Why is Bosley’s Pet Foods Bringing in an ‘Animal Communicator’?

Bosley’s Pet Foods is a retail store in British Columbia and they have a special guest visiting one of their stores next week:

Reisa Stone is an “animal communicator” who uses the power of telepathy to talk to animals dead and alive. (Remember when Harry Potter spoke Parseltongue? Yeah, it’s like that.)

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He’s Been Exiled from His Home for More Than a Year… for Challenging a Catholic ‘Miracle’

Sanal Edamaruku is nicknamed “the Indian James Randi” for a good reason: He debunks ridiculous claims with perfectly reasonable explanations.

More than a year ago, Edamaruku was charged with “hurting the religious sentiments of a particular community” after he explained how a statue of Christ could be dripping water seemingly on its own (spoiler: It involves science). The “crime” was punishable with up to three years in prison in addition to a fine.

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Benny Hinn, the ‘World’s Greatest Scammer,’ Gets Called Out at the Airport

Normally, I hate hecklers, but this is just awesome: Some unnamed guy saw “faith-healer” Benny Hinn walk through the airport and had something to say about him… at least to a reporter after Hinn (and his bodyguards) had already passed by:

Hinn, who is worth $42,000,000 according to the Christian Post, didn’t seem to care what the guy said. Not surprising given that Hinn pretty much ignores or deflects any criticism thrown his way, like suggestions that he preys on the weak and vulnerable and never actually heals them. Silly science. Why let that get in the way of a multi-million-dollar scam?

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The Secret Law of Attraction: De-BYTH-ified

Adam Average and Jamie Imtheman take on the Law of Attraction:

Busted! Maybe. I think…

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Infectious Diseases Strike Communities Where Vaccinations Are ‘Anti-God’

What do Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and evangelical Dutch Christians have in common?

Both group respects their god so much, they won’t do a thing when their kids get — and spread — the measles, and both communities are fighting an outbreak right now.

In the United States,

Another infectious disease is running through the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.  More than 50 children have developed measles this spring — the third or fourth measles problem in the community in the last six years, and following closely on the heels of a mumps outbreak in 2009–10 that affected more than 3,000 people… [T]he cause is quite simple. Kids aren’t getting vaccinated.

And this, from the Netherlands [article in Dutch]:

“God knows what’s good for your child. Vaccination is an expression of one’s lack of trust in Him,” says a Christian mom. …

In the Dutch Bible Belt, the vaccination rate is far below the national average. That makes an outbreak in the region a particularly large risk. Frequently, measles, mumps, and whooping cough emerge and spread at great speed.

If that happens, then everyone is at risk, believers and non-believers alike — at least those who haven’t been vaccinated, and those whose vaccine-related immunity has lessened over time.

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