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Vaxxed QLD Tour 2017 - Kent Heckenlively

On 12 Oct 2017, the AVN announced via its enews that Kent Heckenlively will be appearing (via Skype) at the Ipswich, Townsville and Cairns AVN Vaxxed events.
The AVN was proud to boast that both Polly Tommey and Heckenlively are currently banned from entering Australia.

Polly Tommey: banned under TERRORISM legislation
We are also very happy to announce that Dr Andrew Wakefield and Polly Tommey, both producers of the VaxXed documentary, have agreed to attend several of the Q & A sessions by Skype. As you may recall, the Australian government BANNED Polly Tommey under terrorism legislation because they supposedly felt she was a risk to maintaining the peace in Australia.

Another banned health activist (he just had to APPLY for a visa to get banned), Kent Heckenlively, will also be attending some of these screenings via Skype. Dates and venues for all overseas special guests will be confirmed shortly but at this point, we believe that Polly and Dr Wakefield will be at Toowoomba, Roma, Emerald, Rockhampton and Mackay and Kent Heckenlively will be at Ipswich, Townsville and Cairns - we will be looking at the other 2 venues shortly and hope to be announcing special guests on our Q & panels ASAP.

Kent Heckenlively came to the attention of Australian authorities when, after Tommey was banned, he trolled authorities/applied for a visa to enter Australia. Following is a letter Heckenlively sent to the Australian Prime Minister, in all its juvenile glory:
August 14, 2017
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House

Re: The "Dangerous Science" Tour of Australia

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull:

I am very excited to visit your country in December of 2017 on my "Dangerous Science" tour in which I will be discussing my two books, PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Retroviruses, and INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism. I will also be discussing my recent efforts to bring about a FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON CHILDHOOD VACCINES in the United States through both a White House and FDA/CDA petition by way of the Administrative Procedures Act.

If you wish to obtain more information about this effort, you can go to [link redacted].

Since you are not an American citizen, you cannot sign either of these petitions. I wouldn't want you to get in trouble, but perhaps it might give you some ideas for similar legislation in Australia.

I understand there is a great deal of confusion over the nomenclature among many in our community, with some wishing to be called "pro-safe vaccine" or "vaccine safety", but after so much study in this field, I think I should simply be referred to as the "World's Number One Anti-Vaxxer". I understand there are others who may feel they deserve this title, and I am happy to share it, but let's simply use it for the sake of convenience.

I think you would find my book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, to be especially revealing, as it based upon documents provided to me by Congressman William Posey, who in turn received these documents from whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson, a vaccine safety scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thompson is currently waiting to be called to testify in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in our Congress. He has been waiting to testify for three years. I hope things move quicker in Australia, especially concerning Thompson's testimony about how the MMR vaccine is devastating our African-American male population. I imagine it is also doing the same to your aboriginal population.

My intention in coming to Australia is to make both PLAGUE and INOCULATED the two best-selling books in Australian history, as well as to create a movement for a similar FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON CHILDHOOD VACCINES.

If you wish to greet me at the airport when I land I would be amenable to such an effort, or if you think our meeting should be at The Lodge, the primary residence of the Prime Minister, I would accept that as well. After all, I will be a guest in your country.

Please don't make much of a fuss over my effort, but if you would like to give me an award in recognition of my efforts to liberate Australia from the grip of the pharmaceutical industry, I would graciously accept The Order of Australia, Officer of the Order.

I am also enclosing two articles for your review, "Australia Bans Autism Mom as an 'ENEMY OF THE STATE' (Bolen Report, August 7, 2017) and "Kent Heckenlively - World's #1 Anti-Vaxxer" (Bolen Report, August 10, 2017) so you will have some greater familiarity with my work.

I look forward to visiting your beautiful country and meeting the brave citizens of Australia.

Your Humble Servant,
Kent Heckenlively, JD
Co-Author of PLAGUE and author of INOCULATED
World's #1 Anti-Vaxxer

P.S. I really LOVE your new automated visa application form. I should have already been approved by the time you get this letter! Throw a shrimp on the barbie for me, mate!

This letter was reproduced in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of the Autism Files in an article titled "Banned in Australia" by Kent Heckenlively. Excerpts follow:

"I usually don't make it a habit to annoy the Prime Minister of another country, but as has been said many times before, "Sometimes, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." I set them up like bowling pins and knocked them down."

"Seriously, the immigration minister of Australia should be on my payroll… I spent $20 and have gotten an amazing amount of publicity, but there's a method to my driving the other side to madness."

"The entire vaccination system is built on an edifice of lies."

"I believe we have entered a time of spiritual reckoning for humanity. We must put away fear of ridicule, attacks, and even our own lives. We need to enter that arena with faith in God and a good sense of humour. Please join me in this effort."

For information, the Editor-in-Chief of Autism Files is Polly Tommey, it's U.S. correspondent is Heckenlively, and Andrew Wakefield is a member of its Editorial Advisory Board. The juvenile antics of Tommey and her Vaxxed colleagues will no doubt continue.

It is worth noting The Age editorial, 3 September 2017:

Australia right to block 'world's number one anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively

Personal liberty is a cornerstone of Australia. Freedom of expression is particularly precious. But there are cases where community safety compels limits on freedom. The federal government has reasonably decided that one such case is the dangerous rubbish spouted by the self-proclaimed "world's No.1 anti-vaxxer", American Kent Heckenlively.

Science has long proved beyond reasonable doubt that vaccinating children against serious diseases, some potentially fatal, saves countless lives. But the community effectiveness of vaccination is undermined by those parents who deny the science and refuse to protect their children from infection. It's not just their children in danger. Unvaccinated children are a risk to others. This is the justification for the "no jab, no play" laws that prevent the parents of unvaccinated children enrolling them in childcare.

Mr Heckenlively insidiously urges parents not to have their children vaccinated. With the backing of the ALP, the Coalition has denied him a visa. He is linked to Andrew Wakefield, a disgraced former doctor whose debunked study alleges a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism and has been central to the anti-vaccination movement.

Mr Wakefield's "research" was based on only 12 children, and has been disproved and retracted. Yet well-meaning parents are being swayed, to the detriment of community safety. It is curious; many anti-vaxxers decry climate change deniers for refusing to accept scientific consensus.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, whose default disposition is to argue for individual freedoms, says correctly that Mr Heckenlively is a danger, and that his right to free speech does not extend to using misinformation to encourage people to put their children and others in peril.

A nation has the legal right and duty to protect citizens from forseeable external threat, but should not be heavy-handed. Refusing a visa to an influencer is appropriately rare. Singer Chris Brown was refused entry on character grounds: he choked and struck his female partner. Social media "pick-up artist" figure Julien Blanc was thrown out of Australia because his advice to men included using physical force and psychological abuse.

Others have been kept out for hate speech, which can incite violence, for denying the Holocaust and for being likely to promote terrorism.

With freedom of expression comes a responsibility not to use words to incite crime, harm or abuse. Mr Heckenlively, by trampling that responsibility, has forfeited his right to proselytise.

Here are some other media reports on Heckenlively's visa rejection:
Dutton bans Kent Heckenlively, world's 'No 1 anti-vaxxer', from visiting Australia , The Guardian, 31 Aug 2017
'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia ,The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 Aug 2017
Anti-vaccination advocate Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia by minister Peter Dutton , ABC News, 31 Aug 2017

One last note: on 20 Oct 2017 the AVN advised Heckenlively has only been confirmed to appear at the Ipswich screening at this stage.

Oh, one other thing. This is how Kent Heckenlively introduced himself at the AVN/Vaxxed Ipswich event.

World's No. 1 Clown

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