Australian Government Drops Religious Exemptions from New Vaccination Laws

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (below) announced that he would close the loophole allowing anti-vaccination parents to receive child care subsidies from the government. Beginning in 2016, conscientious objectors to vaccinations would no longer receive subsidies that were worth up to $15,000 per child.

There were exemptions, though. If you had medical reasons for not vaccinating their kids, you could still receive the money. Parents who didn’t give their kids the shots for religious reasons were also exempt as far as we knew.

Not anymore, though:

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Just Do It. God Won’t Mind At All

Seen at PostSecret:



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Foundation Beyond Belief’s Next Major Grant Will Benefit Starfish, a Group Helping Young Women in Guatemala

When we launched Foundation Beyond Belief in 2010, the plan was to encourage atheists to give to a bunch of amazing charities — 10 of them each quarter, to be precise — and help make giving to others a habit for secular people (who usually have no formal way to do that).

In 2012, we decided to cut the number of beneficiaries from 10 to 5 in order to give larger donations to each organization. That, coupled with a rising donor base, took us from giving about $1,200 to each group at our launch… to about $12,000 per group today.

And then, at the end of last year, we tried something completely different: We chose just one beneficiary, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. We ended up raising $56,700 for them.

We’d like to do that again. This time, our Compassionate Impact Grant will help Starfish, an education and mentorship organization that helps the native Mayan community in Guatemala:



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God Shouldn’t Have Pushed the “Send” Button So Soon…

(via Down the Upward Spiral)

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A New Children’s Book Explores How to Make the Most of Life (God Not Included)

Michelle Iturrate has written a short neat book for children all about exploring the world without the filter of religion. It’s called How: A Day in the Life of a Young Humanist (Young Humanist Books, LLC).



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