So I was reading a great article about crank Facebook groups this week and tremendously enjoying it.
Until I came to the wretched scum that floated to the top of the bowl in the comments.
So far I have been lucky with the quality of comments my blog has received, and even people who have disagreed have been by and large polite, considerate and accurate in their critiques. From looking at the comments on this article (plus the sort of ridiculously pseudoscientific bilge that generally shows up in sceptic blogs) I can foretell that the same may one day hit me.
So this is my policy. You can post any comment you like on this blog and I will not delete it. I won’t silence you, promise. I won’t edit anything you have to say, and you can make as many comments as you like.
But for every single anti-vaccine/anti-evidence based medicine/pseudoscientific comment I receive, I will donate $2 to Oxfam, MSF or the Red Cross for their vaccination programs in humanitarian crisis areas. I will do it in your name. And I am happy to pay as many times as I have to in your name so as many people as possible receive vaccines.
I guess this will mean you need to evaluate the sincerity with which you hold your beliefs: are you so convinced that vaccines are bad that you are willing for children abroad to received vaccines, just because you had to share your dumbass, uninformed opinions about vaccines/chemtrails/paleo/oil pulling etc? Or do you only care about your kid, or rich white middle class kids like your own, and the rest of the world can suffer autism/vaccine injury because you are living the DILLIGAF lifestyle? I guess this will give you a great opportunity to evaluate your personal ethics, hey?
But surely an influx of spam means you might be forced to pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for what is ultimately an act of spite?, you might say.
To that I respond: my spite has no limit. I am a wealthy, child-free professional who has as much discretionary money to do with as I please. I am actually pretty good with paying money to charity: those kids in Syria need a polio vaccine more than I need my weekly cafe breakfast. And what I don’t get to pay this fortnight I can pay next. And next. And next.
I write a post that makes people angry? No problem – one fewer massage, or a quiet night in, or a month of packed lunches. I get linked by an anti-science FB group? No probs: I can go without new shoes or clothing.
Your choice. Because, ultimately, isn’t it all about your right to choose?