Belief

Those pesky goblin infestations! Burn the house down!!

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I’m wondering if there is anything for which “goblins” isn’t a kickass excuse. Sangoma in court for torching goblins’ house. A self-styled sangoma from Chief Nyajena area in Masvingo yesterday appeared in court for allegedly setting his uncle’s house on fire because it had goblins. Mike Musiiwa of Mutadzo Village pleaded guilty to arson before Masvingo…

God: I prefer his earlier work

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It seems the devil doesn’t just have the best music, God is deficient in lines of communication from the afterlife too. Various spirits are using social media such as Facebook, and “selfies” on cell-phones to communicate with the living, the creator of the universe apparently favours a more abstract, low-tech approach.  This includes communicating via…

Exorcism death by water

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There is not much information on this one but another example of a mistaken assumption of posession and the dangers of being in the hands of the superstitious. It’s not just Roman Catholics that practice exorcisms. Japan woman dies at hands of professional exorcist – Yahoo!7. Japanese police probing the death of a woman who…

A stark and timely reminder of dangers of archaic superstition

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As the Catholic church recognises the International Association of Exorcists, seemingly adding credence to the concept of demonic possession and exorcism, a stark reminder of the possible consequences of such beliefs has emerged from  Pakistan. The Independent reports: Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman was reportedly beaten to death…

Vatican legitimizes process of exorcism

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This is ridiculous. It raises serious questions about the involvement of religious officials and medical professionals in mental health care. Vatican recognizes International Association of Exorcists – UPI.com. The International Association of Exorcists has been formally recognized by the Vatican’s Holy See, an indication the Catholic Church approves of the controversial practice of exorcism. The…

New skeptical society in New Zealand succeeds in advertising complaint

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A New Zealand skeptical activism group succeeds at getting a faith healing claim chastised and the advertisement removed. It may not be the most dramatic way to do activism but the law is the law, these claims were seen to be misleading. Your belief that God heals has no evidence to back it up, so…

Boko Haram militants fleeing attacks from spirits

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A tipster noticed an interesting bit at the end of this story. Standard Digital News – Nigerian singer offers her virginity to Boko Haram in exchange for kidnapped schoolgirls. Meanwhile, Islamists fighting for Boko Haram are leaving their forest hiding places after a number of senior militants died as a result of relentless attacks by snakes…

Swami versus Guru: Sai Baba was no godman or god

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Happy Tuesday morning with religious groups talking smack about each other in India. Religious leader Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati ji says guru Sai Baba is a conspiracy to create division among Hindus. Shankaracharya vs Sai Baba: Devotees seethe with anger as Sai Baba’s cult is challenged – daily.bhaskar.com. A complaint has been lodged against Swami Swaroopanand in…

New paper says maybe mental condition really IS demons (UPDATE)

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See how the journal reacts in the update below. Originally published 3 June 2014 Oh my… a paper published in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that schizophrenia may in fact really BE demons! I almost have no response to that. Almost. Here is the abstract. I do not have access to the article.…

“Biblical financial principles” advisor arrested on federal fraud charges

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In an update to a story we’ve been following for a long while now, the leader of a church-based alleged Ponzi scheme has been arrested. Ephren Taylor was accused of taking $11 million dollars from congregants across the country in various large churches. Alleged Church Ponzi Schemer Arrested on Federal Fraud Charges – ABC News.…

Brainwashed mom kidnaps child to avoid vaccination

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A child remains missing presumably with her anti-vaccination mother who decided to break the law and risk permanent loss of custody instead of getting her vaccinated. Anti-vaccination kidnapping: Police looking for Megan Everett and daughter – Sun Sentinel. A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter last month to avoid having the child vaccinated…

Cheeky Chopra’s fatuous challenge

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Deepak Chopra, the egotistical “guru” with a bee in his bonnet about “debunkers”, issues a ridiculous, nonsensical “challenge” to Randi and the skeptics. I challenge the non “amazing” Randi & his professional debunkers & skeptics to explain normal experience & offer them a $1 million prize. It is not the skeptic’s job to prove anything or…

California town doesn’t want psychic business and I have to side with the psychic here!

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The Yucaipa, California planning commission is giving a psychic a real hard time about a permit to operate his home-based business. But not for the reasons you’d think. In fact, I’d have to side with the psychic here, these people are prejudiced for the most ignorant reasons. Planners split on contentious permit for psychic reader…

Another Slenderman-connected attack. Another girl. More parental reaction.

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Another attack is connected to Slenderman, this time in Ohio. This one sounds less connected, more complicated, and like an overreaction to a scapegoat cause. We can’t tell if it is a copycat case or the Mother seeing a post hoc connection. Hamilton Co. mom: Daughter’s knife attack influenced by Slender Man | Local News…

U.S. young-earth creation views steady but evolution acceptance growing!

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While there is little movement in percentages of conservative belief, there is much to be encouraged about in the latest Gallop poll on evolution versus Creationism. In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins. More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago,…