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Cashing In With Andrew Wakefield’s New “Callous Disregard”: Harming Children For Fun and Profit

‘I’m so glad Andy Wakefield finally has the chance to tell his story. . . . For hundreds of thousands of parents around the world, myself included, Andy Wakefield is a symbol of strength and conviction that all parents of children with autism can use to fight for truth and the best lives possible for their kids. – Jenny McCarthy

Andrew Wakefield, in a frenzied attempt to remain relevant, has finished work on his new book Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy. In it he intends to catalog his struggle against the “corruption of science” which presents “a real and present threat to children”.

Most will already be aware of Dr. Wakefield, who in 1998 was associated with a highly unscientific and unethical study published in  The Lancet linking usage of the MMR (measles) vaccine to autism. When the study was retracted earlier this year, the editor of The Lancet was quoted as saying “It’s the most appalling catalog and litany of some the most terrible behavior in any research and is therefore very clear that it has to be retracted.” Even though all original authors who could be contacted removed their names from the paper, the damage was and continues to be widespread. Measles, once nearly removed from the population, has seen an almost constant growth since 1996. But it’s not just measles. The scare caused public distrust of all different types of vaccines leading to increased rates of sickness and death for diseases almost eliminated from the general population. The damage done by this one study is immeasurable.

With his new book, Dr. Wakefield and his martyr complex are back to cash in again (for more cashing in, check out his extensive history).

This book provides a terrifying insight into what has been happening behind the scenes as efforts redouble to silence Dr. Wakefield . . . It is a wake-up call to those who think [he] is anything other than a modern day hero fighting for all of our children.

It is essential reading for anyone wanting to know the truth behind the MMR debate and the politics of vaccination policy.

Whether he thinks it’s real or knows it’s in his head, there’s only one truth – no one is speaking out, and Dr. Wakefield is laughing all the way to the bank.


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Waltke Resigns at Seminary Over Evolution

I came across this story on The Huffington Post the other day and I was surprised for two reasons: 1) A religious scholar endorsing evolution, and 2) that he had to resign from his position at a seminary to “save face”.

Admittedly, I’m not overly surprised by Bruce Waltke’s affirmation that biblical scripture and evolution can coexist, so I’m obviously more surprised by the latter. Unfortunately, for many who hold this belief who also serve at schools of theology, they face this “closet” experience.

I do hold his statement regarding Christianity’s likeness to a cult if it continues down the path of evolution-bashing. It takes one in deep denial about the way the world works to refute the claims of evolution, but to most Christians, it seems relatively easy. However, if you compare evolution to other situations not mentioned in the Bible, there are many things that we have evidence for that shouldn’t be correct, but doesn’t create such a heated debate (e.g., dinosaurs living with humans).

I applaud Waltke for his willingness to break the mold… even though the immense pressure of the establishment forced his hand. We all know that it wouldn’t do the budging.

As a side note on evolution, Discovery Channel’s Life miniseries that has recently aired mentions evolution quite a bit. After doing a brief search, I cannot find any controversy surrounding the use of this word and its application to the animals and plants filmed for this series from sources outside the Discovery organization.

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We Think, Therefore We Fight Woo


Woo Fighters is pleased to announce….

OURSELVES!

Woo Fighters is an organization to motivate students to become activists for skepticism and critical thinking. The founding chapter, at California State University, Northridge is led by graduate and undergraduate students in psychology, but we hope to recruit from all departments.

In the coming weeks we will tell you more about ourselves and our mission in addition to adding woo fighting knowledge, commentary, analysis of research, and links to more woo-fighting efforts.

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