And our Number One scam of the year of 2019 is a demonstration of what can happen when religion and pseudoscience meet:

In April 2019, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), through its Patriarchal Commission on Family Affairs, Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, adopted a resolution on the right of parents to refuse vaccination of their children.

The resolution was welcomed by anti-vaccine groups in the Balkans.  It states that parents “retain the right to make decisions about their children’s health, including [in regards to] preventive vaccines, without being subject to pressure”, and that “persecution of parents for exercising this right is unacceptable.”

All of us at CFIC wish you and yours a happy, healthy and scam-free new year – let’s hope that 2020 helps us all see a bit more clearly!