Take A Stand For Your Right To Propaganda-Free Religious Vaccination Exemption
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Take a stand with me to end the Alabama Department of Health's unethical and unlawful mandatory Religious Exemption from Vaccination propaganda video! April Weaver, the Chair of the Alabama House Health Committee gets a direct notification for every single signature on this petition. Help me get her attention!
Currently, to obtain a religious exemption from vaccination at an Alabama Health Department, you must view a mandatory video in order to be granted your exemption. The video's explicitly stated goal is "educating" people as to the risks and benefits of vaccines so that they can "evaluate vaccine safety information with logic and not emotion."
Unfortunately, this video does not accurately fit the description of vaccine education, even as defined in its own explicitly stated objectives. Instead, the narrator of the video (Dr. Karen Landers) consistently offers her opinions, her interpretation of circumstantial evidence, and offers misleading, incomplete, and in some cases blatantly false information in place of scientific fact in her representation of vaccine benefits while remaining almost entirely silent on the risks associated with vaccines.
The video is also littered with fear evoking language in a clear effort to illicit an emotional response from viewers. Though it fails at its stated goal of “educating,” it is quite consistent with an altogether different form of disseminated information- propaganda. Propaganda is defined as, “information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented.”
Individuals that aren't already educated on the risks of vaccines and who trust the Health Department to provide genuine, unbiased vaccine education may be coerced into forsaking their deeply held religious beliefs after being forced to watch this video.
Take a stand with me by signing this petition and demanding that the Department of Health take one of two actions: (1) Restrict this video to fact based information only and adequately address the subject of vaccine risk, or (2) If the Department of Health wishes to continue to censor information on vaccine risk, the video should be accompanied by a disclaimer disclosing both its biased presentation and lack of information regarding vaccine risk, and potential viewers should be given the option of opting out of the video completely. In either scenario, fear evoking, propagandist- style language should be completely removed!!
Thank you for your help! Every signature matters!
The current Alabama Department of Health Religious Exemption from Vaccination video may be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXc_ZEEghp4
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