Rubble, Deserts, and Refuse

July 10, 2018

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Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. He’s really conservative.

Howard Friedman did folks the favor of collecting Kavanaugh’s DC Circuit church-state separation cases in one place.

Michael Gerson laments the deification of the Supreme Court:

Choosing the right person to prudently navigate these challenges is massively important. But our democracy would probably be healthier if the stakes were lower — if difficult issues were returned to the democratic realm and the Supreme Court descended from Olympus.

Gizmodo talks to CFI’s VP and General Counsel Nick Little about our lawsuit against CVS:

“When you go to their website and type into the search ‘flu remedy,’ some of the products that get brought up are going to be homeopathic,” Little offered as another example. (Note: It did for me.) “If you put a sign above something saying ‘Cold and Flu,’ you are saying that this product treats cold and flu.”

(And this weird little Facebook newsfeed-friendly text video based on the Gizmodo piece popped up from “Wochit News.” Um, cool?)

I like Ophelia Benson’s response to our lawsuit:

Git’em.

On social media and elsewhere, we’re seeing a lot of these kinds “hell yeah” and “it’s about time” kind of responses. It’s a good thing.

In her Woo Watch column for CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Kavin Senapathy delivers an utterly thorough dismantling of the “Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Protocol” for “curing” autism, which comes from the Autism Research Institute which she says is one of the “organizations, movements and leaders … promoting the ideology that autistic children and adults are somehow defective and must be fixed.”

Oh, and it’s just part one. Hey Kavin: Git’em.

Joe Nickell warily notes the tour of yet another fragment of the “true cross”, presented by one Rev. Carlos Martins. Joe suggests this cross-fragment be subjected to carbon dating, but is not holding his breath.

The Satanic Temple is now adopting highways in Indiana to do some community volunteer work. I’m sure someone will pass a law against it. But until then, it’s the Inverted Crossroads campaign!

Quote of the Day

This blunt-to-the-point-of-absurdity headline for an AP article as posted at Religion News Service:

Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

What the pope actually said was:

There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse.

Which is true! Also:

It grieves us to see the lands of indigenous peoples expropriated and their cultures trampled on by predatory schemes and by new forms of colonialism, fueled by the culture of waste and consumerism.

…said the head of the church that led the Inquisition and whose headquarters has more gold than the Sovereign from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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