+1 For Natural Selection...

Bitter irony as a measles epidemic breaks out at the anti-vaccine texas megachurch of Kenneth Copeland. Church officials are desperately back-peddling while putting down their bibles and turning to modern medical science to save them by offering free vaccinations to their constituency. Official statements involve placing blame on an unclean outsider and reinterpretations of ancient cultist manuals  to justify reversing their stance on medicine while carefully ensuring that all credit for it be given to witch doctors and not the science that created it. Its unfortunate that there isn’t a way to hold people to their convictions so when socially incompatible assholes like the folks at the Kenneth Copeland mega-church make the conscious decision to opt out of things like vaccine programs and herd immunity because of cultist beliefs and the rejection of truth, that we cant just let nature fix the problem. Perhaps in this case by handing them a bible instead of a needle and recommending that when it starts to hurt that they just pray harder. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/26/1234055/-Anti-vaccine-megachurch-hit-with-measles-epidemic-now-offering-free-vaccinations?detail=email     Related:...

Religious ‘unaffiliation’ tops 19% Nov21

Religious ‘unaffiliation’ tops 19%...

    Per surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center 1 in 5 americans (19.6%) no longer have any religious affiliation. By historical comparison this percentage was 6% in 1990 and 15% in 2008. Survey involved 19,377 people and was taken over 2011.         Based on parallel studies by the Gallup Organization supporting a projected 1% annual (de)conversion rate as well as historical data from other non-secular societies, 50% of the global population will be Atheist by 2038. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nigel-barber/atheism-to-defeat-religion-by-2038_b_1565108.html   Counterargument: Critics of the survey question its accuracy on the basis of age and educational demographics, citing that it disproportionately reflected the views of younger age and higher education (lol). Religious activists also argue fundamentalists will successfully ‘out-breed’ the non-religious, despite 10% (and rising) abandonment rates.   Links: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-07-19/no-religion-affiliation/56344976/1 http://www.pewforum.org/Unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx...