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    By Matt Zapotosky
    It wasn’t hard to see why the Justice Department prosecuted Louis Daniel Smith for selling misbranded drugs. By their account, the 46-year-old was selling a substance t […]

    • This could just as easily be reported as a story about the abuses of medical science. But we all know this is not a story about religion or science. It is the story of one man and his crimes against innocent and desperate people. It is simply convenient for those who wish to look at what is called a church and then talk as though this is typical of what churches do. It is cheap and unworthy of a community that claims to be guided by reason. Christians, believers of all kinds, are caricatured as automatons in this world. I congratulate those commenting here so far for demonstrating blind faith by obeying Richard Dawkins’ ‘command’ to mock religion. Now we know what blind faith looks like and you have done humanity a great service.

    • Mike Tea #4
      Mar 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      This could just as easily be reported as a story about the abuses of medical science.

      It is in fact the abuse of using medical religious pseudo-science.

      But we all know this is not a story about religion or science.

      Actually it IS about a religious cult which describes him as a bishop in the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing, which has made the elixir the center piece of its religion.
      I realise that faith-blinkers inhibit reading skills!

      It is the story of one man and his crimes against innocent and desperate people.

      @OP – But MMS and testimonials about its effectiveness continue to proliferate online, largely because of the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing. Church leaders put on costly seminars

      I always thought the word “leaders” was plural!

      It is simply convenient for those who wish to look at what is called a church and then talk as though this is typical of what churches do. It is cheap and unworthy of a community that claims to be guided by reason. Christians, believers of all kinds, are caricatured as automatons in this world.

      I see you use the Fallacy Of Extension attacking an exaggerated or caricatured version of your opponent’s position, in place of a reasoned comment – along with the “No true Scotsman fallacy”!

      I congratulate those commenting here so far for demonstrating blind faith by obeying Richard Dawkins’ ‘command’ to mock religion.

      We only mock religions which are deserving of mockery, but we also mock fallacious thinkers who produce knee-jerk preaching and posturing on lecturing others on “being guided by reason”!

      Now we know what blind faith looks like and you have done humanity a great service.

      That’s alright! Readers here also know what psychological projection looks like, particularly when it is motivated by tribalistic blind faith and “No True Scotsman” denial!

    • I’m about to the point where, in a society that has 97% literacy and access to education, I say let people be stupid and let some people make money from them. It’s NOT the same as saying we must act to protect the public because 70% of our population is illiterate and thus unable to get good information themselves. No, they are choosing what they want or prefer to believe. You can protect the ignorant from others but not the stupid from themselves.

    • “There’s a sucker born every minute” and “You get what you pay for and then some”
      comes to mind…