Tenpenny’s anti-vax Australia trip scuttled

In an update to this story earlier this month about an anti-vaccination informational tour, Anti-vaccination ​campaigner Sherri Tenpenny cancels Australian tour The Guardian.

Eight venues had cancelled because of opposition, mainly by parents, to a message that did not support children’s health. However, the Tenpenny party said something much different and highly questionable.

The controversial US anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny has cancelled her Australian tour following weeks of public pressure, blaming “anti-free-speech terrorists”.

On Wednesday night a joint announcement from Tenpenny and the Queensland-based tour organiser, Stephanie Messenger, was published on Facebook outlining their reasons for cancelling.

“We have reached a point where we can no longer guarantee the safety of those attending the seminars,” the statement said.

“The anti-free-speech terrorists have voiced bomb threats and have threatened violence against venue owners and their families.”

One venue owner, from Queensland, reported receiving a bomb threat, but that was later revealed to have come from an anti-vaccination advocate who was disturbed by the thought that Tenpenny’s event might not go ahead.

What a crew! It looks like they sabotaged themselves! Their warped sense of reality is right on target with their similarly warped health message.

Science-based advocates in Australia are very happy this ridiculousness is being exposed.

  7 comments for “Tenpenny’s anti-vax Australia trip scuttled

  1. January 28, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    She went on Coast to Coast AM a few nights ago to complain about the nasty skeptics. She 100% played the victim card, that she’s the victim of anti-anti-vaccination terrorists and people against free speech. She (at the time of that interview) was still hoping that her vacation to Australia could still happen, since allegedly, that’s what this started out as and then she was invited to speak by some anti-vaxers.

  2. January 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    A lot of us worked pretty hard to make this happen, still it’s a bit of a kick in the teeth that a lot of news reports credulously repeated Tenpenny’s claim the threats of violence came from us when in fact they came from a looney “sovereign citizen” anti-vax type. https://twitter.com/DrRachie/status/560568889638023168

  3. Tom
    January 29, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    Ms Tenpenny is very lucky to live in the 21st century when most of us in who are vaccinated can help to protect her from the possible fatal consequences of her strange campaign against vaccination.

  4. Peter Robinson
    January 29, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    While understand efforts to get this awful woman barred from entering Aus, was probably a mistake as as given her ammo to play the victim card. Would perhaps have been far better to arrange protests outside the venues she was due to talk at. Hopefully large and vocal, along with info handed out to people attending and local media to explain why she is such a danger to public health. By trying to get her banned, the anti-free speech, however unfairly hurled about, is an easy P.R. game for her to play. Better in long run to allow free speech and counter it with the evidence and reason.

  5. SmOakley
    January 29, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    I do not believe the anti-vax crowd would be convinced by any stats or reasoned argument. Unfortunately, I feel as if the only thing that will work is the loss of herd immunity. When “our” kids are healthy and “their” kids are getting ill people will be forced to question their decisions.

  6. One Eyed Jack
    January 29, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    The “anti-free speech” card is one that is frequently played by people with untenable positions. They cannot win on the facts, so when they encounter resistance in the public forum, they fall back on the victim card.

    Tenpenny can cry victim all she wants, but it doesn’t change the facts. She is free to speak all she likes. However, she can’t force others to listen and she can’t stop them from speaking out against her lies.

  7. Adam
    January 29, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Help, help I’m being oppressed! By the facts, and those meanies who don’t like their children suffering preventable, contagious, debilitating, distressing, and potentially fatal diseases.

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