What sorcery is this?
By and large conservatives love the Bible and most of all they love hiding behind it. Truly there’s something in the Good Book that can be used to justify every bias and to support every position, no matter how poorly thought-out.
Such was the case in Texas recently where state legislator Jonathan Stickland called vaccines “sorcery” in an anti-vaccine rant directed at Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and professor at Baylor University who had tweeted in support of vaccines.
Make the case for your sorcery to consumers on your own dime. Like every other business. Quit using the heavy hand of government to make your business profitable through mandates and immunity. It’s disgusting.— Jonathan Stickland (@RepStickland) May 7, 2019
Stickland, whose Twitter bio proclaims him to be a “Christian Conservative Liberty Loving Republican” began his anti-vaxx rant after Hotez tweeted an infographic about rising vaccination exemption rates in Texas, calling the doctor and professor “bought and paid for” by special interests.
You are bought and paid for by the biggest special interest in politics. Do our state a favor and mind your own business. Parental rights mean more to us than your self enriching “science.” #txlege— Jonathan Stickland (@RepStickland) May 7, 2019
After everyone with two brain cells to rub together told him he was a moron Stickland whipped out the real fire and brimstone, hiding behind the skirts of “The Lord God Almighty” and capping it off with a satisfying “Repent!”
Typical leftist trying to take credit for something only The Lord God Almighty is in control of. Repent!— Jonathan Stickland (@RepStickland) May 7, 2019
Twitter was quick to put Stickland in his place, calling into question both his knowledge of the subject matter and his own credentials. (And throwing in some roasts of course.)
I’m embarrassed to live in the same state as you, sir. #VaccinesWork— Jason (@MrRktman) May 8, 2019
You are wrong in all particulars, Congressman. As a civil servant, I would expect that you would listen to experts (Peter surely is a leader here) and be...civil. BTW “self enriching science” is myth for almost all of us, but has like saved your ungrateful life more than once.— TMG Biosciences (@TMGBiosciences) May 7, 2019
@PeterHotez has advised your state government, national government and the WHO on the health of children, and has done more for the advocacy of diseases of the world's poorest people than almost anybody else alive. What paediatric or scientific training do you have?— Ben Liffner (@LiffnerBen) May 7, 2019
Jonathan, I encourage you to never get vaccinated, or even seek medical attention, for anything— The Discourse Lover (@Trillburne) May 9, 2019
To a primitive mind, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."— Lisa Rowe (@txvoodoo) May 8, 2019
Arthur C Clarke.
You're exceedingly primitive.
You think science is magic?!? Please resign— Sabrina Campbell 🏳️🌈 (@SabrinaFontina) May 8, 2019
Vaccinate. It's not sorcery, it's life saving.— LeVitaKiss (@LeVitaKiss) May 8, 2019
As some pointed out the Bible that people like Strickland love to thump is full of magical tales of sorcery if that’s what he’s interested in.
Sorcery is believing in your Magic Sky Wizard.— farbiez (@farbiez) May 9, 2019
Right... because a book that includes talking snakes and a man who comes back to life after being dead for three days is totally fact based— me (@forever_trust) May 8, 2019
The Dark Ages are upon us.— P g R (@Pikaya61) May 9, 2019
He must've been reading from the Harry Potter Bible.— Mad World (@MadddWWWorld) May 9, 2019
He would be one of the leaders in Handmaid's Tale.— John Bata (@johnnyatab) May 9, 2019
Republicans are a national public health risk. https://t.co/vOpCiqHMmD— Alexander Vornoff (@DrAVornoff) May 9, 2019
Retweeting to the dark ages to own the libs? https://t.co/ZkfwHmTebF— Sue Stone (@knittingknots) May 9, 2019
This is the real world, where your bible thumping backwoods messaging falls on deaf ears and you look like an ignorant clown. Stop wasting tax dollars on prayer day and figure out how many people will suffer from your negligence.— Sean Maryan (@SeanMaryan) May 7, 2019
Test... minimum requirement test for our "lawmakers".— Blue away (@RealYeshua1) May 9, 2019
Basic knowledge, grasp of reality, able to distinguish expert opinions from fantasies taught by uninformed and churchs? pic.twitter.com/XJsjqtuV4I