Blog Bullies & Hate Messages

Warning: This post contains language that is inappropriate and not easy to read. However, for the sake of getting my message across, I will include the language as it was originally sent to me.

First let me say that I absolutely know what comes with the territory of writing a blog, especially when I write on a controversial topic such as vaccines. I’ve been receiving hate mail for years. My kids have received death threats. And I know that this blog is passionately hated. Or passionately loved. Unfortunately it is rare to find a middle ground in the vaccine “debate”. Vaccines are a philosophy and the debate is about a belief system. Not science.

What I don’t understand is the HATE that comes from the opposing view.

I read an article today and it really resonated with me. The article was written by someone who wanted to find out “Just who are these ANTI-VAXXERS anyways?” The author of this article shares how she first set out thinking “ANTI-VAXXERS!  Crazy People!  Dangerous therapies!  Autism Haters! Pseudo Science! QUACKS!” And then she got to know “anti-vaxxers”. (Read the entire article, it’s really great).

Part of the article read:

“The hatred in this country that is aimed at the ‘ANTI VAXXERS’  has put me over the edge this week.

So WHO does everyone think these Anti-Vaxxers are, anyways?  Do they really deserve this hatred, this mockery, this ridicule, this BULLYING?  Because that is what is sounds like, it sounds like bullying. And most of them have retreated, afraid to admit that yes, it happened to their child too.  They are afraid of the bullying, and they have no voice. No matter what your stand is on vaccines … and whether you believe them or not … the question is about bullying”.

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Yes, it absolutely is bullying. I wrote a post a few months back called “Dear Blog Bullies, I Don’t See Your Comments”. Whenever my vaccine posts go viral, the hate mail comes flooding in. I really don’t read the comments anymore. I now have a blog comment moderator who throws bullying comments in the trash before I ever seen them.

Last week my post “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” spread around the internet. Even though I wrote it about 4 months ago, blog posts seem to make there rounds. This simple children’s book review sure brought out some HATE.

I typically would never read or share the absolute HATE messages that I receive, but I don’t think people really understand the hate and the bullying that is given to parents like me who have made an educated, informed decision to not vaccinate. When I read the article today where the author sheds light on the fact that it is bullying, I thought I would share just a few of the comments I’ve received within this last week. So into the trash pile of my blog comments I went. Oh the gems of comments that I found.

WARNING: content below is NOT appropriate for children. Well not appropriate for anyone really.

-“You people are a special kind of stupid, aren’t you? Why in the name of all things holy would you want to expose your children to measles? I hope some of you realize this before you have to bury a child”

-“Hitting head against a brick wall. Just where do these nutcases come from? The utterly uneducated, uniformed, unscientific delusional thought patterns behind this nonsense are absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! Your children should be removed from your care”

-“You are a moron who will kill your children”

-“Wow, you’re a fucking idiot”

-“I can’t believe someone like you has children and promoting this abuse”

-“You should have your children taken away”

-“Your promoting child abuse”

-“This has got to be the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard”

-“This has got to be the most ass backwards book I have ever seen”

-“Seems like most of you are completely uneducated”

-“Your stupidity is harming your kids”

-“Holy shit. You are actually insane, aren’t you? Or just incredibly stupid”

-“Please jump off a building, all of you. Help eradicate stupidity one leap at a time”

-“Grow up. It is people like you all that make me embarrassed to be part of the human race”

-“Unfortunately there is no vaccine for stupid. Good luck”

-“Well, woe to you, arrogant, ignorant stupid lady. Your ilk would bring back measles and kill children all in “His Name”.

“A great big fuck you from me to you. You have blood on your hands and I hope you rot in hell”

-“YOU ARE A FUCKING MENACE.

YOU ARE LITERALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF CHILDREN.

YOU FUCKING MONSTER”

-“You are a disgrace to Christianity and America”

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So this my friends is a glimpse into what we refer to as internet trolls and blog bullies. And what educated mothers who have chosen to not vaccinate are met with.

How in the world does a children’s book teaching that measles is not a disease to fear, bring this much hate out in people? And do these commenters really think that their hate is going to change my educated decision?

Or as LA Times recently described us: “Rich, Educated, and Stupid”.

Educated AND Stupid? Now that takes skill. Haha! Maybe LA Times should also add to our description: “Rich, Educated, Stupid, Hated, and Bullied”.

So while the internet trolls & blog bullies waste their time and energy using HATE. I will continue doing what I’ve done for the last 4 years. Seek truth. And speak truth.

Truth always wins.

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P.S I’m not an “Anti-vaxxer” and I honestly don’t even know what that means. It’s a derogatory term that shows the ignorance behind the hate and bullying. I personally am Pro-Truth. Pro-Safety. Pro-Effectiveness. Pro-Immune System. Pro-Education. Pro-Informed Consent. Vaccines offer none of those.

The best is when I hear mothers & fathers with vaccine-injured children being called “Anti-vaxxers”. Um….no. Pretty much the opposite actually. How do you think their child was injured in the first place?

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33 thoughts on “Blog Bullies & Hate Messages

  1. As a mother who has a deceased baby from vaccinations, I find it interesting that some poor souls have even called me a baby killer for writing my book, Melanie’s Marvellous Measles. I have also been told to simply “get over my dead baby” – so what I have come to understand is that the comments made are nothing more than a reflection of the people who make them. Good on you for speaking your truth. This is how this issue will be over, by people speaking their truth and others waking up to it. My books are available on http://www.stephaniemessenger.com – The follow-up book, Sarah Visits A Naturopath educates kids about what they put in the body creates their health – as well as more on vaccines. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Stephanie, I honestly can’t even begin to understand all that you have heard and been through since writing this book. Especially after the pain of losing a child. I didn’t share but a small part of the hate mail I received, and already it was enough to make my point. I do know this: Your book is amazing because it provokes such hate. It is powerful, truthful, honest, educating, and even my young children have read it and GET IT. So I thank-you and admire you for publishing these books. And I do not regret writing the book review and hope that you keep writing. Maybe I’ll review Sarah Visits A Naturopath next. Blessings to you!

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  2. Jessica, I am so so sorry. Those comments just break my heart. How can people be so cruel and hateful. Do they really think that a world full of hate and judgement is better than some unvaccinated children? I would much rather have you for a mom and deal with any kind of sickness, rather than have people who leave those negative, hurtful comments as parents. I have never met a person more educated in how vaccines actually work than you, which includes the doctor I went to earlier this year and spoke with about it. I love your blog, and I have learned so much from you. Don’t give up, and don’t give in. You are not alone.

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  3. It is sad that in this day and age that people find it so easy to judge and bully through the safety of cyber space. We are all individuals with different beliefs and opinions on what is right for our families. God bless you for looking out for your children’s best interest and for not feeding the flames of those who will hate. Many blessings to you and your family.

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  4. Thank you for shedding light on something so painful that many of us loving parents have to deal with. I admire you for bringing awareness to others and a voice to the parents who forgo vaccinations because we have EDUCATED ourselves!!! People fear what they do not understand. And out of fear comes hate.

    Keep up the beautiful writing!

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  5. So so sorry that you receive hate mail like this… when I wrote the blog ‘Just who are these Anti-Vaxxers anyways?’ (and I’m a she!) I was referring to the memes and comments against ‘anti-vaxxers’ from ‘pro-vaccine’ folks that come across my Facebook feed … they are bullying in themselves. But they are nothing compared to the comments that you , and many others no doubt, receive when you take a stand. I cannot imagine what it must be like for some of these families…. so much to bear. I enjoy your blog … such a beautiful family! Thanks for the compliments… Diane

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    1. Diane, thank-you for taking the time to comment. When I read your post today, something in me resonated and it inspired me to share! Thank-you for your initial blog. I’ve edited my post. You are now a she 🙂 Blessings! Jessica

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  6. Thank you for your strength and knowledge. Thank you for educating the rest of us. It is a difficult decision for many parents. We are guilted into vaccines by the medical field we want to trust our children to. Unfortunately, the pharmiceutical companies use what ever it takes to sell their products. We can only pray the truth will prevail before more children are harmed. God bless and protect your family.

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  7. I love your blog and have learned so much from you! Don’t let the enemy affect your thoughts. You are helping others who don’t know what to do or who don’t have any experience with vaccines! I appreciate you and thank you!

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  8. Thank you for speaking out about this issue. It is ridiculous the amount of hate out there because of ignorance. If these bullies actually read the science…well, they would be eating a lot of crow.

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  9. Thank you for your courage to speak the truth. Its shocking how people justify their hate and bullying. You are absolutely correct – vaccinations are a belief system, not a science. Those like myself who have taken the time to educate ourselves on this medical practice know that it is not based on science but rather hope. People hope it works. But that is different than having evidence that it works and is safe. Vaccines weren’t safe for my son.
    Keep up the good work.

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  10. I don’t understand the hate either. In my case, I became a “non-vaxxer”, because my son almost died from a vaccine! It is really insulting when people say we are anti-science, anti-health, anti-loving parents – or whatever – I intended to vaccinate my kids! I learned the hard way – my son is 19 1/2 yrs old – there was no internet & definitely no Google! I’ve also been threatened, had articles anonymously sent to me in the mail with insults written on them & been tagged on pro-vax articles on FB (& I rarely talk about it & don’t have a blog, however I do “like” articles on FB & try to encourage parents with vaccine-injured children). As if any of the things they say or do are going to take away the NICU days & change my mind! Hang in there! Thank for for speaking out! There are a lot of us who know the truth!

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  11. I am getting more disheartened every day. I just saw a NOVA show last night on vaccination. It was a pro-vaccine piece which included the likes of Dr. Paul Offit.
    I could only stomach 20 minutes of it, and that was torture. They showed scary diseases, but did not address the hoards of sick, allergic, developmentally disabled children that didn’t exist when I was a child. I am an older mother who had my first at 36 years old and second at 43 years old. I’m old enough to remember having measles and all my friends having measles. In the 1960’s there was a Brady Bunch episode about how the whole family got measles, and although I have not seen it, I imagine it poked fun at this “dread” disease. I also had chicken pox. When that vaccine was first introduced, my older daughter’s doctor told me to wait on it and try to take my daughter to a chicken pox party so she could be exposed naturally. His reason was that the vaccine was new and he wasn’t sure how the vaccine would provide immunity. The disease our pediatrician told me to have my daughter exposed to, is now one of those dread diseases to vaccinate for. I vaccinated my kids because I bought into the fear even though I was terrified of the vaccines. I stopped because they kept adding more to the schedule and I just didn’t want to play Russian Roulette anymore. I’m worried that as my generation disappears, so will the memories of healthy kids. Sick kids are the new normal. So very sad. I’m sorry for the hate you are exposed to and so sorry people would threaten your family. I admire you so much for taking this public stand. I try in my way to speak my mind, but many won’t listen.

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  12. I can’t believe how insensitive others are when masked on the internet. It’s really speech and hate like that (mostly stemming from those that are fearful of what they choose not to understand), that makes me wonder if we’re really all that “advanced” of a society after all.

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  13. Go Jessica! Continue to be STRONG and Courageous! I admire your bold clear brilliance. Thank you for being a trailblazer and being willing to take the hits. I am sharing your post via Twitter.

    I pray the TRUTH will win. Deception is so rampant and the nature of deception is that you do not know when you are being deceived.

    I pray for strength and wisdom for you and your family.

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  14. I think you are wise to have an assistant toss this junk on a regular basis. They try to use emotion to bully and belittle (and quiet) you. Unfortunately, it really does work in our culture. Many times we don’t feel safe speaking the truth on this and other subjects and so we don’t often do it. I am so very thankful for the availability of truth and those who have pointed me to it on vaccines and other issues that were not the mainstream, most promoted messages.

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  15. Amazes me that the hate comments keep using the words stupid, ignorant and uneducated. I have two undergraduate degrees and a Jurist Doctorate. They have no idea who we are. Going to law school is what taught me to RESEARCH and think for myself. My law school used the socratic method. We were expected to dig, think, learn and then we would get questioned in class. Wish I had been to law school and learned how to think for myself BEFORE the vaccines. Yes, I’m one of those who used to blindly trust and both myself and my daughter are vaccine damaged. Worst decision of my life BY FAR!!!!! It is exactly the opposite of what these haters say….NOW I think, NOW I’m educated, NOW I’m not ignorant and NOW I will never vaccinate again.

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  16. I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve had to endure, but sadly I’m not surprised. The savage vitriol on the ‘science blogs’ toward heartbroken parents of immune and brain damaged children who dare question vaccine safety is disgusting and vile. Here is a wonderful post by my favorite gut expert (she has a PhD in Pharmacology) implicating dysbiotic gut microbiomes with both vaccine ineffectiveness and vaccine injury; i.e., children in Pakistan, the most contaminated and toxic country on earth, who contracted polio had been vaccinated SEVEN times, but due to their sick guts the vaccines were obviously useless. http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/2014/09/immunoprotection-of-bifidobacteria-and.html

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  17. I’m absolutely so thankful that you post what you do…please don’t stop! It’s too easy for people to be ugly and mean when they sit behind a computer. Keep on, I believe in blogs like this, and people like you!

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  18. I suspect that most of the really obnoxious comments come from paid trolls whose job it is to harass and intimidate anyone who challenges the official narrative, and those who might have their eyes opened by being exposed to genuine thinking. They also hope to lead by example, and encourage others to respond in rude and hateful ways rather than keep conversation respectful and civil.

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