Canadian Homeopaths Tell Parents to Give Their Babies Sugar Pills as an Alternative to Vaccines

CBC’s Marketplace, an investigative consumer program in Canada, ran a wonderful (and disturbing) report on what homeopaths are telling parents to do in lieu of vaccinating their children. We know what they said because Marketplace had mothers visit these homeopaths with a hidden camera in tow.

Turns out the “doctors” are spreading Jenny McCarthy-style misinformation (like telling them that measles is virtually harmless for children over the age of one) and telling parents to give their infants sugar pills as an alternative to vaccines.

One of the graphics in the segment even made clear how much of an active ingredient was in those sugar pills:



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To Michelle Duggar, Michael Brown, and the Rest: Stop Attacking Trans Women

19 Kids and Counting, the oddly popular TLC show about a gigantic evangelical Christian family, may be approaching its final days.

Or so we hope. There are plenty of reasons to find the Duggar family (all 19+ of them) nauseating, and many LGBT folks, atheists, and others who don’t agree with their aggressive conservatism may have been rooting for them to go off the air for years. But the last straw came when the show’s matriarch, Michelle Duggar, recorded a robocall urging Fayetteville, Arkansas residents to vote against a transgender rights law. The ordinance (which passed) allows trans people to use public facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that correspond with their gender identity, rather than their sex assigned at birth.

Duggar’s call reiterated tired, defamatory claims that trans people (particularly trans women) are sexual predators:



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Finally, Pastors Are Beginning to Seriously Deal with Mental Illness

Yesterday’s New York Times had a front page story about Christian pastors finally talking about the serious problem of mental illness, helping members of their congregations who are struggling with it.

We know there has always been a stigma associated with mental illness, but the church has had trouble with this subject for unique reasons:

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Connect the Dots: Ken Ham Edition

(Via Skeptical Spectacles)

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Churches Are Great at Creating Rules (Seriously)

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how churches are great at creating rules (seriously):



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