Young Cancer Patient Who Used Faith-Based Treatment Instead of Life-Saving Chemotherapy Has Suffered a Relapse

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.

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Brant met with Makayla’s family at the time to make a final decision on her treatment. I was hopeful they wouldn’t let her parents effectively put her life in jeopardy… but that’s exactly what they did:

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High School Cancels Event with Catholic Chastity Speaker Because He Can’t Be Trusted to Keep Faith Out of His Talk

If you were to visit the website of the Catholic-based Chastity Project website (and I’m not sure why anyone would), here’s the explanation you would find for why gay marriage isn’t really marriage:

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Is This Painting of Two Kids Praying Religious? A School District’s Lawyer Says No

This is a painting called “Faith in America” by Donald Zolan:

That image might have a place on a postcard or church wall, but certainly not in the main office at Kenneth Cooper Middle School in Oklahoma City… which, as you might guess, is exactly where it is. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the district’s superintendent urging him to take it down:

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Bill Maher and Sam Harris Debate “Islamophobia” with a Defensive Ben Affleck

In a conversation following up on last week’s rant against liberals who refuse to criticize Islam, Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris explained last night on Real Time why criticizing religious beliefs is fair game and not, as critics often claim, “Islamophobia”:

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An Atheist Evangelizes Reason from the Sidewalk and Then Analyzes His Conversation with a Stranger

Anthony Magnabosco recently stood outside a Texas college, holding a sign saying he wanted to talk to people about their religious beliefs for just five minutes. It’s something you might expect from preachers; not so much from atheists. But talk about street epistemology

Not only did someone take him up on it, Anthony recorded and then completely analyzed the entire exchange to see if his methods at atheist evangelism were actually effective.

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