Do you value evidence based healthcare and health-related policies? On June 17th MPs can decide who will chair the Health Select Committee. The two potential candidates for chair are:
- Dr Sarah Wollaston MP – Member of Parliament for Totnes
- David Tredinnick MP – Member of Parliament for Bosworth
Why should skeptics care?
David Tredinnick is a fan of Medical Astrology and once claimed £210 for astrology software and £300 for tuition for the software. He believes that surgeons do not operate when the moon is full as it causes increased bleeding, he has spoken in the house on funding for Chinese herbal medicine, accusing critics of being racist and his questions in parliament have promoted homeopathy, radionics (remote psychic healing) and astrology. He has also been involved in campaigns to promote herbalism and has also been the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare since 2002.
Is this really a man what you want to chair the Select Health Committee – the governmental committee appointed to examine and assess the policies of the Department of Health?
Visit Write To Them.com to write directly to your MP today. Pop in your postcode and follow the instructions.
The Good Thinking Society have provided a letter template than you can copy and paste here.
Scientology has been in the public eye for a very long time, & much criticism has been levelled their way, the most recent being the case against Cllr. John Dixon in what was termed the ‘Stupid Scientology’ case.
Martin Poulter has been a critic of Scientology for a long time, here he explains what his talk (that he delivered to Lewes Skeptics, but will be delivering for Bath Skeptics in June) is going to be about.
Martin also recently appeared on Channel 4’s ‘4thought.tv’ in the week that marked the centenary of the birth of Scientology founder, Ron L Hubbard. Watch him here.
Don’t leave it there though! Come along on June 21st to learn more about Scientology and how there’s more to the ‘religion’ than you probably know.
“As somebody who thought she was well researched on the truth of Scientology, I once interviewed Martin about the religion and his criticism of it and I came away from the interview in a state of shock at what I had learned.
When you listen to Martin, what he says brings you a sense of discomfort that leaves you wanting to learn more. ” Hayley Stevens, Righteous Indignation Podcast
Date for your diary
Bath Skeptics in the Pub with Martin Poulter
June 21st, 7:30pm at The Westgate [details here]
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