Category Archives: skeptical activism

Salvation Army Homophobia: The Marriage Equality Submission

The Salvation Army claims it does not discriminate against gay people. However, their submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, regarding 2012′s proposed marriage equality legislation, tells a different story. Here is what they had to say: The Salvation Army, both internationally and within Australia, has a long history of non-discriminatory [...]

Salvation Army Position Statement on Homosexuality

A homophobic position paper on the Salvation Army’s attitude to gay relationships used to be found on their website. That is, until people noticed it. Now, that link simply opens a blank page: Fortunately, the original contents of the page are still archived on the Wayback Machine. Here is what it said: Homosexuality The Salvation [...]

AVN v HCCC: a new public warning

The public warning issued against the Australian Vaccination Network by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission was a fantastic little corner of the web. In one page, on official notepaper it said: The AVN provides information that is solely anti-vaccination Its site contains information that is incorrect and misleading They quote selectively from research to [...]

Homeopathic First Aid

In case you were in any doubt about the shameful disregard for public health shown by Woodford Folk Festival. Homeopathic first aid: it’s great if you’re suffering from dehydration. Not much good for anything else. Meanwhile, Stop The AVN’s Vaccination Saves Lives banner went down pretty well. There was an article in Brisbane’s Courier Mail [...]

#StopAVN sends Meryl Dorey a message at Woodford: Vaccination Saves Lives

Despite our campaigning, the spineless dolts at the Woodford Folk Festival are this afternoon hosting Meryl Dorey of the Australian Vaccination Network. Were it not for the success of Stop The AVN, our Facebook collective of citizens, skeptics, scientists and medics, Meryl would now be giving a talk entitled ‘Autism Emergency, 1 child in 38′, [...]

Jack of Kent’s Law: The Australian Vaccination Network witch-hunt

The marvellous skepti-legal blogger David Allen Green, writing at Jack of Kent, has coined a new adage in the vein of Godwin’s Law, Poe’s Law and Skopie’s Law. Here’s how David sets out Jack of Kent’s Law: Such are the responses of the challenged bully, just as “lessons learned” and “draw a line” are the invariable [...]

Meryl Dorey at the Conscious Living Expo

From the Australian Vaccination Network‘s blog comes an interview with Patricia Hamilton of the ‘Concious Living Expo’. The Conscious Living Expo was a conference last weekend, offering keynotes from: Dolores Canon, hypnotherapist and psychic researcher, who offered a workshop on the Mayan calendar and 2012, as well as a ‘training course’ in something called ‘Quantum Healing Hypnosis’. [...]

Immunity: a short film about vaccination

This will move you. Immunity, by Startail Tumbler productions Last week, Jasmine took part in a film-making marathon called Kino Kabaret, a short film festival in which film-makers are challenged to shepherd a film from idea to screen in 32 hours. ‘Immunity’, embedded above, is Jasmine’s contribution.

What is herd immunity?

 Why do you care if I don’t vaccinate my children? If your vaccines were really that effective, you shouldn’t care, should you? This is by far the most common argument I hear from anti-vaxxers. If we pretend that I don’t care whether non-vaccinators or their children get ill, then at least I’m ok, because [...]

One for MediaWatch: anti-vaccination nonsense on ABC Science! #StopAVN

Among the many successes of Stop The Australian Vaccination Network, the correction of false balance has been one of the most important. Time was, whenever a big story related to vaccination broke, out would bustle Meryl Dorey of the AVN to offer her opinion in the interests of ‘putting the other side’. But unlike politics, [...]