FROM Daniel Salmon
NY Judge Deals a Blow to the Anti-Vaccine Movement Last week the anti-vaccination movement received a big legal blow. Federal Judge William Kuntz of Brooklyn ruled against three families who claimed that their religious rights were being violated when schools pulled their unvaccinated children out of class for fear of disease spreading through the school. Vaccinations have kept preventable childhood diseases, including measles and mumps at record lows in the last two decades. By 2000, measles was considered to have been essentially eradicated in the United States. The CDC has recently reported that the United States is experiencing a record number of measles cases this year with outbreaks spreading from New York to California. Daniel Salmon is Deputy director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?