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Scientology’s anti-vaxxer celebrities are responsible for making America sick: report

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A growing number of Americans believe vaccines are unnecessary or even dangerous — and celebrity Scientologists are at least partially to blame.

A recent survey found that about 87 percent of pediatricians had encountered vaccine refusals, up from 75 percent in 2006, and three-fourths of those parents said they believed vaccinations were unnecessary for diseases eradicated through widespread immunization.

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Another survey found that one in 10 Americans — especially those under 30 — actually believed vaccines were unsafe.

Celebrity skeptics are a lot like others who distrust vaccines — they tend to seek out natural products and organic food and practice attachment parenting and alternative medicine.

Their celebrity lends them credibility to their fans, who follow their advice on diet, exercise and parenting.

But many celebrity skeptics share something else in common with one another: Scientology.

The Hollywood Reporter found a noteworthy number of the highest-profile vaccine skeptics are Scientologists — including Danny Masterson, Juliette Lewis, Jenna Elfman and Kirstie Alley.

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Another prominent vaccine skeptic, Jenny McCarthy, is rumored to be involved in Scientology, which she began exploring while dating Jim Carrey — another skeptic.

The Church of Scientology takes no official position on immunization, and practitioners do take prescribed medication and seek medical advice from doctors.

But the organization promotes a controversial “purification rundown” cleansing program, which Scientologists use to treat drug abuse and toxic exposure.

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Some former Scientologists say could seed mistrust in vaccinations, because vaccines could also be seen as “potentially hurtful,” said ex-Scientologist Claire Headley.

The organization also hosted an anti-vaxx event at one of its Los Angeles community centers featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who believes in a link between vaccines and autism, and biochemist Brian Hooker, another immunization skeptic.

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But mostly, another former member said, Scientologists take pride in holding views that are outside the mainstream.

“Smugness is an understatement,” said ex-Scientologist Spanky Taylor. “It’s an arrogance.”


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‘Schumer is the Devil!’ Screaming pro-Trump protester storms the Senate gallery before being seized by Capitol police

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On Wednesday, during the second night of arguments in the impeachment trial, the Senate chamber was startled by a screaming protester — evidently opposed to removal of President Donald Trump — charging the gallery before being seized and thrown out by Capitol police.

The protester, who reportedly was shouting about abortion and calling on senators to dismiss the charges, was ordered ejected from the chamber by Chief Justice John Roberts. He continued to shout as he was being removed from the premises.

A protester just burst into the Senate gallery, Gallery 5, across chamber from the dais, yelling something like "Jesus Christ! They're trying to overturn the election!" Capitol Police instantly grabbed him and pulled him out to the hall. Yelling continued. #impeachmenttrial

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Mitch McConnell just gave Democrats a huge gift — by publicly tainting any acquittal of Trump: columnist

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It seems all but inevitable that the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will end with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mustering the votes to block conviction, no matter what the evidence says and no matter whether Democrats successfully bring in new witnesses and documents.

But McConnell has already handed a victory to Democrats in one key aspect, wrote columnist E. J. Dionne for the Washington Post. His handling of the trial has removed any possibility that impeachment will bolster the president's approval — and emboldened Democrats to take their case to the American people as hard as they can. Indeed, wrote Dionne, Democrats "owe a debt" to McConnell.

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Here is how Jason Crow ‘pulled rank’ on John Roberts — and exposed the Chief Justice’s bias

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Former Army Ranger Jason Crow repeatedly drew upon his experience serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his prosecution of President Donald Trump as an impeachment manager.

Crow, who was awarded the Bronze Star and retired as a Captain, attended law school after his military service before successfully winning a seat in Congress during the 2018 midterm elections.

Elie Mystal, a justice correspondent for The Nation magazine, explained how Crow pulled rank on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Mystal broked down how Crow put Roberts in his place with the subtle question of whether senators were getting restless and needed a break.

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