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Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time signing into law California’s SB 277, tossing out belief exemptions for required vaccinations, which is a huge win for reason over conspiracy-mongering. We said in our statement:
By embracing the scientific method and empirical evidence over pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, the children of California will be better protected from preventable infectious diseases, which in turn protects all of us.
Ed Beck marked the victory at CFI’s Keep Health Care Safe and Secular website:
This victory … stands as a powerful repudiation of the paranoid, privileged, anti-scientific, ahistorical, and inhumane anti-vaccine fringe, from its ideology to its idols—and in one of the movement’s strongest bastions.
Of course the aforementioned fringe are not being quiet, including the guy who played Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.
Black churches are being burned in a string of arson attacks. Weirdly, “Investigators have said there is no evidence that … racism was behind them.” Really?
The Justice Department says police in Ferguson violated citizens’ free speech and free assembly rights during the protests.
Oklahoma’s supreme court nixes the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol.
As a native of South Jersey, tales of the Jersey Devil scared the ever-loving crap out of me when I was a kid. Bill Sprouse, around the same time I was being spooked, was told that he was related to the thing, and now has a book about the history of the beast.
Bobby Jindal wants to protect Louisiana government officials who really, really want to discriminate against gay people. The ACLU comes marching in.
Ben Radford explores fast food folklore after the KFC “rat” imbroglio.
ISIS decapitates its first female victims, claiming that they were witches.
Ned Borninski from the University of Michigan mounts a defense of New Atheism at the CFI Course of Reason blog.
Not surprisingly, the lawyer for Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Win Johnson, says something very wrong:
Public officials are ministers of God assigned the duty of punishing the wicked and protecting the righteous. If the public officials decide to officially approve of the acts of the wicked, they must logically not protect the righteous from the wicked. In fact, they must become protectors of the wicked. You cannot serve two masters; you must pick — God or Satan.
Quote of the Day:
Hillary Clinton, in an email, when she was Secretary of State:
Please wear socks to bed to keep your feet warm.
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