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Washington, DC Atheists

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Washington, DC Atheists

This group is for all the freethinkers in the Washington, DC area!

Location: Washington, DC, USA
Members: 66
Latest Activity: Oct 31, 2012

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Comment by Judy Freedman on June 23, 2010 at 9:55am
Hi I'm in Rockville and have a very limited social life because everyone is so into their church or synagogue. Looking for women friends to do ordinary things with, and hopefully for a sewing, knitting, etc. buddy.
Comment by Scronny on December 5, 2009 at 5:24pm
Hey everybody (Hopefully someone is reading). I'm looking for like-minded friends in the area. If you're not a serial killer, please shoot me a line. All my local friends are theists (bless their hearts) and I need to meet some local heathens!
Comment by Reality Activist on June 17, 2009 at 11:31am
We has so much fun last Sat. that we decided to do it again at Rocky Point. Refer to the link on the previous post for details about Rocky Point. (11am to 7pm on 7/11)
Comment by Reality Activist on June 7, 2009 at 7:16pm
Comment by Aiden on June 2, 2009 at 12:30pm
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 22, 2009 at 8:07am
Regional Atheist Beach cookout at Rocky Point, Baltimore, Md on Sat June 13...11am to 7pm
Comment by Ralph Dumain on February 12, 2009 at 9:34pm
I'm guessing this group is inactive because there are so many other venues for cybercommunication in the DC area, esp. the meetups.
 

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