Makayla Sault, the Child Who Refused Chemotherapy in Favor of Faith-Based Alternatives, Has Died

By now, you’re familiar with 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 wanted to stop with 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 receiving chemo, but we learned a couple of months ago that her condition had worsened.

At the time, the Ontario Court of Justice ruled that Makayla’s family had every right to decide her treatment and outsiders couldn’t override their wishes.

This was effectively a death sentence for Makayla. She had a strong chance of survival with chemotherapy, but with that option off the table, there was little hope of a recovery.

And now the inevitable has happened: Makayla has died.

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Colorado Church Cancels Woman’s Funeral After Seeing a Picture of Her Kissing Her Wife

In yet another example of Christian Love, New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colorado put a stop to Vanessa Collier‘s funeral just minutes after it was scheduled to begin because they noticed that a video that was supposed to play during the service included an image of Collier kissing her wife:



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Physicist Sean Carroll Explains Why There’s No Life After Death

Last October, physicist Sean Carroll received the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Emperor Has No Clothes Award,” given to someone not afraid to speak the truth about a subject others are misinformed about. His acceptance speech just went up online and it’s a joy to watch:



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Governor Mario Cuomo, Catholic Politician Who Respected Separation of Church and State, Dies at 82

As the stories about former New York Governor Mario Cuomo pour in following his death earlier today, I’m reminded of a speech the famously Catholic politician gave at the University of Notre Dame in 1984.

In it, he reminded the audience that while he might personally adhere to Catholic doctrine, his role as a politician was to secure religious freedoms for everyone and not legislate his personal morality:

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Christian Columnist: Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide is Sad, So Let’s Look for the “Root Causes of Transgenderism”

Yesterday, Terry posted the tragic story of Leelah Alcorn (below), a transgender teen who killed herself, leaving behind a digital suicide note urging parents never to tell their kids that it’s “just a phase” or “God doesn’t make mistakes.” Leelah also pointed out that her conservative Christian parents sent her to a Christian therapist, which didn’t help matters.

In situations like this, we’ve come to expect conservative Christians jumping into the fray to offer their thoughts, usually reinforcing the problem that led to the tragedy in the first place.

Cue Michael Brown of the homophobic Christian publication Charisma. After expressing his condolences over her loss (though he doesn’t hesitate to call her a “him”), Brown reminds everyone that people can be “cured” of their transgenderism and that sex changes don’t always solve the problem:

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