Judge Suggests Doctors Shouldn’t Impose Their Views on Child Who May Soon Become a Victim of Faith-Based Treatment

Several months ago, I posted about Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla no longer wanted to continue the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

Makayla was allowed to quit the chemo, but we learned earlier this month that her condition had worsened.

And to make the issue even more on the forefront of people’s minds, it turned out another First Nations girl was in the same position — she would benefit from chemo, but she didn’t want to go through with it for cultural reasons.

This week, Justice Gethin Edward of the Ontario Court of Justice said that the doctors were in the wrong:

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Texas Judge Begins Court Sessions with a Five-Minute Bible Reading and Prayer

I’m pretty certain that high on the list of Things Judges Should Never Do is make the parties in front of them extremely uncomfortable.

Both sides expect a fair hearing and anything that detracts from that is a problem. Obviously.

So what the hell was Texas Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack (below) thinking when he opened a recent court session with a five-minute Bible reading followed by a formal prayer?

That’s what the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to know:

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This is What Mimicking Looks Like at Church

We’ve seen what it looks like when children speak in tongues. They just go along with what everyone else is doing, probably under peer pressure.

I dare someone to tell me this baby isn’t under the same influence:



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Thanksgiving Dinner’s Gonna Be Awkward at This House…

After a conservative Christian (in red) posted an image on Facebook, her atheist sister (in black) emailed me the ensuing frustrating conversation…

You can’t unfriend relatives, can you…?

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Christian Movies Are Backfiring on Their Own Terms

In the past year, we’ve seen the released of two high-profile Christian movies: God’s Not Dead and Left Behind. It’s easy to make the argument that both movies fail at their core mission — to convert heathens into believers — because they’re just plain awful. Left Behind has a 2% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes while God’s Not Dead is at 17%. (By way of comparison, Gone Girl is at 87%.)

But there’s a more compelling reason the filmmakers’ missions are backfiring on them, says Edwin Lyngar at Salon:

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