The Strange remains the same for 23 June 2014

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
~Helen Keller

Psychic medium visits Lake Erie College to film ‘Beyond the Erie’ » Local News » The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio.

US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany.

Cult Woman Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for 'Exorcism' Killing – All China Women's Federation.

Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses – NYTimes.com.

Mystery dog appears in locked car – The Local.

Vic palm reader jailed for assaults – Yahoo!7.

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  5 comments for “The Strange remains the same for 23 June 2014

  1. James G
    June 24, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Judge Upholds Policy….

    “Disease is pestilence,” Ms. Check said, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”

    This does not raise my confidence in this person’s ability to make a reasonable and informed choice for her child. Up here in Canada they’ve been barring students from schools for being unvaccinated during an outbreak, but I don’t think there’s any policy insisting they be vaccinated otherwise.

    A lot of the infections have been coming from overseas. There are countries that won’t let you enter without a yellow fever vaccination, it’s too bad we can’t insist people entering or returning from abroad have a measles vaccination.

  2. Bill D'Arcy
    June 24, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    I find the anti-vaccination story weird in so many directions.

    First the religious angle…. I cannot understand how a believer thinks that germs associate with the devil; surely they would be part of God’s creation. Likewise, I cannot understand any believer’s interpretation that disease and pestilence is the devil’s punishment; the plagues of Egypt are explicitly written in Exodus as punishment sent by the Lord. Then there is the notion that trust is sure protection against disease (and death). This would seem to deny the concept of God “calling you to his bosom”. So the religion is very muddled. Maybe the reporter got the quote wrong. And I can’t see how the requirement of vaccination by the state violates any right to free exercise of religion.

    Then there is the parenting angle… Do these people really want to send their unprotected children to a school where there is a case of infectious disease? Or are they simply objecting to the concept that the state has the capacity to exclude their children? Crying “Discrimination!” and assuming they are being disadvantaged. I can see how people could misunderstand the relative risks between vaccination and exposure to infectious diseases, but that is completely different from insisting on sending your children to be near an identified disease case.

    The only encouraging part of the story is that there are three families in the court case, not three million.

  3. skeptictmac57
    June 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Is there any word whether the student rescued from the vagina sculpture has claimed to now be born again?

  4. Tribeca Mike
    June 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    “A closed paranormal investigation of the building followed the discussion, the results of which will be the first episode to be sent to various channels to possibly be picked up.”

    It’s obvious that they don’t know how the television biz works. It’s a bit more complicated than that, to say the least.

  5. Bonnie
    June 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    “Disease is pestilence,” Ms. Check said, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”

    This reminds me of a woman I knew years ago. She was convinced that the act of saying grace before eating eliminated all bad bacteria and poisons. Which is similar to the belief of some fellow Catholics (a small minority, I hope!) that consecration takes care of any bacteria, especially in the wine or on the lip of the cup. This is NOT what the Church teaches! One reason I sit in the front pew is because I can be the 2nd person to drink. If I’m farther back, or if it’s cold season, or if I’m slightly ill, I abstain.

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