Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) said Monday that while he is a "big fan" of vaccinations, he does not support the idea that the government should force individuals to be vaccinated. His statements, along with those of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying parents should have a say in the matter, have infuriated some who believe vaccines should be mandatory.
Glenn Beck on Tuesday came to Dr. Paul's defense, saying that while he too supports vaccines, he does not support government-mandated injections.
"Everybody has a choice. But you can't take away people's choice to augment or change their body," Beck said. "I mean, 'US out of my uterus.' How about the 'US out of my arm'? You don't have a right to inject me with things."
Beck reminded those attempting to turn the matter into a political issue that President Barack Obama had largely the same stance in 2008.
"The left is now trying to claim the high ground on this whole thing," Beck's co-host Stu Burguiere added. "But the biggest, most visible anti-vaccination people over this entire period have been on the left. RFK Jr. is the biggest anti-vaccine guy out there. Jenny McCarthy is no conservative."
Beck asked why the left is seemingly attempting to isolate and destroy political opponents on an issue we can all agree on, saying nobody wants a measles outbreak and everyone can agree that you can refuse to vaccinate your children, but businesses and schools can then refuse to accept them.
"We don't have a right to bash each other and say, 'You're a moron and I'll strap you down to this table' or 'I'll take your children from you,'" Beck said. "You don't have a right to do that."
Beck said Americans need to realize how many people have been "destroyed" or "totally discredited" for having an opinion slightly different than what is dominant at the moment in Washington.
"Where is anybody saying, 'My gosh, we're living in the days of Galileo! The church has become the state. And if you don't practice their religion exactly the way they tell you to practice it, you're done,'" Beck asked. "How many people have lost their jobs? Have lost their credibility? ... We have got to unite. We've got to stand together."
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