Kennedy was in Sacramento not long ago to contradict legislation restricting the capacity of parents to opt out of immunization programs for their youngsters, and amid public appearances likened the huge number of kids experiencing autism, which he claims is connected to not safe vaccines, to a holocaust.
“I want to apologize to all whom I offended by my use of the word holocaust to describe the autism epidemic,” said in public by Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. “I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism which has now destroyed the lives of over 20 million children and shattered their families.”
“I am acutely aware of the profound power attached to that word and I will find other terms to describe the autism crisis in the future,” Kennedy also said.
Medical specialists and experimental studies debate that immunizations are causing autism, yet the state legislation has started an emotional civil argument on the issue.
Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) has been bombarded with individual assaults for pushing the bill. One Internet posting photo shopped Pan’s face with a Hitler mustache and put it onto the collection of somebody wearing a Nazi uniform with the inscription: “Act like a Nazi, Get depicted as a Nazi.”
A Facebook post by another opponent of the bill asks: “Can we hang Pan with a noose instead?”
The postings “are clearly meant to intimidate and silence proponents of SB 277,” said in a statement by Shannan Martinez, a spokeswoman for Pan.