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Robert Kennedy’s Monty Python “Suicide Squad”

monty python's life of brian

By Jake Crosby

Perhaps the movie scene most analogous to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. striking the chapters on autism from his book on the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal comes from Monty Python’s Life of Brian – a parody of early Christianity. During the title character’s crucifixion by the Romans, the “Judean People’s Front” show up and appear to come to his rescue.

Unfortunately, the Judean People’s Front’s “Suicide Squad” has other plans.

Fighting the Romans by committing suicide is akin to what Kennedy did by removing the chapters on autism from a book intended to fight thimerosal’s use in vaccines. All the more ironic is that Kennedy held off on publishing his book for a year in the hopes of persuading HHS to completely remove thimerosal from vaccines during that time. Instead, thimerosal remains in vaccines, and the autism chapters have been taken out of his own book. He has now broken the promise he made last year at AutismOne to publish his book by leading his own “Suicide Squad” – a parody of his former advocacy against thimerosal.

To quote Brian – “You silly sods!”

At least the unedited manuscript of Kennedy’s book can still be found at the end of this post.

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.