Archive for May, 2011

Science Doesn’t Know Everything – Dara O’Briain

Posted in Science on May 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – 2 Comments

Expelled! By Anti-Vaccine Loons

Posted in woo on May 29th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

See the full story at Respectful Insolence.

One of my friends Jamie Bernstein and her friend Ken Reibel were kicked out of an Anti-Vax convention.  Their crime?  Ken is a person know to write about the evils of the Anti-Vax movement.  For these nuts just being in the room was a crime.  Where they afraid that Ken and Jamie would report on the scam that is the anti-vax movement?

Here are the details from Orac….

Remember how I’ve said time and time again that the anti-vaccine movement is very much like a religion, a cult even? One of the key attributes of religion is an intolerance for heretics, apostates, and unbelievers. The usual approach to unbelievers is either to try to convert them and then, failing that, to shun them (fortunately in most civilized countries Inquisition-like reactions are no longer common) or to skip the attempt to convert them and jump straight to the shunning. More evidence of just how true that is was presented on a silver platter to me at the anti-vaccine quackfest Autism One that will be wrapping up today in Lombard, IL.

Yesterday afternoon, Autism One “expelled” Ken Reibel and Jamie Bernstein, the latter of whom I got to hang out with last August when I was invited to give a Skeptics in the Pub-style talk to the Chicago Skeptics and Women Thinking Free Foundation. As vice president of the WTFF, Jamie’s also involved in producing the Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated! website and a key player in skeptical activism against the anti-vaccine “protest” Autism One sponsored in Grant Park last year.

Orac did a great job on his post so if you want all of the details go read it there.

Space Aliens Removed From AutismOne Conference

Posted in woo on May 29th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Cross post from my friend over at the Bolingbrook Babbler(All articles on his site are works of fiction and are only for people with a sense of humor)

By Reporter X

Sources tell The Babbler that two space aliens were removed from the AutismOne Conference in Lombard.

“It’s been a horrifying two days!” Said Jane, one of the anonymous sources. “They’re out there, and they’re pro-pharma!”

Jane claims that space aliens are working with the pharmaceutical industry to spread autism. Once all of humanity suffers from autism, the aliens will invade.

“The aliens want us to believe that vaccines don’t cause autism, autism has a genetic cause, and people are dying because of Jenny McCarthy’s noble activism!” Exclaimed Jane.

According to Steve, another source, the first alien entered the conference disguised as a Chicago Tribune reporter.

“He had what appeared to be a tape recorder.” Said Steve. “But one of the staffers recognized it as an aliens mind probe! So we asked the Lombard police to escort him out. Those were brave men.”

Go to the Bolingbrook babbler to hear the rest of the scoop!

US Army Provides And Funds Vacation Bible School

Posted in Church and State on May 29th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

via Rock Beyond Belief.

In a notice sent out by the Army Chaplains.

The annual Garrison Chaplain’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held at Gordon Elementary (Linden Oaks) June 16-17 from 9 a.m.-noon and Devers Elementary (Ardennes) June 20-24 from 9 a.m.-noon. VBS is available for DOD Family members who have completed kindergarten through the sixth grade.

Your tax dollars at work.  The Army is pimping for jesus. Here is what the religious group promises to do to the kids sent to them.

VBS is intentionally designed to focus on the things that matter—connecting kids to God—and eliminating the things that don’t. It’s about preparing each child’s heart to receive the gospel message in an unforgettable way. It’s about enabling kids to share God’s love with others. It’s about why you do VBS.

“…focus on the things that matter—connecting kids to God—and eliminating the things that don’t”  Eliminating?  What is it that they are going to Eliminate?  Anything that keeps kids from god, knowledge, science, reality?  Sounds like child abuse to me.

Here is a sample of an extreme VBS…

Get Them While They’re Young – A Thinking Atheist Video

Posted in religion on May 29th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Italian Cardinal That Is Working With The Pope To “Fix” The Pedophile Problem Caught Trying To Hook-Up With 14 Year Old.

Posted in Catholic Church on May 28th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

via TIME.

The Catholic church’s fake report about the decrease in pedophilia is a lie.  They funded a study that would come up with the answers that they wanted.  Their best case scenario was that they are subject to the whims of society.  The church is no better than society.  Now we have an Italian Cardinal that was trying to respond to er… cover up, prior cases caught with his pants down.  This international organization of criminals needs to be closed.

(GENOA) — The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.

Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.

Bagnasco said that when he met the Pope this weekend, he “asked for a particular blessing for my archdiocese” in light of the alleged crimes, adding that “like every father toward a son [feels] great pain in seeing a priest who is not faithful to his vocation.”

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi praised Bagnasco’s handling of the Sastri Ponente case, lauding its “timeliness and competence.” On Saturday, May 14, the Cardinal visited the Santo Spirito church, where Seppia was the parish priest.

According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors. In tapped phone conversations the two cursed and swore against God. The priest is charged with having attempted to kiss and touch an underage altar boy and of having exchanged cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18.

Seppia’s defense lawyers are expected to argue that those conversations — monitored since Oct. 20, 2010 — were just words, sex games that were played by adults. It was just a game even when he claimed to have “kissed on the mouth” a 15-year-old altar boy, according to the defense.

On Monday, May 16, during formal questioning by Genoa’s investigating magistrate Annalisa Giacalone, Seppia chose not to respond. The magistrate decided to keep him in custody to avoid a risk of relapse or tampering with evidence. Defense attorney Paolo Bonanni said the defense wants to evaluate all the charges, reserving the right to respond to public prosecutor Stefano Puppo in the coming days.

Questioned by the investigators, the altar boy reportedly confirmed the attempted kiss. Another male minor who, according to the investigators, was stalked with messages and pressing invitations, will be questioned soon. Psychologists are helping Carabinieri police officers obtain testimony from the alleged victims. “The boys are ashamed to talk and to admit what happened,” says one of the investigators. The evidence amounts to at least 50 messages and phone calls. In the tapped phone conversations, the drug dealer contacted the boys and gave their phone numbers to the priest, who paid them with cocaine or 50 euros each time for sexual intercourse.

“[The investigators] made us listen to that man saying terrifying things about our children. Things so terrible that I cannot repeat them,” a father of one of the boys said.

Investigators are also examining three confiscated computers: the priest allegedly looked for partners via chat as well.

Seppia is currently being kept in a confinement cell in a Genoa prison. He met the jail’s priest and psychologist. “He has read the newspapers, and he is pained by his parishioners’ comments,” says his lawyer. The investigation is ongoing.