Doug writes over at Huff a twisting of Orac's law: "Orac's statements are correct that starting an arguement with certain organizations or websites will automatically turn off some critics of vaccines."
Firstly, you get to call folks who offer evidence that vaccines are not responsible for autism pro-autism, but use the relatively neutral term of vaccine critic to represent those who range from wanting vaccines to be a safe as possible (like Craig) to people who have said the sorts of things that Hydra8, Mofmarrs333, Flavor, Abitcrunchy, and you have? I don't think so. I think there are not two groups or sides at all in the matter.
And I don't know that that I'd even call folks like Craig, OAB, DRPike and the like vaccine critics, but advocates of increased vaccine safety who do not necessarily believe vaccinations caused the autism. You occassionally appear to be in this camp.
Another camp are those who are certain that vaccines are responsible for the autism, but still want vaccinations, increased studies, but are factual in their presentation of information (except for the certainty concerning autism) -- they dont say vaccines contain things they don't. We can call them proponents of the vaccine autism theory.
And then, I would submit to you, is a larger group of people who rightly deserve the anti-vaccination proponents. They do not look at reputable sites (or when they do say these people are paid to lie), they provide inaccurate and often inflammatory information concerning vaccine ingredients. They want vaccines to stop. They blame vaccines for many of today's diseases and problems. They promote information from whale.to, vaclib.org, mercola, naturalnews and other sites than invoke Orac's Law.
"I hereby declare Orac's Law:
In any discussion involving science or medicine--and especially vaccines--citing any material published by Generation Rescue or Age of Autism as a credible source loses you the argument immediately ...and gets you laughed right out of the room. " So says Orac.
So say we all.
Not Orac's law, but a reversal, we can call it Doug and Marsha's law:
Anytime scientific evidence from a reputable and bonafide source is provided, people who range from proponents of the vaccine autism theory to outright anti-vaccination people will immediately cover their ears and go la-la-la-la and close their eyes and run to their conspiracy theory sites to find more comforting scary information that says everyone in the world is out to get them.