German court soundly smacks measles denier

This biologist held some very bizarre idea about measles, ignoring the fact that we know exactly what virus DOES cause measles and can readily identify it and create vaccines that guard against it. He didn’t agree measles exists and insists it CAN’T exist. What does loudmouthed ignorance cost you? Lots. Pay up.

Measles doubter must pay doctor €100,000 – The Local.

Back in 2011, biologist and vaccination sceptic Stefan Lanka posted a notice on the internet saying that if anyone could send him scientific evidence proving the measles virus, he would pay them €100,000.

This is exactly what doctor David Bardens did, emailing the biologist a comprehensive study published in a renowned journal on the measles virus.

However Lanka then refused to pay the sum, which is why the matter ended up in court. On Thursday the regional court in Ravensburg in southern Germany ruled that the sceptic must cough up because all the criteria of his advertisement have been fulfilled.

Unfortunately, they call Lanka a “sceptic” in this piece. He’s no sceptic or skeptic, he’s delusionally anti-science. He denies sound knowledge and is emotionally attached to a very mistaken ideology. Yes, even trained scientists can go off the rails of reason. Something may be very off with Mr. Lanka to hold such an unreasonable idea so tightly. It’s not clear if he denies germ theory, evolution, and gravity as well.

There are some things in the world that are not subject to ridiculous debate. Now, it’s time to shut up. He will appeal the decision. And he will lose.

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Tip: Ake Henrik Johansson

  8 comments for “German court soundly smacks measles denier

  1. drwfishesman
    March 13, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    He should have consulted Chopra before he issued his “challenge”. Chopra would have helped Lanka craft something so incomprehensible, it would have never been proven.

  2. Richard
    March 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    If only we could sue the antivaxxers and “don’t give my child toxins” and vaccines-cause-autism people in the USA …..

  3. Dubious f
    March 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    I’m pretty sure that there are laws that covers the “putting a child’s well being in danger” that could be reinforced and applied. There’s a wave of measles (120 cases) in the Montreal area originating from a Disney park in California. Vaccination has become a Mickey Mouse operation….

  4. BillxT
    March 13, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Well, The Chop Man seems to be adept at not saying anything that could put him at economic risk, so I believe that you’re correct.

  5. Eric
    March 14, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    My guess is many an enterprising law firm are looking at lawsuits against antivaccine people and groups. Just have to find some with deep pockets to go after. Its lawsuits that in the end did the klan and many other hate groups in.

  6. March 14, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    For those interested to know which scientific evidence Bardens sent to Lanka, check out my blog:

  7. MisterNeutron
    March 15, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    That was truly the “genius moment” for Morris Dees. Don’t argue with the white supremacists, or try to get law enforcement to deal with them. Just bankrupt them with civil suits. I donate to the SPLC very year, so they can keep up the good work.

  8. Richard Smith
    March 16, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    So, is Stefan Lanka a German measles denier, or a German measles denier..?

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