Mat Staver, a religious, anti-LGBTQ extremist
is also an anti-vax crackpot.
A news release from Liberty Counsel is intentionally misleading.
Hate Group Leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel has paused his rabid anti-LGBTQ open bigotry. Mad Mat’s current hobby is advocating for more people to get sick and die. Staver has become an anti-vax extremist. Staver’s personality disorder also includes religious extremism to the point of irrationality.
Staver sent out an email to supporters with the subject line reading: “FDA Approval of Pfizer Shot Does Not Mean Safe.” Why Staver is discouraging people from getting vaccinated remains a mystery to me. Moreover, motive is irrelevant.
The simple fact is that we will remain in our current situation until we all get vaccinated, mask up and socially distance. Irresponsible people like Mat Staver are friends of the virus.
A news release from Liberty Counsel (most definitely Staver’s handiwork) includes the following:
FDA approval does not mean the Pfizer shots are safe, as evident by the VAERS data that shows 595,620 adverse events, including 13,608 deaths as of August 13, 2021, from the COVID injections.
That is a lie. Staver is deliberately confusing correlation with causation. As the FDA explains (on the VAERS website):
- Vaccine providers are encouraged to report any clinically significant health problem following vaccination to VAERS, whether or not they believe the vaccine was the cause.
- Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.
The number of reports alone cannot be interpreted or used to reach conclusions about the existence, severity, frequency, or rates of problems associated with vaccines.
- VAERS data is limited to vaccine adverse event reports received between 1990 and the most recent date for which data are available.
- VAERS data do not represent all known safety information for a vaccine and should be interpreted in the context of other scientific information.
Mat Staver continues to demonstrate that he is a pathological liar.
The first bullet point is the most important. Events correlate to vaccination. Events do not represent causation by the vaccine as Staver claims.
Undoubtedly there are adverse reactions to the vaccine included in the data such as soreness at the injection site. Those do not constitute a valid objection to getting vaccinated.
Personally, I experienced considerable soreness after the first shot. Nevertheless I had no hesitancy in getting the second dose (from which I did not experience significant soreness). I still mask up and socially distance. Doing so protects me and others. I have KN95 masks which are extremely effective at a fraction of the cost of N95 respirators.
“Staver is probably responsible for some people getting sick and dying.”
In other words, the VAERS data is incomplete. Sure. That could cut both ways. Nevertheless that data was used by the FDA to approve the Pfizer vaccine. Moreover, the FDA monitored adverse events ever since the vaccines received emergency approval.
Furthermore, the acting director of the FDA is Dr. Janet Woodcock, a career (non-political) manager with the agency. She was previously the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Dr. Woodcock has been with the FDA for 35 years; from President Reagan to President Biden. It is reasonable to assume that she is responsible for careful and apolitical decisions by the agency.
The good news is that Mad Mat Staver has diverted his attention away from his unhinged and dishonest anti-LGBTQ hysteria. Nevertheless, Staver is probably responsible for some people getting sick and dying.