Friday, March 5, 2010

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones...

A young child in pre-school will not be allowed to re-enroll at a Catholic school in Boulder, Colorado. Why, you ask? Did this youngster bring a gun to class? Was this child bullying other children? No, nothing of the sort. This young babe can't re-enroll because the child has two mommies. That's right. The kid's parents are lesbians. According to the archdiocese, "Homosexual couples living together as a couple are in disaccord with Catholic teaching."

Some school staff members, who insisted on anonymity, said that they are "disgusted by the archdiocese's decision." These staff members insisted on anonymity because they were told not to talk to the media.

This is all legal, since the school is private. Of course, it would be illegal if this action was taken because the child's parents were black or brown.

h/t PZ

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Placebo Effect by Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre, doctor and author of Bad Science, explains what the placebo effect is and describes its role in medical research and in the pharmaceutical industry.

h/t to PZ