Although I've heard the phrase bandied about now and again, it is Orac's recent use that is probably going to leave a lasting impression with me.
This is a battle that's about more than animal rights. It's about science and reason, as opposed to unreason. It's about fighting back against the incipient Age of Endarkenment.
Is this a bit overblown?
You may have noticed some recent commentary on an older post of mine. It appears to have been stimulated by this link on a discussion forum for antiVacc parents. Of course, the idiot antiVacc parents are up in arms about my tone, i.e., calling them idiots. Of course they are idiots as becomes rapidly evident (and not just because they don't seem to understand the concept of a blog)- they immediately appeal to the simplest and most easily dismissed rationale. Why are you concerned if you vaccinate your kids anyway? Gee, I dunno, because kids under 12 mo don't get the vaccine? Some kids can't be vaccinated because of rare immunological conditions?
Of course, Orac has a much better overview of the burning stupidity in just about every post he writes on the topic, start here if you really care.
The question for today is posed in the title. I have to say I am starting to agree with Orac that this is something that we need to consider more. How can we help to steer away from this anti-science nonsense? I mean, these are well-off and highly educated people who promulgate the vaccine fear. Even though they are misguided, I think we can conclude that at least they GiveACrap (which is a good thing). Similarly the non-violent animal rights advocates care strongly...and are seriously misguided on the facts. Of course, we can't force these horses to drink...but we can lead them to water. Over, and over, and over again if necessary.
Keep it real, Orac.