I never imagined Forbes magazine would become so corrupted by Big Pharma money that they turned anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-conscience.
Let me be completely clear about my economic views. I am a fire-breathing capitalist. I believe the free enterprise system has been the greatest wealth-creator in human history and an undeniable force for good.
However, power does not mean principle, and as I ask others to examine their conscience regarding troubling issues, I cannot stay quiet when a publication I once revered has become so corrupt that it threatens human freedom. Powerful forces in society need guardians. The press used to be one of them. It appears Forbes has become nothing more than a reckless pharma cheerleader.
I am speaking of the article from Forbes magazine entitled “Trump Administration to Turn Religious ‘Liberty’ Into Medical Bigotry and Death,” by Erik Sherman, January 18, 2108. I understand that Forbes claims “Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own,” but I don’t know how this once great magazine can abide by such ugliness and inhumanity.
An explanation and apology for this vile article is desperately required.
In the fascist utopia envisioned by Erik Sherman, Muslims and Orthodox Jews would be injected with pork-containing vaccines even though it is against their religious beliefs.
Good Christians who believe life begins at conception would be forced to be injected with vaccines grown in aborted fetal tissue, something they consider to be an abomination.
And even if one is “pro-choice”, how many of you want a vaccine grown in aborted human fetal tissue? Tell me that doesn’t creep you out, at least a little bit.
Vegans, who have come to their beliefs through study and moral consideration, would be force-injected with vaccines grown in animal tissues.
Is Erik Sherman’s authoritarian world the one any of you wish to live in? Let me tell you what hospitality means to me. I would use the word “tolerance” but to me it does not fully describe my appreciation of people who are different than me. I like the word “hospitality” better because it calls to mind the image of a feast in which many different types of people enjoy conversation and fellowship.
If I invited one of my Muslim friends to breakfast, I wouldn’t cook up some bacon. I am not a vegan (although I might someday become one), but if one of my vegan friends came over for dinner I wouldn’t cook up an eight ounce New York steak. That hospitality and “tolerance” as you might call it, is what makes for a peaceful society and fulfilling relationships.
What is it that so draws Erik Sherman’s ire? It is the recent creation by President Trump of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Here are the two statements by officials upon the inauguration of this new program which set off Erik Sherman’s authoritarian rampage.
The first is from the official website for Health and Human Services, announcing the new division.
“The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom. OCR is the law enforcement agency within HHS that enforces federal laws protecting civil rights and conscience in health and human services, and the security and privacy of people’s health information. The creation of this new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights.”
Pretty radical stuff, there, right Erik? Did you ever take an American civics class, Erik? Most people agree it was the First Amendment, because they believed ALL OTHERS RIGHT FLOWED FROM FREE SPEECH, CONSCIENCE, and FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION.
This comment from OCR Director, Roger Severino also seemed to so trigger Erik that only a Gestapo-like crackdown could quell the imminent chaos.
“Laws protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced. No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice. For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection, but change is coming and it begins here and now.”
How much is pharma paying Erik Sherman to write this garbage? His work is so remarkably fact-free that I am willing to work pro bono for pharma if they want to get their money back from this guy. (Just kidding. If I did work for pharma my fee would be $3.8 billion dollars, which is the amount the US Vaccine Court has paid out in claims since it’s creation!)
But seriously. This has to stop. Use your free speech to end this nonsense. Please feel free to complain to Forbes at:
Forbes Media 499 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07310
Phone (800) 295-0893
Or if you want to, simply use the hashtag #ForbesFullFascist and see if we can create a media campaign which would have made our Founding Fathers proud.
The book is co-authored with Judy Mikovits PhD. It is an indictment of the “Fake Science” we find so prevalent in the US.
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