Jenny McCarthy, Who Still Spreads Misinformation About Vaccines, Says “I Am Not Anti-Vaccine”

True story: A friend of mine, who happens to be a journalist, had an interview with Jenny McCarthy (below) a while back. When I found out, I sent her a message that was along the lines of, “Ask her all about the anti-vaccine craziness or our friendship is over.”

Her response: She couldn’t do it because the “rules” of the interview said that topic was off-limits.

Turns out something similar was in place for The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove, but he tried, anyway:

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Apparently, No One Understands That Catholics Are Generally Accepting of Evolution…

Every time Pope Francis says something, it seems to make worldwide news… even when his statements aren’t all that interesting. His latest speech, about the compatibility of religion and science, is no exception.

In a speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis explained how he, like pretty much all Catholics, believed in God-guided evolution:



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Kirpan Controversy: Why Jerry Coyne Is Right and Hemant Is Wrong — Sikh Daggers Have No Place in Public Schools

Hemant wrote an eye-popping post yesterday in response to an article by Jerry Coyne about Sikh pupils habitually carrying ceremonial daggers called kirpans into U.S. public schools. My friend/colleague/boss argued that Coyne was wrong to object. Since kirpans are part of Sikhs’ religious requirements, Hemant thinks that we should accommodate Sikhs and their kirpans on religious-freedom grounds.

I respectfully disagree — completely. Below, I explain why in five points of rebuttal.

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Hemant: “How quickly religious rights go out the window when we’re talking about people who aren’t in the majority.”

Me: Majority or minority status has nothing to do with it. Why would it? Let’s argue this on the merits, irrespective of whose superstitions are most popular.

So, to battle. Religious rights, you say? I call what you propose religious accommodationism. I’m only in favor of that when whatever is being accommodated extends to all pupils. If a school allows head coverings, the right to wear a hat should shouldn’t only be given to Jews wearing yarmulkes. It should also apply to Muslim students who want to wear the hijab … and to atheist students who feel like showing off their Flying Spaghetti Monster beanies.



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Ebola Coverage: The U.S. is Doing It Wrong

Even with Ebola, a lot of skepticism is warranted.

Take a look at how the UK news channels portray the disease… compared to those (*sigh*) in the U.S.



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Veterans Rally to Defend City’s Hydraulic Cross, Claiming They’re in the Majority Faith and That’s All That Matters

Last month, I posted about a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year atop Dewey Hill in Grand Haven, Michigan:



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