it was not good enough for U.S. kids, it was not good enough for their infants either” (Roberts 2004, 1891). Dr. Stanley Plotkin, a distinguished American vaccinologist, pointed out, “No country was willing to place public health above possible criticism for using a vaccine rejected by the United States. This was not exactly a profile in courage” (Allen 2007, 324). Despite the efforts of the CDC and ACIP members to emphasize that their judgments for U.S. policy ought not to be applied elsewhere, their decisions effectively ended any possibility of the vaccine being used internationally.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3460207/

  9. Angel P Permaloff   March 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    He is entitled to his “opinion”. Clearly, his position is paid for by the vaccine industry, so it’s disingenuous of him to say that he “won’t see a penny” from “their” vaccines, and that certainly would influence his “opinion”.

    If we the people decide to not buy what they’re selling, his position/pay is in jeopardy.

    As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to question the safety of vaccines, now we’re going to be “snuffed out” for voicing our concerns?? How, exactley?

    Here’s my latest compounded reason for not trusting Big Pharma/Big Ag

  10. Bill   March 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Let’s try so fair play, shall we?:
    “Evil little, money-mad scientists such as Dr. Hotez should be snuffed out like a toxic candle.” How’s that sound? And sure, Hotez can *say* that he will “never see a penny” from vaxxing, because he will instead see $100,000.’s, if not $MILLIONS$ in vaxxer payola. He *works* at a vaxxer facility, fer cryin’ out loud! Sadly, it’s not just a “paranoid conspiracy theory”, about the so-called “global de-population agenda”. Google: “Georgia guidestones”, and see for yourself, just what the Global Ruling Elites/Global Banksters, and their minions such as Dr. Hotez have in mind for the billions of “little people”…. Until and unless Hotez says something meaningful about the many parents of vaxxed-injured children, he deserves no real credibility. This really *IS* a type of civil Civil War.
    My God, *what* have *we* *become*????….

  11. Brian Wright   March 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    The criminal Vaxxers see the end of their days at the hand of an enraged, informed citizenry.

    Time to rein in the Big Pharma mafia. Bring some people’s grand jury indictments for mass premeditated manslaughter. Watch this film and share it as if your life and the life of your children depend on it… because they do. Share widely, petition your grand jury(s).


  12. Sue   March 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Dr. Hotez should work where I worked……. in the public schools as a Speech Language Pathologist…….. trying to figure out how and why the numbers of neurologically impaired students keeps rising expedentially. Could it be vaccines?? WHY wouldn’t we ALL want to find out??

  13. Marie   March 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    “Snuff out” implies violence. I looked up the definition of the term. One definition was “to put an end to, to kill”; another definition was “to make something end quickly, especially by using force” (Macmillan Dictionary).

  14. VO   March 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    But I thought we lived in the country of freedom of choice? What about parental rights? I think Dr. Peter Hotez needs some reminders that vaccines are NOT for everyone. Aren’t there genetic tests that even prove that now? Geez as a scientist Pediatrician he should know that shouldn’t he? Then again maybe he’s not the scientist or expert he says he is…..

  15. Sandra Lee Smith   March 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    So in Dr Hotez’ opinion, we should simply ignore the facts that vaccines have dangerous side effects, contain toxins that cummulate in our bodies, AND that most of the so-called “outbreaks” have been among already vaccinated populations as well, proving their ineffectiveness? And any reasoned dissent should be silenced? That we should simply line up to be poisoned and have children poisoned, like sheep to the slaughter? I guess he never took the Hippocratic Oath, especially that part about “first, do NO harm!” Oh, and just for good measure, what if some of those “terrible” childhood diseases actually serve the purpose of teaching our immune systems how to fight a real, live and healthy germ, so they can marshall and fight against a worse one later in life? I’m pretty sure that never occurred to him either.

  16. Anna   March 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Texas children hospital I’m from Houston in addition to my MPH working in Public health my first career, I am also a retired high school teacher and became a Doula 14 yrs ago… now I see the connection and their urgent policy to administer sepsis treatment if the labor goes over 18 hours and all of the other hospital protocols for vaccinating… they have been increasing the time periods in many hospitals for giving the Hep B shot to infants no matter their condition… NICU… they don’t care… when did we become NAZI concentration camps without walls..

  17. Raymond monteiro   March 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Dear Mr Marco Caceres,
    I do believe Dr Hotez’s use of the phrase “snuffing out” was an unfortunate mischoice of words – “repressing”, is the correct antidote. I wholeheartedly support Dr Hotez’s argument and perhaps my previous guidelines on these issues merits listing:
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all if its powers to “repress” dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
    Utmost Sincerely Yours,
    Joseph Goebbels
    Reich Minister of Propaganda
    …not Ray Monteiro

  18. Gems Gram   March 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Dr Hotez’s ideas are repulsive; the ‘for-profit’, ‘no-liability’ vaccine program that uses human babies, military personnel, etc as human guinea pigs, is repulsive.

    Anyone that is pro-vaccine: Are you lining up to get ALL of the same doses currently recommended for our babies and children, being sure to increase quantities accordingly for your size/weight?

    The light of truth is shining brightly on this issue, and it is much more than a debate about whether or not vaccines are safe. Our Constitutional and HUMAN Rights are worth fighting for!

  19. John Vermeulen   March 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Organized Crime? Seems to me the only people involved in “Organized Crime” are members of the Medical / Pharmaceutical Community who under report adverse Vaccine Reaction, Under Count the costs endured by those afflicted by a Vaccine Reaction, Deny the existence of harmful adjuvants aluminum and Thimerisol, especially failing to considers that vaccination, particularly universal Vaccination carries risk under certainty.

    Worst of all “Criminals” like Dr. Hotez deny the unsafe nature of vaccination while touting its benefits while making false claims of how “Safe” these Vaccinations truly are.

    For those parents who once trusted their Doctors and School Officials encouraging Mandatory Vaccination whose children have been vaccine injured…the Question for them is Where is “The Godfather” or Tony Soprano when one needs to seek justice, given they find none in the Legislature, Courts?

  20. Joanne Sgrignoli   March 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Almost immediately while reading this article, I said to myself, “Where’s his connection to Big Pharma and/or the vaccine industry?” I continued to read with an open mind, but there was no effort to address the problems with vaccines, only his fear that people will stop getting them. Then he talked about snuffing out the anti-vaccine people!

    Snuffing out means “to kill.” Needless to say I have no respect for this doctor’s opinions, and his credibility is zero with me. Closed minds and “my way or the highway” rhetoric have no place in today’s world. There has to be a “Come to Jesus” meeting where information is shared honestly, and ways to improve or resolve identified problems arrived at. Not a one time dialogue, an ongoing one. Big Pharma and Dr. Hotez not invited.

  21. Christine Todd   March 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Dr Hotez,
    Why are you not investigating why so many young children are getting neurological and immune system dysfunctions that effectively destroy their future, or even their lives after receiving vaccines. Why not work on developing safer vaccines and effective vaccines. When mumps, measles and whooping cough, influenza vaccines effectiveness are dropping considerably in those who take them, but are still produced with same materials and strains of bacteria/virus as when first developed, what is your research center doing about it?
    The CDC has pulled stats about the damage from their website. What does all this say about protecting the public? It says you and the Pharma cartels get way too much money from vaccines!

  22. Colorado   March 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Prepare to be ‘snuffed’.

  23. Amy   March 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Articles like this give me MORE motivation to ‘snuff out’ these so called doctors who will use our children as guinea pigs for their elite eugenic practices.

  24. Christine Todd   March 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Organized Crime describes the Vaccine Big Pharma Cartel perfectly. They are now in charge of our governmental regulatory bodies by having board or committee members on the FDC, CDC, etc Those bodies should now be called the Federal Drug Cartel (FDC), etc. And it’s obvious that those govt bodies are trying to “snuff out” any public knowledge of their damage to the public citizens and make decisions that only favor the drug mfrs and their profits.

  25. Belinda   March 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    A very articulate and thoughtful article.
    Having lived long enough to see numerous retractions and reversals of prior endorsements from the global medical and pharmaceutical communities, why should any parent feel bullied about educating themselves? Whether it’s a modified schedule of vaccinations or other decisions, every parent has the responsibility to protect the welfare of their child. How unfortunate when this cannot be done in conjunction with their Dr.

  26. Amara   March 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime by Dr. Peter Gotzche
    https://www.youtube dot com/watch?v=VIIQVll7DYY
    “… I investigated the 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and found out that their business model fulfills the criteria for organized crime according to US law….”

    It is my dearest hope that Dr. Gotzche, who is a founder and the director of the Cochrane Collaboration, will be central to Trump’s Vaccine Safety Panel, led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as it is formed.

    The convicted serial felon international pHARMaceutical drug cartel and all profiteers thereof are guilty of crimes against Humanity. I hope I live to see the day when enough people wake up and the Rockefeller-inspired allopathic medical-related industrial complex is outright exposed and summarily defunded; starve the beast. What minority of it that is truly useful to the good of Humanity’s optimal health will survive in spite of the disintegration of organized health-crime.

  27. Darryl Miglio   March 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    snuff out by doing the necessary scientific studies that prove vaccines to be safe an effective. Thereby, no need for an anti-vaccine movement.

  28. wanda   March 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Sounds to me like he should be “snuffed out”.

  29. Jessica Isles   March 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Yes, ‘snuffing out’ is a terrifying choice of words. To ‘snuff out’ a movement means snuffing out people or freedom of speech or an assortment of rights – none of those things are legal in the US. We are right to ask what he actually has in mind.

  30. Abrams   March 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Some physicians are no more than apotheosized criminals in white lab coats.

  31. Anita   March 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    “Snuffing out”. HMMM that means to kill. Does he mean the movement or the people bringing the movement? Or perhaps both?

    Such a loaded word, with such a tainted meaning. At best it seems it can be inferred that he means to kill the movement at any cost, any way possible, even violent and catastrophic means.

    Not good. Not good at all.

    Well I offered up one child to the God of Medical Science, I will not be doing it again. Not at any cost, any way or any means.

  32. Vaccine Information   March 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    He is mad at vaccine safety advocates because they reported his background, lack of mastery of the subject of vaccine safety, and COI’s. https://medium.com/@jbhandley/dr-peter-hotez-asked-me-for-an-apology-and-a-retraction-about-his-vaccine-profits-cab1e05106c5#.bwaqt4fqa

  33. nick   March 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    It is people like this lunatic, and Paul Offit, and Richard Pan, that need to be “snuffed out”. They are psychopaths endangering hundreds of thousands of innocent people, for corporate profits. They are nothing but low life whores for the criminal pharmaceutical industry

  34. sally   March 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    follow the money..never see a penny…with all the thumbs you have in so many pies…really….follow the broken lives of mercury ravished children….follow the money….follow the money…follow the money…..

  35. Tess   March 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    The more the Truth comes out, the more force evil uses to ‘snuff it out’. Truth cannot be denied indefinitely, and there is no amount of propaganda, lies, manipulation, or force that can hold it back forever.

  36. Marcela   March 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Over my dead body will you finish off my boys that are already vaccine-damaged, vaccine Nazi.

  37. Jeffrey Fuller   March 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    It’s good to know that people like Dr. Hotez are so worried. It means those of us that believe in medical freedom and informed consent are making progress. Keep up the good work people!

  38. Ted Kuntz   March 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    And this is someone we are supposed to trust with our health. Thank God people are waking up and can see this medical tyranny for what it is. If vaccines did what they claim, everyone would be glad to partake. The problem is they don’t. They aren’t safe or effective.

  39. Karen   March 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I agree! Snuffing out? The choice of words it’s quite telling! Dr Hotez you do not scare me, your arguments are shallow and baseless. The truth will come out and the “emperor” will have no clothes!

  40. Lisa   March 23, 2017 at 6:51 am

    His response is like that of a wild animal that is trying to be caged up. Attack, kill to save myself……

  41. chris   March 23, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Yes, has those connotations – snuff films, etc.

  42. Linda   March 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Perhaps Dr. Hotez is the person I should sue for the death of my mother from leukemia after we took the Sabin oral polio vaccine that was contaminated with smv40. She was “snuffed out” by his colleagues.

    • marie   April 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Agreed. I should be able to sue for my damaged heart valve after becoming ill with encephalitis less than a few days after getting the oral polio vaccine in 1959. I was out sick for a over a month, and was ill constantly with lung problems and fatigue all through my life. I had a stroke in 2004 from a blood clot that traveled from my heart. My Mother never got any more vaccines for me or my siblings after that happened. I will never submit to vaccination. I made sure my medical directive included no vaccinations for any reason. I’ve known other people that had family in hospital who were given vaccines even though in hospice! I’m sorry for your loss. So sad and wrong.

      • marie   April 4, 2017 at 11:02 am

        I meant out sick from school. darn my fingers.

  43. KB   March 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Hotez is so arrogant and entitled in his statement that he clearly does not recognize that any “snuffing” (i.e. blowing to extinguish) will only fan the fires of resistance into an outright blazing inferno.

  44. Thomas McLeod   March 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    No, Dr. Hotez is not suggesting prison time or capital punishment for anti-vaxxers. When he says “snuff it out” he is alluding to the kind of threats, bullying and intimidation that we have come to expect from the medical zealots who control the vaccine narrative in the USA, but we must look deeper than even that at how his speech fits into what we know about hate speech.

    We know from our long history of racism and other forms of discrimination in this country that words, especially coming from the mouths of those in power, have deep reverberations throughout society. They do more than just set the tone of debate. They normalize ugly, discriminatory behaviors in everyday interactions. Such normalization can led to legalized discrimination, such as forcing African Americas to sit at the back of the bus, and to drink from separate water fountains. Another infamous example lies in the tragic history of eugenics in this country, including the thousands of traumatic forced sterilizations that resulted. The intimidating overreach of those in power can be seen equally in the case of using fear of the unvaccinated to promulgate discrimination against healthy children not vaccinated against a non-communicable disease, such as Hepatitis-B, whom they wish to exclude from public and private schools. While there is never scientific basis for discrimination of any kind, those who favor this type of discrimination must admit hypocrisy, as the exceedingly rare children who actually carry the disease face no such exclusions.

    It is not an accident that Dr. Hotez chose the slang term for murder — snuff out — as a political dog whistle. Taken to its logical extreme, use of this expression, which is associated with gangsters and the underworld, coming from a source that is a public health official, and aimed at a minority group, supports those who fancy themselves vigilantes. Some would like nothing more than to perpetrate violence against a currently disfavored group. In America today, we already have a looming system of medical Jim Crow, where some states strip those who conscientiously object to the horrors of forced vaccination of their rights to an education for themselves and their children. This public humiliation and disenfranchisement does not end at the schoolhouse doors. Prominent medical elites now demand the break up families and in the name of overcoming resistance against ever increasing mandatory vaccine schedules. Fair-minded physicians who oppose such moves find that they themselves are the subject of attacks on their reputations and threats to their license to practice.

    Decent and just people should stand united against the fear mongering and hate messages of Dr. Hotez and his ilk. Scientific American should know that many thousands of citizens find these statements offensive and hateful.

  45. Dani   March 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Sounds about right! Us meager folk who don’t possess the all mighty medical degree shouldn’t think twice about following doctors “orders”! This really is so repulsive. While my children happen to be vaccinated, the more I learn about vaccines the more I regret having them done. And it complicates the decisions I have to make for future children! But what gets me the most angry is the threat against my RIGHTS! I am a highly intelligent, highly educated, critically thinking parent who wishes to retain the right to decline care for my children that I deem inappropriate. The fact that our government wants to snake their way into our lives and override my parental authority makes me ill! I see this doctors article as a direct threat, and he would literally have to “snuff” me out to get me to keep quiet and stop advocating for informed consent. Lastly, the kicker is this: if these “almighty MD’s” would put their purportedly infallible intellects to the task and just PROVE to us, through sound research practices, that these vaccines and their various components were truly safe, we’d be snuffed out! So this doctor has the weapon to snuff between his ears. And all of us who want answers are patiently awaiting the results!

  46. Barb   March 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Positively UN American that we the people are subject to someone’s opinion on what they think is a correct way to health. It is there opinion after all.

  47. Lou Anne McKeefery   March 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    When Europeans went to the Americas, the natives were wiped out from measles and other illnesses which the European immune systems were able to fight off when in good enough health. I fear that we will wipe out that innate immune response we developed after thousands of years by our vaccination requirements.

    It’s not enough to reserve our personal choice, this is a societal issue. A true risk/benefit analysis needs to be conducted.

  48. Claire Friedman   March 25, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I experienced being “snuffed out” at my private pediatrician’s office when I declined any further vaccinations after obtaining a religious exemptions. My children were dropped from their practice. The next step in “snuffing out” is to that your children are taken into Child Protective Services, if you do not vaccinate which is currently happening across the country. The largest “snuffing” is the millions of mothers on state or federal support programs who are required to have all vaccines with their children or they will lose benefits. A religious exemption is their only choice these women have if they choose not to vaccinate. The next step of “snuffing” is passage of Florida Representative Fredericka Wilson’s bill of a federal mandate for vaccinations (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2232). If I really put my mind to it, I could come up with much, much more but I don’t want to give Dr. Hoetz any ideas. 🙂

  49. Joel Chudnow   March 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    When you see the obscene amounts of money????taken in by this government protected industry, and the deceipt, deception and fraud of this pseudo-science research, how could any rational human being not question this & protest!‼ Thank you.

  50. RICHARD L. BRANDON, MD   March 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

    If you had started the article by telling us Dr. Hotez is a vaccine developer, we could have saved our time and not even bothered to read it.

  51. Linda   March 26, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Wow, This sounds like a lunatic working with Hitler in the concentration camps. Why won’t they allow a public debate of the science which is denied? How stupid do they think we all are?
    I have never seen so much corruption expecting everyone to believe them. Dr Hotez and all his cronies should be charged with crimes against humanity.Love your informed info and have also learnt so much from your site and The truth about cancer series. Thankyou

  52. JC Lincoln   March 28, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    The vaccinators want to snuff out more than people who want to take back control of their own health. I understand the Global Agenda is to snuff out about 90% of Earth’s population through several means. Just using any one method would be too obvious, but using several avenues of genocide affords them ‘plausible deniability’.

  53. William   March 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What most proponents of vaccinations never realize is the harm over time caused by the mercury and aluminum used as adjuncts.We do not need an investigation into Alzheimer’s or ADHD,autism,MS ,shaken baby syndrom etc.These are all inflamation of the brain where these chemicals accumulate over time To cure almost all inflamation is to stop vacccinating with chemicals that cross the blood brain barrier and cause so much illness that can never be proved because it takes sometimes decades to impact the immune system

  54. middleway   May 29, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Throughout the hallowed halls of the medical scientismists one can detect the faint but unmistakable odor of Dr. Mengele’s cologne.

  55. Register Voter   November 19, 2022 at 10:08 am

    The quick way of reducing anti ☣️💉 communication, is to remove all ☣️💉 mandates.

    Once all mandate are removed the anti ☣️💉, will return to normal live.
    No more mass protests.

    Give the people the liberty they demand.
    It worked in 🗾 Japan.


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