Lest We Get On Our High Horse

February 06, 2015

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Did you get your sticker yet? Sign up at the Keep Health Care Safe and Secular website, and get your two free "Vaccinate" stickers. If you put one on your bumper, it might inoculate you against Rob Schneider. Because what are viruses good at? MAKIN' COP-PEEEES!

Meanwhile, legislators in California are looking to end the personal-belief exemption for parents who don't want to vaccinate their kids. 

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He Doesn’t Look a Day Over 199

February 05, 2015

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What's the best possible way to spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated? Stickers, of course! So as part of our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign, we're offering a FREE sticker saying "Protect yourself. Protect others. Vaccinate." to everyone who wants one. And just because we're nice people, we're throwing in a second sticker for you to give to a friend. Check it out, get your pro-vaccine propaganda, drive Jenny McCarthy nuts, and help us get the word out on Facebook and Twitter, and heck, why not, on Google+ too. 

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One Ring to Fool Them All

February 04, 2015

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There's been some clarification on various politicians' beliefs about vaccines. Some thought the bit about the president in 2008 talking about the (fictional) vaccine-autism link was taken out of context. I don't think so. Here's what he said:

We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.

Now, I thought it was obvious that the "This person included" was referring to someone who was not him, someone who had that belief...

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Measles Are the New Black

February 03, 2015

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Everything is coming up measles! Measles are busting out all over! Measles are the new black! Point of Inquiry this week has the one and only Paul Offit to talk about the measles crisis and the anti-vax movement that fanned its flames. 

So, you're looking at the field of potential 2016 presidential candidates, and you think, well the first criteria should be that the person I support is not, like, entirely wrong about something as serious and indeed obvious as the necessity of vaccines. And then you see, wow, Chris Christie is hedging on vaccines...

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Just Won the Superb Owl, But Definitely Not Going to Disneyland

February 02, 2015

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The story this weekend, other than superb owls, was vaccines and their discontents. I guess now that the measles virus has breached Disneyland, folks are finally starting to wake up. Sarah Kliff at Vox (which has been really good on this issue) makes the case for vaccinations being a social obligation because of the realities of herd immunity. Even the president is having to tell people to get their heads out of their posteriors. 

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The Interaction Was Paradox-Free

January 30, 2015

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CFI is a proud coalition partner of the new End Blasphemy Laws campaign headed by the IHEU. The official announcement is hereBBC has early coverage.

The Reason for Change conference is just a few months away. Register now, make your plans, and come celebrate freethought with us

You know, usually we can just point and chuckle at the quantum-silliness of Deepak Chopra, and roll our eyes at his gobbledygook, but he's really crossed a line here. Chopra is denying that HIV causes AIDS, and that the real culprit is "[sufferers'] own interpretations of the whole reality they’re participating in." He's now moved from joke to danger. 

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I Experimented with Atheism, But I Didn’t Inhale

January 29, 2015

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You know who's huge on Twitter? The new King of Saudi Arabia. You know who'd like to control exactly what you're allowed to say on Twitter? Etc. 

Wow, there's a bill in Oklahoma that would make the issuing of marriage licenses an exclusive power of clergy, meaning no more nonreligious marriages. (I presume that those that are married already shall keep as they are.)

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That Chaos is Our Destiny

January 28, 2015

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Our own Debbie Goddard gave the opening remarks at FTBCon, and the people, they really liked it.

James Randi announces his retirement.  

The Federal Trade Commission declares that the weight-loss supplements hawked by Dr. Oz are junk, and it's no innocent mistake on Oz's part. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at his snake oil show. 

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Quetzalcoatl Didn’t Return on His Raft of Snakes

January 27, 2015

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Yesterday, we called upon President Obama to push the Saudis to free Raif Badawi and other jailed dissidents when the president was to meet with King Salman. But given Obama's discussion with Fareed Zakaria, I'm going to guess he won't.

Vox has a useful primer on Saudi Arabia and how it came to be what it is, though I wish it didn't have to be framed in that "but were afraid to ask" trope. Can we just not be afraid to ask? Can we just be okay with the idea that not everyone knows everything about everything? Okay I'll stop. 

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Fudging a Fatwa

January 26, 2015

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Our boss Ron Lindsay sits down to talk about the ideas behind his new book, The Necessity of Secularismin this short video. "If we want to live together in peace, we need to reason together. We can't have God tell us what to do." I bet Ron didn't expect to find praise for his book in the Jamaica Gleaner, where Ian Boyne says, "His is an excellent, irenic book that should appeal to well-thinking theists, showing why their best bet is a secular state, not a religious one." (Irenic means "aiming or aimed at peace." I didn't know that before.)

Before you do anything else this week, you should probably catch up on the last fortnight of CFI activity with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter

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