Belief/Superstition

Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

We are again pleased to bring you news of brilliant skeptical activism from UK’s Good Thinking Society as they expose former fraud televangelist Peter Popoff. He’s back to his old tricks “healing” people. But also, he has what appears to be a lucrative fund-raising plan that demands money from patrons in exchange for gimmicks and…

Burning down the house

News Short: This guy needs some help. Maybe he will get it in prison for 5 years or more. Joshua A. Witman, 34, told police he set fire to the home because aliens were living in the walls of the home and a basement was a portal for demons. Source: Lancaster County man sentenced for…

Am I evil? No, I’m 4 and left-handed.

In a “what century is it again?” moment from Oklahoma, a parent of a preschooler must take action against a teacher who thinks being left handed is a sign of evil. Source: Oklahoma Pre-K teacher allegedly calls being left-handed ‘evil’ and ‘sinister’ | KFOR.com A 4-year-old was allegedly forced by his teacher to write with…

Rumors are that it will be a disastrous week

A Blood Moon prophetic disaster? The restart of the LHC makes big bang of doom? Mercury in retrograde? Heaven forfend! There are all these weird noises too! What does it all mean? The Apocalypse? Well if you buy into tabloids, and religious and conspiracy sites hype (specifically from the WND site), it sounds like the…

Superstitious beliefs work against tormented family in Zimbabwe

A nine-member family including small children have been experiencing mysterious fires in their home in a village in Zimbabwe. They have had to flee and they can’t find help. Source: Mystery fires guts down homestead | The Chronicle The Nkomo family of Tabi Line in Magaya village, Ward 17 yesterday told The Chronicle how the inexplicable…

Practitioner treating spirit possession stabbed to death

A faith “healer” was stabbed to death at a spiritual centre for treating black magic and demonic possession in East London. Father-of-three Zakariyya Islam was killed at the Ruqya Therapy Centre’s base in Whitechapel. Source: Whitechapel murder: Faith ‘healer’ stabbed to death at black magic treatment centre A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene. Mr…

“Witchcraft plane” sighted in Malawi

A “witchcraft plane”? This is the first I’ve heard of such a thing but it’s causing trouble. Kasungu Police Station and Gundani in Kasungu District, on Monday became centres of attraction on Monday as hundreds of people flocked to the places to see an alleged witchcraft plane. Source: Witchcraft plane crash’ causes commotion in Kasungu…

The myth of Satanic cults still affects the US

Worth a (long) read: America’s dark days in fear of secret Satanism, cults, horrific animal and child abuse. It never happened. Psychotherapists continue the same flawed methods that resulted in innocent people jailed for decades. What does the Church of Satan have to do with this? How quack psychology helped pundits invent the Satanic Panic of…

Children with albinism seek help and safety from witchcraft brutality

Magical thinking may sound harmless but in today’s modern times, people are hacking off the limbs of special children thinking they are magic charms. It’s unimaginable but it continues. Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has been creating artificial limbs for children, including albino victims from Tanzania, who have had their limbs cut off by…

Wayne Dyer, self-help guru and advocate of positive thinking, dies at 75

Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help guru whose wrote the best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” as a guide to better living, has died at 75. Dyer was promoted by Oprah Winfrey and several other celebrities. While self-help advice is typically harmless and may be advantageous to some people, the disturbing role of Dyer was to suggest that…

Dangerous times in India as another rationalist is killed

Scholar and academic, Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, has been assassinated in what appears to be retaliation against his outspoken views of Hinduism and his denouncing of superstition. He was 77. His murder is reminiscent of that of Narendra Dabholkar in August of 2013. Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified…

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet. NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking…

Creationists foiled again: Ancient rock painting is NOT a pterosaur

The interpretation of ancient rock paintings of Utah’s Black Dragon Canyon should finally be put to rest. But it won’t be. Source: ‘Winged Monster’ Rock Art Finally Deciphered Now, using cutting-edge technology, researchers suggest the red paintings show five separate images, including a tall bug-eyed person, a smaller person, a sheep, a dog and a serpentlike…

Dear John Oliver: Preach it, brother

John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight takes it to greedy televangelists and those preaching the “prosperity Gospel” and “seeding”. Give money (seed) to get money. And people give… But it gets worse, some preachers push faith healing and collect money for their claims that God will heal. And people give… Oliver exposes the bizarre legality…

Suffocation death by rosary

Francesca Martire, 61, is accused of stuffing a rosary down her the throat of her 93-year old mother in an attempt to ‘cleanse’ her of evil spirits on May 27. Source: London art dealer arrested in Italy for suspicion of murdering her mother with rosary beads – Telegraph Italian-born Francesca Martire, 61, who ran a…

Pastor that encouraged eating live snakes is arrested and under investigation, his church burned

Originally published 26-July 2015, updated Eating live snakes? Not my, or any sane person’s, idea of a reasonable action. But, people really believe this stuff and follow this megalomaniac pastor into the abyss of uncritical thought. A 24-year-old self-styled South African prophet who allegedly commanded a snake to turn into chocolate, then had his parishioners feast…

Vatican astronomer talks about extraterrestrial life, does not say UFOs are real

The Vatican’s official astronomer talks about life in the universe and drifts into intelligent life, like us. Headline writers went nuts. The remarks come after the finding of Kepler 452b, an earth-like planet that may be hospitable to life. Source: Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens – IrishCentral.com The Pope’s chief astronomer Father Jose Funes…

Oh those crazy Raelians, Part Jew

The last time we visited the Raelians, they were planning to build an extraterrestrial welcome center: Oh those crazy Raelians! Now, they have replaced the Jews. Is+Rael = Israel? Apparently so. They are pretty angry about the Jews treating their idea of the embassy with contempt and dissing the prophet Rael. Heeb Magazine disclosed a statement from the…