I’m confused here. I thought God was supposed to be destroying the world anyway . And isn’t that supposed to be the great happy ending to Robertson’s fairytale belief? Why is he now suggesting it’s a bad thing?
Here is the first part of my look back at the big skeptic-related news stories from last year. I’m just covering last January in this piece but I’ll try to cover more than one month in the next installment.
Yet another well-designed study hit another nail in the coffin of the hypothesis that the MMR vaccine is linked with autism. Then researchers concluded that there was a lack of evidence supporting special diets for autism.
Pat Robertson blamed the Haitian earthquake on a mythical pact the nation never made with the devil–true story–thus earning him a nomination in the douchebag of the year awards.
Stephen Baldwin said he’d rather see his daughter die than lie about Jesus, earning him a solid nomination in the douchebag of the year awards.
UK’s General Medical Council concluded that anti-vaccine prophet Andrew Wakefield acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly.”
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $10 billion to vaccines and Doctors Without Borders vaccinates 2,100 kids against Measles in Pakistan – both were big victories for public health around the world.
Skeptics fail in homeopathy-based suicide attempt – The 1023 campaign sparked a great deal of attention on this little publicity stunt and made homeopathy look incredibly stupid.
Star of Scientology orientation film gives farewell performance – Larry Anderson, an actor and long-time member of $cientology who starred in their orientation film left the cult.
1. $cientology for a change decides to sue somebody – The cult has launched two separate lawsuits against Sandy Springs, Georgia for alleged discrimination because the city approved the rezoning of their building but denied the the cult’s request to add a fourth floor by enclosing a basement parking garage, saying there wasn’t enough parking.
2. Treating agony with ecstasy – Okay, I had to steal that headline because there was just no way I was going to top it. In the first FDA-approved trial evaluating the use of the street drug ecstasy for therapeutic applications, it proved very successful at treating PTSD.
3. Male chromosome’s rapid evolution – The Y chromosome, known for making men men, is evolving far faster than the rest of the human genetic code:
A new study comparing the Y chromosomes from humans and chimpanzees, our nearest living relatives, show that they are about 30 percent different. That is far greater than the 2 percent difference between the rest of the human genetic code and that of the chimp’s, according to a study appearing online Wednesday in the journal Nature.These changes occurred in the last 6 million years or so, relatively recently when it comes to evolution.
And for those keeping track, that’s 5,994,000 years before the existence of the whole universe, according to Young Earth Creationists.
4. Debunking creationism? There’s an app for that – A new smartphone app provides users with refutations to all the creationist arguments.
5. Pat Robertson finally getting heat from fellow Christians – It’s about damned time!
By now I’m sure everyone knows about the disasterous earthquake that is still causing many casualties. And I’m sure some of you would like to know how you can help.
Well the folks at The Intersection have been good enough to provide a great list of links to organizations who are helping in the aftermath that need your support:
I know times are tough and we’re all suffering from our own economic disaster, but anything you can donate to these organizations in this time of crisis in Haiti will help make a real difference. . .
. . .unlike Pat Robertson’s response to this disaster. According to Robertson, this is a “blessing in disguise” and blames the quake on a Haiti’s deal with the devil:
They announced clearly that wearing these bras was unIslamic because it is a form of fraud and deception.
2. The Fourth Kind: based on a true story? – At least that’s what filmmakers would have us believe. It seems as though the “true story” the film is allegedly based on is probably not even based on a real account but more likely was just extra content created for an internet viral marketing campaign.
3. Maine voters, on Tuesday Vote NO on 1 – This is Maine’s version of Prop 8 to stop marriage equality.
4. Antioxidants may be the key to defeating all strains of flu – Suck it, Mercola!
6. Pat Robertson’s warning us about the demons in our Holloween candy – No, seriously. He really is and he’s not kidding.
1. Pat Robertson thanks God for his surgery. . .and even remembers to thank the doctors. . .barely – Pat Robertson has apparently undergone heart surgery. Here’s a particularly telling quote:
Robertson said, “Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth. As it is, I anticipate many more years of creative service in the ministry I founded (CBN), as well as Regent University and other endeavors devoted to the service of mankind. I cannot praise enough the dedication and professionalism of Dr. Andy Kiser and his staff who removed this growth from my continuously beating heart.”
Prayer healed him. . .and doctors using cutting edge 21st century medical equipment. . .but mostly it was the prayer. But if God was at play, what did God need with a doctor? Why did Robertson even see a doctor? Brain confused.
2. Ken Ham: Master of unintentional irony – Ham, who’s responsible for that embarrassment known as the Creation “Museum”, visited a Buddhist temple in Japan. Here’s his reaction:
I took photographs of a couple of their “gods” — I notice they were not very powerful, as they couldn’t even get out past the netting wire that “protected” them!
It was so sad to see people praying to the “god” behind the curtain — what a reminder they need the gospel to free them from the bondage of this false religion that gives them no hope for the future!
Yes, Ham. It is indeed sad to see people praying to invisible gods behind metaphorical curtains. And yes, it’s a reminder they need to be freed from the bondage of religion that gives them no hope for the future. Pot. Kettle. Black.
3. Article in Evolution: Education and Outreach looks at why state science standards are important and how particular states measure up.
4. Greta Christina explains why calling Congress isn’t a waste of time – Part 1 and Part 2.
Note: Due to linking problems, I’ll just have to copy the URL of the second part below: