Archive | September, 2014

An objective look at Rick Perry’s scientific claims about homosexuality

September 30, 2014

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Let’s separate issues of ethics from science and medicine when talking about Rick Perry’s comments about homosexuality. Back in June of 2014, Rick Perry and the Texas Republican Party made several controversial scientific statements, including comparing homosexuality to alcoholism, and endorsing “reparative therapy.” In an interview with the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, he stated: “Whether […]

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Do you remember Jim Carrey’s 2009 anti-vaccine writing in the Huffington Post?

September 30, 2014

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In 2009, Jim Carrey was featured on Huffington Post’s blog with his piece, “The Judgment on Vaccines is in???” (See the piece here.) In his writing, he made scientific and medical claims that require investigation. First, he referenced two legal cases regarding vaccines and autism. 1. We have the case of Hannah Poling (he misspelled […]

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The overlooked science of the Hobby Lobby case: Contraceptives vs. Abortifacients

September 27, 2014

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Are corporations entitled to their own unscientific definitions of medical terminology? In the Hobby Lobby case, many overlooked the medical science of the contraceptives that were in question. First we need to recognize that Hobby Lobby does indeed cover 16 of the 20 methods of contraception mandated under the Affordable Care Act. The remaining 4 are: […]

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Regarding Adrian Peterson: What do scientific studies and the law say about hitting your child?

September 26, 2014

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Several scientific studies have looked at the effectiveness of spanking or hitting children as a form of discipline. The results of these studies conflict with Sean Hannity’s disturbing anecdote. This issue came to the forefront again after NFL player Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse, when it was discovered that he hit his 4-year old […]

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Rob Schneider thinks vaccinations cause autism; medical science says he’s wrong. (Anti-vaccination celebrities, Part 1)

September 24, 2014

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State Farm Insurance recently dropped Rob Schneider from their advertising. Why? Rob Schneider says vaccines cause autism. Here’s a screenshot: “Yes, vaccines and autism are linked.” – Rob Schneider Rob Schneider is not a doctor, and he is not supported by any legitimate medical research. This requires a point-by-point debunking. 1. “in the last 30 […]

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Why talking to the US Congressional Science Committee about climate change is admirable, but futile

September 23, 2014

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Last week, Dr. John Holdren, science adviser to the White House, spoke before the Congressional Committee on Space, Science, and Technology about climate change, but they weren’t listening. Republican Representative Steve Stockman: “How can you take an element which you give to the credit for the collapse of global freezing and into global warming but […]

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Fox News suggested requiring passing a civics test for voting. What does the law say?

September 23, 2014

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A few days ago, Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck proposed adding a requirement that people pass a civics test, perhaps the citizenship test, before they are allowed to vote. Hasselbeck asked her guests with regard to a civics test, “Should it be required?” Here’s the problem with that idea, which may sound good in theory. It […]

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Introducing a new variation: “I’m not a legal scholar, but…” featuring Bobby Jindal, Duck Dynasty, and the 1st Amendment

September 23, 2014

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Starting this week, I’ll be introducing a new variation of my site’s theme, called “I’m not a legal scholar, but…” Similar to scientific claims, statements on legal issues can also be clarified, investigated, debunked, or validated based on verifiable evidence. Let’s start with Bobby Jindal’s statement on A&E’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty star Phil […]

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When pseudoscience transcends politics: GMO opponents, Christian Evangelists, and bananas

September 21, 2014

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What do Ray Comfort’s “The Atheist’s Nightmare,” and genetically modified food opponents have in common? They don’t understand where the bananas they eat come from.  In 2003 Ray Comfort released a video where he talked about the banana, which he declared the bane of atheists’ existence, since its convenient shape, nutrition, and coloring proved the existence […]

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Former Rep. Joe Walsh said abortion to save the life of the mother is a lie. He’s wrong, but how wrong is he?

September 21, 2014

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“There’s no such exception as life of the mother, and, as far as health of the mother, same thing. With advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions for any time under any reason.” – Republican Representative from Illinois Joe Walsh during his 2012 campaign before losing to […]

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