According to Lateline, numbers from the Australian census tell the tale: Scientology is in decline and sinking fast. Figures from the 2011 Census show that only 2,163 Australians call themselves Scientologists. That’s a drop of 13.7 per cent over five years. Thank. Goodness. And the cream on top? Pantheism increased by 35 per cent, Rastafarians [...]
I started out writing a snarky, sarcasm-filled screed against the latest Catholic church insanity, but I’ve decided to scrap all that and just post the facts. They speak quite well for themselves. Especially given that much of it is straight from the mouths of bishops, priests and even the gold-covered man in the gold-encrusted palace [...]
Scientology has been trying for some time to get the city council of San Jacinto to allow them to close Gilman Springs Road, the main artery in front of Gold Base. Why? Simple. They don’t like protestors being able to get so close to Gold because they don’t want the inmates to hear their message. [...]
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Rumours have been surfacing that John Travolta is wrestling with the dichotomy of a faith that denies his son’s illness, stands behind the [non] treatment that may have contributed to the boy’s death and undoubtedly places blame with the father and son versus a reality that plainly says otherwise to all. Reports that he’s sleepless and driving alone around his private airport in the middle of the night have aroused a great sympathy for him and the pain he must be feeling. Myself included.
But even if he is conflicted and feels the urge to pull away from Scientology, Travolta very likely feels he has no choice but to remain in the organization. For, you see, like most cults Scientology immediately begins walling in its victims the moment they join…
“Natural”. It’s thrown around every day on television and in magazines and… well, on Oprah and the like quite a lot. Mostly it’s used as a thinly veiled epithet aimed at the pharmaceutical industry. While I have no problem with bashing corporations who look more fondly on profits than on people, that does not, then, [...]
I posted a short piece to everydayskeptics.com about a recent so-called miracle.
Preface: As often happens lately, it’s the podcasters at The Skeptics Guide to the Universe that get me off my butt and finally writing about something I’ve been meaning to get to. This entry is such a case. Their recent guest, Paul Offit, had a great Op-Ed piece in the NY Times regarding the controversial [...]
Stay your hand, my conservative peers, lest you pull what they used to call a ‘boner’ and, here in the future, we call a ‘fuck up’. A vote for your ‘maverick’ senator from Arizona is also a vote for his young Earth creationist running mate. A running mate who could very well end up in [...]
Something I hear far too often for my liking and which annoys me to no end is the blustery reply, “Well in the ’70s they thought there was global cooling, so nyah!” OK, I added the ‘nyah’. But you know the argument. It’s along the lines of ‘if scientists were wrong then, then you have [...]
I’ve just heard that skeptic and astronomer and genuinely great guy Jeff Medkeff, aka The Blue Collar Scientist (http://bluecollarscientist.com), has died. He’d recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. He’ll be so very sorely missed. Jeff and I had corresponded briefly and I kept thinking that it would be awesome if we could get together and [...]