I recently found out that a friend of mine is entangled in the vaccine-autism controversy. We discovered, after a long talk, that we approach the issue from opposite perspectives and different conclusions. While I don’t want to list the details of our conversation, or his circumstances, I do want to explore a dilemma that I encountered while we were debating at the bar.
We noticed that the bar we frequent is hosting a benefit for autism, which prompted our discussion on the topic. After we shared our interest in the benefit to our waitress, she called on the general manager to visit our table. He told us that the money is going to multiple charities representing all sides of the autism community, including Jenny McCarthy’s organization Generation Rescue. He also admitted that he is inviting Jenny to come speak at the rally. The man is very ambitious, going so far as to purchase a half million dollar custom motorcycle from Orange County Choppers to sell at the silent auction.
Here’s my dilemma: at what point does my opposition to the antivaccine tactics of Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue cloud my judgment on whether to participate in this charitable event? Should I ignore the fact that Generation Rescue will be one of many beneficiaries of the money, or should I be so bothered by their inclusion that I speak out against the entire event?
On the same note, but different topic. Have any of you considered putting your children in a private religious school, despite your lack of faith? What if your only other choice was a public school known for gang violence and poor grades? What if the private religious school was far better, but it was also extremely expensive? Would paying for religious education make the decision that much harder?
If you haven’t guessed. I may have to deal with the last question some day. The topic has been on my mind lately, as I’ve been deciding where to send Sasha to pre-school.