Belief/Superstition

Florida cops become cult “experts” regarding triple homicide (UPDATE: Wicca conflation)

Allegations of a witchcraft sacrifice during a full moon? This story is FULL of doubtful “facts” that propagate harmful myths. A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a “Wiccan ritual killing” related to the “blue” moon, police said Tuesday. The three victims, all from the same family, were found after a welfare check…

Anti-witchcraft educational camps launched in rural parts of India

News smidgen: Police in India encourage people not to practice witchcraft in order to avoid being arrested, ostracized or killed. Ignorance, illiteracy, ill health and a strong belief in the witchcraft are some of the reasons for the wide practice of “sorcery” and belief in superstition in rural areas of India. Alarmed over the increase in sorcery-related incidents,…

Today in Exorcism for July 31, 21st century

I am unclear why today has delivered me three stories on exorcism. It’s a hot topic, damn it. Maybe because The Vatican Tapes is showing. But the rite of exorcism is no more relevant or non-fictional than it was centuries ago. As an enlightened society, we probably should get over the whole demon possession scapegoat thing… it’s modern…

UFO cult, alien possession, Russian spies, with Jesus, at Loch Ness, via telepathy

This story is jam-packed with woo and ridiculousness. I had to read it slowly to pick it all up! SPECIAL branch operatives tailed a UFO cult leader who said he was in telepathic contact with aliens, it emerged today. Source: REVEALED: Special Branch tailed UFO cult leader for FIVE YEARS over fears he was communist.…

Holy Mother’s mouth

Maronite Catholics in Sydney have filmed a painting of the Virgin Mary moving its lips in prayer, believing a miracle is occurring in their church. Source: Virgin Mary painting filmed praying in Sydney church Parishioners at Saint Charbel’s Maronite Catholic Church in Punchbowl in Sydney’s southwest have recorded a painting of the Madonna apparently praying…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…

The neighbor from hell

One would think that living in Glastonbury, this kind of neighbor would be common. Glastonbury woman in court after claiming neighbour was a witch who cursed her A GLASTONBURY woman who waged a campaign of harassment against her neighbour claiming she was a witch and had put a curse on her has been ordered not…

Abusive superstitious thinking against women still alive in India

In Gujarat, a woman was gang raped for eight months, is now pregnant, denied an abortion, and ordered to undergo “purification tests” by her Devipujak community’s local court, a test never administered to men.The Devipujak group adheres to a strong caste and religious system. Women suffer under it. Sometimes it takes months to “purify” the victim. Source: Indian gang…

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street

Very disturbing news about the death of another outspoken writer who promoted science over religious dogma in Bangladesh. This is the FOURTH murder by fundamentalists extremists who object to the non-religious sentiment expressed by these courageous freethinkers. Another free thinker murdered | The Daily Star Blogger and an organiser of local Gonojagoron Mancha, , was…