The terrorist organization which roughly translates to "The western way is sinful." targets non-muslims and those practicing ideas carried from American and European cultures.
Among the group's targets are volunteers assisting in the eradication of Polio in Northern Nigeria by merciless slaughter.
Anti-vaccine advocates are among the most deadly human beings on the face of the earth.
Antivaxxers will collect articles graphs and study data, often taken out of context or simply generated by antivaxxers themselves and convince parents to forgo vaccinating their children. Here is one such tweet doing exactly that.
The results are heartbreaking.
This NBC News article tells a common story where antivaxx groups use a Post Hoc manipulative trick to make a true story sound like a vaccine danger revelation:
Evee's story, as her mother Catelin Clobes tells it, is of a healthy 6-month-old who died 36 hours after a checkup where she got several vaccinations. Clobes and an army of online activists now say the vaccines caused Evee's death. That belief, and Clobes' willingness to make Evee part of a national media campaign, have turned the grieving mom into a rising star in the anti-vaccination world. Her Facebook posts draw hundreds of thousands of views, and multiple fundraisers set up by anti-vaccination activists on her behalf have raised tens of thousands of dollars. She has become a champion of other anti-vaccination parents around the country.
But there's a problem with the story at the heart of this crusade, and with Clobes' new role as an anti-vaccine heroine. Her local medical examiner has ruled that the evidence — collected in an autopsy and by first responders — shows Evee accidentally suffocated while co-sleeping with her mother.
The everyday people who get swept up in antivaxx culture
Unfortunately with the help of falsified information and data taken widely out of context, an antivaxx movement is steadily growing, ganging up on individuals on social media to squash anyone with a pro vaccine message and persuade parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.
How is this happening?
The very same effect is drawing people into bizarre movements such as the Flat Earth Society. Using the same manipulative techniques, the society claims our planet is flat and that evidence to the contrary is all part of a government conspiracy.
I am personally constantly catching antivaxxers misconstrue information to meet their needs.
What is the result?
As data such as the chart above demonstrate, vaccines are profoundly effective in preventing diseases. There is no doubt a vast improvement from the left to the right side of the graph. But notice the numbers are not consistently zero after 1960. Those little bumps are what antivaxxers focus on.
Using the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, the argument can be made that individuals received the measles vaccine and they got measles anyway!
Make no mistake, public health is under attack.
Not only are these groups encouraging others to not take vaccines, they're going as far as to replace vaccines with harmful medicine, like drinking bleach.