BOZEMAN, MT - Local mother Carrie Darling has been living with her 11-year-old son Ashton's Calvinism for years now, and ever since his diagnosis she has never veered from her firm belief that his adoption of the theological framework was directly caused by the vaccines he received as a small child.
"He wasn't like this until he got those vaccines - after that, things started changing, and he quickly developed a deep conviction of God's sovereignty over the process of salvation," Darling told reporters Wednesday.
"Out of nowhere he started disappearing into his room for hours at a time, poring over old books by dead white guys that he would secretly order on Amazon. It began harmlessly enough, with some Edwards, a little Bunyan, some sporadic bouts of Spurgeon - but we really grew worried when he started debating other first-graders on the doctrine of the two divine wills."
A trip to a local Wesleyan pastor who moonlights as a holistic doctor confirmed the Darling's worst fears: little Ashton was indeed Calvinistic, complete with a desire to give God all the glory for His saving grace.
"Think twice before you get your child vaccinated, especially if you come from an Arminian tradition," the emotional mother said.