By Erin K. Costello
I took a couple days off from social media and all things vaccines this week. Today, as I did my usual catch up on all things anti-vaccine after my brief hiatus, I noticed I missed a couple of bitch-fests from Kate Tietje on both her personal, yet public, Facebook page and from her Facebook group. Now, before you assume this is another MAM post, let me assure this is not. She reminded me of a blog post I intended to publish a couple weeks ago but completely forgot about. There will be a couple of screen shots of Kate’s posts and comments, though the dozens of other screen shots featured are from other people.
This blog post focuses on the rise of coveted warfare from the anti-vaccine echo chambers. Civil war seems to be the growing theme among these most violent, gun loving, second amendment preaching, privileged American terrorists. I can’t help but to wonder, however, how many of those posting the call of war, or commenting their desire for war, are doing so from the safety of their homes, much like Kate does. How many of them have also never attended a protest, have nothing to lose since they don’t have kids in public school, or how many of them rarely leave the comfort of their homes…. just like Kate Tietje?
Most of the screen shots are of posts and comments from 2019. There aren’t that many posts or comments calling for civil war before 2016. But, it’s really been over the past couple of years where we have seen a dramatic increase in these types of posts and comments. I went searching for the following posts and comments by running a group search for the keywords “civil war” and “second amendment.” Most of what I found came up under search results for “civil war." I searched the following groups; Stop Mandatory Vaccination, Modern Alternative Mamas!, HOLISTIC LIVES MATTER (Erin Elizabeth from Health Nut News), Truth Train, VaccineChoices - Fact VS Fiction, Conversations & Research, Vaccine Education Network : Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community, Vaccination Re-education Discussion Forum, and a couple of smaller anti-vaccine groups. Though, almost all comments were found in your larger groups, groups of 50,000 or more members, with most of the comments found in groups with over 100,000 members. I have arranged the screen shots according to the year the post or comments were made. Most of the screen shots require no additional information, but on the few that do I have provided this information in the image description featured with the image itself.
This mindset of all out war is nothing new mind you, though it is a growing trend we are seeing in anti-vaccination groups, and a trend that is also escalating. This mentality is certainly something that should NOT be ignored.
2011 COMMENTS AND POSTS (as well as a couple of memes I can't date)
2014 COMMENTS AND POSTS
2015 COMMENTS AND POSTS
2016 COMMENTS AND POSTS
2017 COMMENTS AND POSTS
2018 COMMENTS AND POSTS
2019 COMMENTS AND POSTS
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