Originally Posted by brokencycle
Why are liberals exempted from being anti-science? The most liberal states have the highest rates of non-vaccination. It seems to me that being anti-vaccine is anti-science. I'm also going to guess if you were to compare it to states that are most anti-gmo foods, they would be similar.
Frankly, they don't get a free pass, at least on the national level. There's a huge movement fighting against these douches from much of the rest of the liberal wing of society and the entire scientific community.
To the extent that less energy is focused on the anti-vaxxers than the anti-AGW types, I think it's a matter of degrees. The anti-vaxx people are mostly grassroots. While they've done a lot of damage (that map as evidence), they don't have that much pull at the national level. There's not a core of big money and deliberate messaging behind it, just a bunch of dumb scared parents in general. How many in Congress buy in this? Not many, and some of them are Republican.
Anti-AGW, on the other hand, is being fueled by a deliberate high-level campaign and has nearly universal acceptance among Republican leadership. It's difficult to even be a Republican and openly consider AGW. Many in the scientific community feel this movement is a serious attack on the foundation of public attitude towards science in this country, and that's dangerous.
Also, there's a right-wing anti-vaxx movement as well. Mostly religious and distrust of all things recommended by government types. That diffuses the issue from being purely liberal.