Hausers still missing, but not their Nemenhah lawyer 3

Cancer patient Daniel Hauser, 13, and his mother, Colleen, are still eluding law enforcement officials, but their lawyer, Susan Daya Hamwi (right), says she is not with them. Hamwi was last seen with the Hausers in Brown County, Minnesota, on Monday. Like the Hausers, Hamwi, a California-based lawyer, is a member of the alt-med, pseudo-Native American Nemenhah Band “religious” group. The Hausers were spotted in the Los Angeles area earlier this week. Hamwi told The Associated Press she was at home and not with the medical fugitives, whom authorities believe intend to enter Mexico. The Hausers say their religion opposes chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Daniel, who has stage 2B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They believe the Nemenhah Band‘s herbal therapies will cure Daniel. Medical doctors, however, say that without conventional treatments Daniel’s lymphoma will ultimately kill him. After a lengthy court proceeding last week, a Brown County judge ruled that the Hausers had to agree to conventional cancer treatments, or Daniel would be placed in foster care and compelled to undergo standard medical procedures. Colleen and Daniel Hauser, accompanied by Hamwi, made a court-mandated visit to a clinic Monday. After an X-ray showed a growing tumor in Daniel’s chest, the three ...

Hauser boy, mother flee for Mexico to evade mandated cancer treatment 1

[Updated 11 am May 21 China Time] JISHOU, HUNAN — Alternative medicine believer Colleen Hauser has taken her son, Daniel, 13, and may be heading to Mexico, according to news reports. Mrs. Hauser and Daniel were spotted in southern California, and perhaps will try to enter Mexico to get Daniel treatment for his stage 2B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They were reportedly accompanied by a third person, either their lawyer or another young lymphoma patient, who beat cancer through alt-med means. perhaps their lawyer. A Brown County, Minn., judge had last week ordered Daniel’s parents to get conventional medical treatment for Daniel, despite their unwillingness to do so. Colleen and Daniel Hauser visited a clinic to get Daniel’s chest X-rayed Monday morning; with them was their attorney, Susan Daya Hamwi. Hamwi and the Hausers are all subscribe to the Nemenhah Band, an alt-med pseudo-Native American “religious” group. The Hausers are white and self-described Roman Catholics. The clinic told the three that Daniel’s tumor had gotten larger, and that he needed to visit an oncologist right away. Instead, they left, saying they had “other places to go,” missing a court appearance that afternoon. The judge has issued a warrant for Colleen’s Hauser’s arrest ...

Judge rules Minnesota boy must have cancer treatment 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled a 13-year-old boy with a highly treatable form of cancer must seek medical treatment over his parents’ objections. Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg ruled Friday that Daniel Hauser of Sleepy Eye has been “medically neglected” and is in need of child protection services. Rodenberg said Daniel will stay in the custody of his parents, but Colleen and Anthony Hauser have until May 19 to get an updated chest X-ray for their son and select an oncologist. Doctors have said Daniel’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma had up to a 90 percent chance of being cured with chemotherapy and radiation. Without those treatments, doctors said his chances of survival are 5 percent. So much for the Native American church defense. Hauser’s parents, and Daniel himself, insisted their religion — subscription to a sketchy Mormon/New Age/pseudo-Native-American church — requires them to treat illness only with natural remedies. Daniel had one chemo session, and the family refused further chemo treatment, saying that the boy is healthy now. The Hausers are white and Catholic, but some time ago they joined the Nemenhah Band, a group that identifies itself as Native American. The Nemenhah supposedly came to the New ...

Ohio teen has fun, Xian school suspends him

JISHOU, HUNAN — Findlay, Ohio, teen Tyler Frost stuck to his guns this weekend and flouted his church school’s rules against dancing and listening to rock music. He went to his girlfriend’s prom, and got suspended. Go, Tyler! His local paper, The Courier, printed this photo of Tyler and his sweetheart having some additional non-fundie fun in the parking lot of her school. (Caution: This photo may lead to thoughts of lust and … dancing. I am not responsible for any consequences that may ensue.) To recap this little story of life in Jesusland, Frost is a senior at Heritage Christian School, a conservative Baptist school that forbids dancing, listening to rock music, and other such sinful behavior. Tyler’s girlfriend, Rebecca Smoody, attends Findlay High School, which in addition to having a traditional senior prom also condones dancing and listening to rock music. The couple wanted to attend the prom together. FHS requires guests of its students to get permission from their own schools’ principals to attend the FHS prom. Frost did, but his principal said if he went, Frost would violate HCS behavioral regulations and face suspension. Frost and his family feel the HCS regs should only pertain to ...

A sad, curious tale of rampant duplicity and stupidity 36

[UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, Jon Tevlin of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has also taken a critical look at the dubious “Native American” connections of Nemenhah. He is not convinced either.] JISHOU, HUNAN — The degree to which frauds can dupe the unsuspecting and to which otherwise intelligent people can believe utter nonsense never ceases to amaze me. Take the sad case of Daniel Hauser, 13, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He and his parents refused chemotherapy after his first treatment, saying it is contrary to their religious beliefs. Their refusal led the Brown County (Minn.) Attorney’s office to file a child endangerment complaint against the parents. The case is now in court. The Hausers are “traditional catholics,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but the crux of their defense is their membership in the Nemenhah. Their attorneys insist that the Nemenhah’s religious beliefs are protected by federal Indian Affairs law, so the Hausers can do whatever they bloody well please. The Star Trib and other media sources identify the Nemenhah as “an American Indian religious organization.” Well, it ain’t. The Hausers are probably very nice people, and perhaps they would prefer not to see their young son suffer through ...

What is up with Ohio?

JISHOU, HUNAN — It’s either her prom or your graduation, a Christian high school in Findlay, Ohio, has told Tyler Frost, 17. If Frost goes to his girlfriend’s prom at the worldly Findlay High School, Heritage Christian School will suspend him, thereby depriving Frost of the chance to participate in his graduation ceremony. The boy, bless his little romantic heart, plans to attend his girlfriend’s prom anyway. He’s never been to a dance before. Attaboy, Tyler! Heritage Christian School, a Baptist torture chamber prison camp gulag school, forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding and kissing, I guess because Jesus didn’t do that kind of worldly stuff. I have my doubts about that. There’s that whole thing about water into wine… Anyway, Frost followed the rules for Findlay High and got his principal’s permission to attend the bacchanalia orgy Animal House party prom. “I expected a short lecture about making the right decisions and not doing something stupid,” Frost said. “I thought I would get his signature and that would be the end.” [Heritage Principal Tim] England acknowledged signing the form but warned Frost there would be consequences if he attended the dance. England then took the issue to a school committee ...

Teh Bibul 1

The LOLcats craze pretty much passed me by. LOLcats are cute, sometimes funny, but they get on my nerves after awhile. Other folks have a lot more patience than I have. Volunteers are translating the Bible into LOLcat-speak. And I have to admit, it’s pretty funny in parts — the translation, I mean. Here’s an excerpt. Adam an Eve (bad kittehs) meet teh snake. GENESIS 3: Bad Kittehs 1 Nao teh snakez wuz mor shneakay than any beest ov teh field which Ceiling Cat had made. An he meowed unto teh woah man kitteh, liek I herd that Ceiling Cat said, u shall not eated frum any tree ov teh garden? Even dem trees on dat plate? 2 An teh woman said unto teh snakez, i can haz froot ov teh garden!3 but ov teh fruit ov teh tree which iz in teh midel ov teh garden, Ceiling Cat sez, dun eatz it cuz if u eatz it he mek u ded. 4 An teh snakez sed unto teh womenz, he no mek u ded:5 4 Ceiling Cat noes dat, teh dai u eat dat froot, den u gon b able to c, An u be liek Ceiling Cat, knowin ...

Catalonian teens launch balloon, take photos from 30 km up

Four students and their teacher in Cataluña, Spain, sent a Nikon Coolpix digital camera into the upper atmosphere recently, and captured some impressive photos. Here’s one: More photos and a complete report of their experiments are at their blog and their flickr page. The Big Picture at the Boston Globe also has the photos. Incidentally, the team’s blog is in Catalan, the language of Cataluña, but they have thoughtfully provided an instant-translation link for the Catalan-challenged.

Iowa ‘academic freedom’ bill dies a quiet death 2

JISHOU, HUNAN — Yet another attempt to weasel creationism/Intelligent Design into public schools has died after an “academic freedom” bill failed to leave a subcommittee in the Iowa legislature yesterday. The bill purportedly would have protected instructors from punishment or job loss if they presented “scientific information relevant to the full range of scientific views regarding chemical and biological evolution.” In fact, it was a ploy to enable suitably minded instructors to teach creationism or ID alongside evolutionary theory. Wording that is almost identical appears on a web page sponsored by the Discovery Institute, a pro-ID “thinktank.” Full details are at The Panda’s Thumb. Lest you think the bill might have had merit, allow me to provide a brief introduction to “creation science.” ID is just a variation of creationism, accepting an older age of the universe. Creationism holds that: The account in Genesis is literal and true. God created everything in six days, about 6,000 years ago. Before Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, all animals were vegetarians, death was non-existent, and predation/parasitism were unnecessary. God got pissed at Adam and Eve, and that wily serpent in the Tree, and cursed ...

For God and Kentucky

JISHOU, HUNAN — I used to live in Kentucky. It’s a beautiful state, full of great people, but afflicted with legislators who are mostly terminally stupid. In that, I suppose, the Bluegrass State is not unique. There’s a whole lotta stupid goin’ on. (Take Zimbabwe, for example.) Kentucky’s latest contribution to stupidity was the inclusion of “Almighty God” in two state statutes a few years back dealing with the state’s homeland security. Someone finally caught wind of the terminology and has filed suit in state court to have the offending laws rewritten. The someone is the group, American Atheists. So you can already predict how the religious right and right-wing radioheads will react: “Godless atheists are trying to destroy our Christian nation! Blah blah blah …!” I mean, the American Atheists have a point, but why couldn’t the plaintiffs been someone less obvious a target for right-wing vitriol, like maybe the Presbyterians headquartered in Louisville? The right-wing blather will only obscure the real issue, which I hope the courts will settle quickly. Our laws cannot invoke God without running afoul of the US Constitution, specifically this part: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the ...

Remember Expelled? Roger Ebert doesn’t like it, either.

Like a lot of other science bloggers, I spent a lot of time dissecting the anti-evolution movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, after its release last spring. Since I did not want to contribute any money to the people who made that anti-intellectual POS, I only critiqued the freely available background information. And I am proud to say I still haven’t seen the movie. I figured I’d wait until either it was dirt cheap in the DVD remainder bin, at the Goodwill, or available in the torrent channels. Famed film critic Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, must have had the same idea. He waited until now to publish a review of Expelled in his blog. Briefly speaking, he doesn’t like it, not one bit. Two thumbs down. I don’t think he much cares for Ben Stein, the narrator and promoter of the film, either. He concludes his scathing analysis of the film, its promoters and Stein’s opportunism thusly: Ben Stein is only getting warmed up. He takes a field trip to visit one “result” of Darwinism: Nazi concentration camps. “As a Jew,” he says, “I wanted to see for myself.” We see footage of gaunt, skeletal prisoners. Pathetic children. A ...

Moment of silence ≠ prayer?

JISHOU, HUNAN — A religious nutjob in Southport, Indiana, made a scene during a city council meeting recently, because the meetings no longer start with a spoken prayer. Instead, on the insistence of the new Republican mayor, they open with a moment of silence. So, as soon as the moment of silence started, David Lynch, 70, started praying loudly in the council chambers. When he was told to be quiet, he got louder. Eventually, the chief of police had to drag away him in cuffs. Lynch had earlier told the Indianapolis Star that “a moment of silence is not prayer.” While I doubt that Lynch reads my blog, I will nevertheless quote some Scripture — some of few words in the NT that scholars believe Jesus actually spoke. [5] “When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward. [6] But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father ...
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