Young Cancer Patient Will Be Allowed to Use Faith-Based Treatment Instead of Life-Saving Chemotherapy

Earlier this week, 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 this week 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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A Voice of Reason on Our Relationship with the Universe

dogmaticCURE brings together images and music with the words of atheists (in this case, Lawrence Krauss).

This video focuses on our relationship with the universe:



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Pennsylvania Judge Who Struck Down Gay Marriage Ban Also Destroyed Intelligent Design Movement

By now, you know that a judge in Pennsylvania struck down a ban against gay marriage today. It’s a wonderfully-written ruling worth reading in full, but what makes it especially great is that Judge John E. Jones III is a George-W-Bush-appointed, Rick-Santorum-approved Republican who may be best known to this site’s readers as the judge who pretty much single-handedly destroyed the Intelligent Design movement in 2005 with his decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover.

Since the Religious Right is undoubtedly going to criticize him as some activist judge with a liberal agenda, it’s worth taking a look at some of the statements he’s made to show that those labels don’t apply to him at all.

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Young Girl’s Life Could Be Saved with Chemotherapy, but Her Parents Prefer a Faith-Based Alternative

We hear too many stories about faith-healing parents who think prayer has a better chance of curing their sick children than modern medicine. Too often, those children die because of their parents’ faith-based negligence.

Makayla Sault (below) is an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It’s a treatable disease with a survival rate of nearly 90% — if you go through two years of chemotherapy. She obviously has a tough road of her, but getting the treatment at McMaster Children’s Hospital (in Ontario, Canada) may be her only viable option.



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Ken Ham Is Furious That My Book Will Be Handed Out to High School Students in Kentucky

Uh-oh. Either Creationist Ken Ham reads my site regularly, or his Google Alerts found me. Either way, he’s not happy that the Tri-State Freethinkers are giving away copies of my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide on the last day of classes in the Boone County school system in Kentucky.

Since Ham hasn’t read my book — it’s not anti-Christian at all and simply explains to all audiences how they can help young atheists — he has to resort to quoting excerpts from my blog that criticize his beliefs (without linking to them because FSM-forbid his readers make up their own minds about what I write). Still, thanks, Ken, for giving my critiques a new audience!

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