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Amplify the Misunderstanding

October 15, 2020

FiveThirtyEight digs into the numbers to see just how conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett actually is. The answer: Really damn conservative.

Law professors Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman in the Post: “Rather than insisting that religious groups be treated equally, [Barrett] seems to approve of those groups receiving special privileges, as compared with their secular counterparts.” Well then she should fit right in on that court.

John Stoehr says everyone needs to let go of the idea that Barrett’s faith is off-limits: “[Revanchists] are demanding, and getting, an autocratic usurpation of the majority’s will in the name of religion.”

Michael C. Dorf at Verdict: Justice Thomas almost raised an important point about religious belief versus practice with his anti-Obergefell rant: “The belief that the Bible authorizes slavery or mandates racial segregation was never outlawed and could not be outlawed consistent with the First Amendment. Still, that belief has almost entirely died out because actions based on it have been forbidden.”

Sen. Kamala Harris pushed Barrett on climate change, and Barrett maintained that it’s not something she could take, in her phrasing, “judicial notice of.” In other words, she won’t go there.

A Cambridge University study shows a major correlation between poor numerical literacy and belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories and fake news.

Journalists in a survey say that disinformation about the pandemic largely comes from Facebook.

A 2019 Johns Hopkins event intended to prepare for a hypothetical pandemic is now the focus of conspiracy theorists, because obviously they knew this was coming and probably caused it. Obviously.

Fauci on Trump’s quick recovery from COVID: ““We’re all glad that the president of the United States did not suffer any significant consequences of it. But … because he is such a visible figure, it amplifies some of that misunderstanding that people have that it’s a benign disease and nobody has anything to worry about.”

If you’re young and healthy (nope and nope over here) you’re last in line to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the WHO’s chief scientist. Ha ha! Take THAT, Gen-Zoomers! Or rather, don’t take that!

Bill Nye: “The flat-Earthers, the anti-vaxxers, the anti-maskers are not on board with the progress of science. And the thing is, it affects all of us. When you deny the body of knowledge that’s been discovered through the process of science, you’re holding all of us back.”

Leo Igwe writes about the threat to secularism in Nigeria and the plight of Mubarak Bala, arrested in Nigeria for blasphemy in May:

Muslim apostates are not a visible and distinct identity or social group in Northern Nigeria. But with Mubarak Bala, the landscape of apostasy has been changing. Bala has been open about his rejection of Islam and has continued to openly and publicly criticize Islam, including the prophet of Islam.

Bobby Henderson, he of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, reports: “The head of Russia’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Mikhail Iosilevich, has been arrested. His computers, phones, and passport have been seized, and access to his bank accounts have been blocked.”

Mayor Debra Lewis of Ashland, Wisconsin omitted the words “under God” when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at a city council meeting, and THE WORLD ENDED. An by that, I mean one guy wrote an angry letter.

UK tabloid The Sun reports on the rise of the Satanic Temple in the US, and boy are they excited about it. But I wonder if this article is having trouble competing with other Sun pieces like “I quit vicar job to join sex site & rake in £76k a month – stripping is my calling.” Maybe this is synergy.

How’s this for a write-up of a religious sect: From Bob Smietana: “Founded by ex-Scientologists turned Satanists, the Foundation Faith of God and its members awaited the end of the world but when it didn’t come, the group decided to rescue animals instead.” Well!

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