…because the author of the book that fueled the rise of the mercury militia in 2005, that indefatigable purveyor of bad science, logical fallacies and bizarre speculations, that useful idiot that antivaccinationists all know and love, is coming to the U.K next month.
Yes, I’m talking about David Kirby. Credulous blogger Ginger of Adventures in Autism has informed me that, thanks to “support” from antivaccinationist groups Generation Rescue and the National Autism Association, Autism Research Institute, Coalition for SAFE MINDS, and Talk About Curing Autism, David Kirby will be traveling to the U.K. to give lectures and do book signings from June 4 to 6:
David Kirby, the New York based investigative journalist and author of the NY Times Bestseller, “Evidence of Harm, Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic – A Medical Controversy,” will visit the United Kingdom on the 4th – 6th of June to discuss recent developments in the vaccine-autism debate in the United States.
Mr. Kirby, a former contributor to The New York Times and a regular writer for the extremely popular online blog, The Huffington Post, will give a free public lecture on Wednesday 4th June, 6:30-10 PM at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London. He will also attend a book signing and speak with members of the UK media, among other activities, while in the country.
David Kirby is available for media interviews before and during his visit…A list of other appearances will be issued next week
I can hardly wait to see the followup press release describing Kirby’s schedule.
I do wonder, though, why Mr. Kirby will not be in the U.S. on June 4, which is when Jenny McCarthy and her merry band of antivaccinationists will be leading a protest rally in Washington, D.C.. Why isn’t Kirby planning on being there for the festivities? Could it be that for some reason he doesn’t want to associate himself with it? After all, the date for Jenny’s little shindig has been set for at least a couple of months now.
Leaving that question aside, my friends in Great Britain, I submit to you that it is imperative that Mr. Kirby should not be allowed to skate through this tour and bring his fallacious message that vaccines cause autism to your fine nation without being asked some hard questions about his support of pseudoscience and antivaccinationists. No doubt he is expecting to address supportive audiences and face softball questions. I’d like to see him be as completely incorrect in that expectation as he routinely is about vaccines, science, medicine, and autism. I’d like to see him face (or at least hear about him facing) knowledgeable, polite, questioners who will not be deterred by his usual obfuscations (and, make no mistake about it, when it comes to laying down a layer of B.S. I have seldom seen his equal). In other words, I’d like to see him be forced to defend his pseudoscientific belief that vaccines cause autism in a way that he can’t weasel out of.
Are you ready for the challenge? Brian Deer and Ben Goldacre, this looks like a job for you, too!