Fracas in the Pharmacy

July 9, 2018

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It’s the Fracas in the Pharmacy! The Duel in the Drugstore! Overkill Over the Counter! THE APOCALYPSE AT THE APOTHECARY! We’re gonna need assistance at checkout and somebody call a manager because the Center for Inquiry has come to CVS to file suit and kick ass…and we’ve already filed our suit.

That’s right, CFI has filed a lawsuit against CVS, the largest drug retailer in the country, charging them with fraud for their marketing and selling of homeopathic fake medicine. Here’s a bit from our statement:

“Homeopathy is a total sham, and CVS knows it. Yet the company persists in deceiving its customers about the effectiveness of homeopathic products,” said Nicholas Little, CFI’s Vice President and General Counsel. “Homeopathics are shelved right alongside scientifically-proven medicines, under the same signs for cold and flu, pain relief, sleep aids, and so on.”

“If you search for ‘flu treatment’ on their website, it even suggests homeopathics to you,” said Little. “CVS is making no distinction between those products that have been vetted and tested by science, and those that are nothing but snake oil.”

Amy Goldstein at The Post looks at three contenders for the Supreme Court and how everything seems to hinge on the definition and scope of “religious liberty.” 

At RNS, Yonat Shimron focuses on potential nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a member of a Catholic covenant community called “People of Praise,” a sort of charismatic-Catholic sect. And what’s the big deal? Well, for one thing…

Every member of People of Praise receives practical advice and spiritual direction from another member. This is often referred to as “headship.” A married woman’s head is her husband. Heads for single women are women leaders. In the past, these leaders were called “handmaids,” a reference to the Virgin Mary who called herself “the Lord’s servant” or “handmaid of the Lord” in Luke’s Gospel. [. . .] To some people, that suggests a kind of subjugation.

Kelsey Dallas at Deseret News investigates the partisan divide with “religious liberty” legislation, noting that our of 140 related bills in state legislatures, only 19 had bipartisan sponsorship.

Look, you can’t question someone’s religious beliefs and limit their ability to live out their religion, even if that means letting them do something that is otherwise illegal! Unless we’re talking about a bunch of baked hippies, am I right, fellas? A judge dismisses a case from the  First Church of Cannabis who sought, well, you know.

The governor of my state, twice elected by small pluralities in three-person races, and known for being, frankly, a huge goddamn jerk, vetoes a bill banning gay conversion therapy. Why? “Religious liberty,” of course.

Meet John Fitzgerald, the Republican candidate for Congress in California’s 11th District, who says, “My entire campaign, for the most part, is about exposing this lie,” meaning the Holocaust. On second thought, let’s not meet him. Let’s actually pretend we didn’t notice him and maybe he won’t notice us and IS HE LOOKING OVER HERE? DON’T MAKE EYE CONTACT CRAP CRAP CRAP

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte says he will resign if someone can prove that God exists. Boy, if there were ever a time I wish we were wrong…

Hey look! Kimberly Winston is back after the Great Religion News Service Exodus, and she’s doing a religion piece for NPR! About the Beatles!!!

So what’s new in Arkansas? Well, one state senator says secular humanists have “contributed to the dumbing down of America.” (Yes, senator, it’s totally the secular humanists dumbing us down.) Meanwhile, other Arkansas legislators are working on legislation to inflict on women as soon as Roe v. Wade gets overturned, banning abortion even in cases of rape.

Quote of the Day

There is this series of books, The Bone Season, that take place on a sort of alternate-Earth in which people with paranormal-psychic abilities are persecuted and driven underground. One of them writes a manifesto, On the Merits of Unnaturalness, and what I found amusing is that even among the people who read minds and talk to ghosts, there are skeptical lines of delineation:

A Tasseographer reads the Dregs left over after a Cup of Tea or Coffee is consumed, claiming that Spirits have arranged the Residue. I have more Respect for Spirits than to believe they would ever spend their second Life drifting around in used Teacups. I have Nothing further to observe but that this is an excellent Talent for Busking, given that the People of this Citadel are undoubtedly foolish enough to partake in it.