Virginia Atheists

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Virginia Atheists

A group for Virginia Atheists, Humanists and Freethinkers.

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Latest Activity: Sep 8

Virginia Atheists

Welcome to Virginia Atheists! This is a group for Atheists, Humanists and Freethinkers in Virginia to network and discuss events, groups, news, or whatever else you can come up with.

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Comment by Aiden on June 9, 2009 at 12:18pm
@Matt

It's only a primary anyway, so those of us registered as Independents are not allowed to vote today.
Comment by It's just Matt on June 9, 2009 at 12:08pm
Vote! Vote! Vote!

I should have made a thread earlier, aahhh, no wonder they expect less than 5% percent turnout for today's primary election.
Comment by Preston on June 8, 2009 at 1:54am
Greeting my fellow nontheists.

Preston
Comment by Reality Activist on June 7, 2009 at 8:18pm
Comment by Aiden on June 2, 2009 at 12:28pm
Center for Inquiry, DC

Voices of Reason- Steven Salzberg: Autism & Vaccines: How Bad Science Confuses the Press & Harms the Public

Sunday, June 14th 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ten years ago, an article appeared in the medical journal The Lancet that suggested a link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella. The article was widely cited in the popular press in England, and vaccination rates began to fall. Further investigations revealed that the data in the study had been manipulated, and that the principal scientist had a major conflict of interest, with the result that 10 of his 12 co-authors repudiated the study's findings.

Numerous scientific studies since 1998, all done in response to the original Lancet article, have failed to find any link between autism and vaccines. Despite this, a few scientists and doctors continue to push the connection, often accompanying their claims with promises of "alternative" treatments for autism. The press keeps the issue alive by reporting "the controversy," often accompanying their reports with emotional testimonials from parents, including several celebrities. As a consequence of this publicity, vaccination rates are now falling in the United States, leading to alarming new outbreaks of diseases.

Scientists and skeptics need to act to quell the rumors and educate the public, so that vaccines, one of the greatest medical successes in history, remain an effective tool in our fight against disease.

For more information about this event, visit the CFI online calendar.
Comment by Reality Activist on May 20, 2009 at 8:50pm
Cookout and Beach Party at Rocky Point State Park on Sat., June 13 from 11am to 7pm. Bring the kids. Bring your own food. A grill will be available. Alcohol prohibited. Lifeguard on Duty. All atheist groups in Md., DC and Va. have been invited.
Website: (cut and paste)
http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/countyparks/rockypoint/index.html
Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on May 4, 2009 at 12:54pm
shhh... I was happy too quick; in May 7 I'll work for 15 hours. Well, it will be another day
Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on May 4, 2009 at 12:50pm
great, thank's Christian, Eris bless you.
Comment by Christian (ohh the irony) on May 4, 2009 at 12:45pm
There's a group is based out of richmond, Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association...meeting this Thursday at the Tuckahoe Library @ 6:30 PM Here's a link to the event, looks like ~12 people are signed up to attend
http://brights.meetup.com/150/calendar/10282924/
Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on May 4, 2009 at 12:34pm
ok, it is one hour away. My schedule is pretty busy but maybe someday will meet (I'll stay in VA for 3 more months). I'd like to spend some good quality time with like-minded people before I go to Houston. Ah, I should look for that group too. I came from Chicago recently and I don't know too many people in Richmond.
 

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