June 28, 2008

This Is The Harm

When I go off on the occasional skeptical rant about some nonsense like astrologists or psychics I always get the, "What's the harm?" question.

Here's the harm.

A single mom struggling with all her might to raise her 11-year-old autistic daughter and is called to a meeting in which the principal and vice-principal thought it was appropriate to scare her to death with tales of her daughter's alleged sexual abuse. They'd already called Child Services. Good thing the Child Services folks had cooler heads than these moronic administrators.

Why were they morons? The only evidence came from a psychic.

"The teacher looked and me and said: 'We have to tell you something. The educational assistant who works with Victoria went to see a psychic last night, and the psychic asked the educational assistant at that particular time if she works with a little girl by the name of "V." And she said 'yes, I do.' And she said, 'well, you need to know that that child is being sexually abused by a man between the ages of 23 and 26.'"

That anyone would put this woman through that is the harm.

Whenever you think or hear someone ask, "What's the harm?"

Send them this link.