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Truth Rears its Ugly Head in Virginia PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 14 December 2008 00:00

Brandon Creasy, a 16-year-old junior student in Franklin County, Virginia, at the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, claims that an opinion piece he wrote backing the theory of evolution is being censored by the school's principal, Kevin Bezy. The student believes that Bezy had problems with the piece because the he doesn't believe in evolution. Apparently, the principal felt that there was a potential for community backlash, something that any elected official must fear, regardless of the principles involved - pun fully intended.

This was an opinion piece, not a sermon nor a news article, and young Creasy says that he has no plans to revise what he wrote. He will resubmit it as is. SWIFT offers here the complete article; we'd like to hear from readers what they think of Brandon's effort.

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The Latest Virgin News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Saturday, 13 December 2008 00:00

Reader Marshall Pierce in Milwaukee alerts us:

Once, statues in churches cried REAL tears and bled real blood. But, this tops that! This is THE MOST insane I have ever heard. You will NOT believe this one!

Umm, Marshall, I'll believe that the woo-woos will say or print anything, particularly the church! Never challenge me on this! But you can try...

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Tune In! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 11 December 2008 22:44

massimoOur most excellent friend in Italy Massimo Polidoro now has a YouTube channel with some of his TV appearances in English at: http://www.youtube.com/MassimoPolidoro. I think you can realize just how effectively I influenced this remarkable skeptic by inviting him to learn at my knee for a couple of years, well before the JREF was brought into existence. Ah, if only I had another dozen like Massimo...!

 
Free Tote Bag with any JREF Book or DVD Purchase! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 17:14

bagFor a limited time, you can receive a free JREF tote bag with the purchase of any book or DVD from our store. Simply add the tote bag to your cart, and enter coupon "freetote" into the shopping cart as you check out. It's our thank you for helping to support the JREF this holiday season.

These tough, weather-ready bags feature Velcro enclosures, ventilated external pocket, reinforced handles, and JREF logo. It's a $10 value, so claim yours today at the JREF Store.

 
CONVICTION: Theft Under a False Pretense PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 12:00

The San Jose Mercury News reports the following:

A 27-year-old woman who allegedly is from a family of fraudulent psychics has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for tricking a brokenhearted woman out of $108,000 and a Corvette, after she promised to rid her of evil spirits.

The conviction was for "Theft Under a False Pretense," which I think is a fine charge to make against those who claim psychic abilities and ask for money to demonstrate them.

But wait! There's more to this story...

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