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Skepchick Quickies 10.14

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Hitchens brothers agree to disagree over god

    In other news, an armistice has been signed between dogs, cats, and mice.
    I weep for the day when goldfish and canaries sign and the human’s days are numbered.

    I’m feeling particularly silly today. Woohoo!

  2. The blog concerning the child neglect case is not correct in one significant statement. The blogger states that “Most states have exceptions in their child neglect and abuse statutes for parents who practice faith healing – a belief that religious faith can heal. Oregon is one of the only states to restrict that exemption.” That is not true; most states will allow a parent to forgo things like immunizations and other typical preventative care practices for their child if there is a religious or philosophical objection. However all states will intervene if a parents religious beliefs put a child at significant risk of harm or cause harm. There is no religious exemption anywhere I’m aware of for criminal behavior, child abuse or neglect. I think the author may be confused in that an adult can choose to refuse any and all medical care for religious reasons; you cannot make that choice for your child if there is a likelihood of harm.

  3. I don’t think the interest in foreign alphabet/word tattooing is because those who get them think they are “magical” so much as they think they are pretty. It would, of course, be smarter if those who got that sort of tattoo made sure that the characters actually said what they were supposed to; nothing like running around with “shithead” inked into one’s flesh . Or misspelt Latin.

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