Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words are reported to the police.
Poor Meryl Dorey (figurehead of the Australian Vaccination Network). Not only has her little organisation been dragged through the mud by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (which had the audacity to suggest she add a few words to her website) and been investigated by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (who can be quite pedantic about things like keeping accurate financial records); she's also been picked on by people with computers.
In a recent post on the AVN's blog entitled True Colours, Ms Dorey complains about some "abusive and threatening messages" that have been directed at her in cyberspace, and has even allegedly reported some allegedly abusive alleged individuals to the local police.
Well I say enough is enough! And in the interest of false balance, I'm going to take some time to say some nice things about Meryl:
Nice Thing Number One: She's tenacious.
Meryl gets an idea in her head, and sticks to it. She follows through. No matter what evidence presents itself against her hard-fought stance on vaccination, she's gonna ride that bucking bronco until it froths at the mouth and cracks a hoof.
Nice Thing Number Two: She likes a chat.
Meryl is no shrinking violet. She exercises her right to speak her mind, regardless of the opposition. Regardless of anyone's efforts to gag her. Regardless of who might be laughing, offended, hurt, misrepresented, defamed, harrassed etc etc.
Nice Thing Number Three: She thinks positive.
It doesn't seem to matter what obstacles get in Meryl's way: legal, financial, logical or ethical - she retains her jolly, rosy outlook and the belief that she'll come through anything with flying colours.
Nice Thing Number Four: She cares about your children.
Children come first for Meryl. She sincerely cares about the health, wellbeing and self-esteem of every single precious little cherub, subject to some very specific conditions.
That wasn't so hard. Now if you'll excuse me, I must go and have a wash.