Belief

Virginia town divided over magical beliefs

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One town in Virginia had a ban on fortune tellers and tarot card readers. Noticing that the rest of the country has plenty of psychic-based businesses around, the council decided to revisit the law. A good idea, for all the wrong reasons. Front Royal town council repeals decades-old law that banned ‘magic arts’. In Front…

Will the church argue that this is REALLY the body of Christ?

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We don’t typically get into religious arguments here but this lawsuit has a physically questionable claim they are attempting to make. Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for ‘black Mass’ | News OK. Oklahoma City’s Catholic archbishop filed a lawsuit against a satanist group Wednesday, alleging it…

Healer’s belief may have killed hundreds in Sierra Leone

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Herbalist began inviting clients across the border with promises of salvation. Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to traditional healer – Times LIVE. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. “She was claiming to have powers…

Some in Sierra Leone ignorant or in denial about Ebola

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Another unfortunate use of the common term “skeptics”. These people have limited understanding and information and fed by the current poor situation regarding health care and transparency among other social issues, they are denying that ebola is a serious problem. Skeptics In Sierra Leone Doubt Ebola Virus Exists : Goats and Soda : NPR. Opinions are…

16 year old subjected to traumatic watery treatment to cleanse her aura

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What strange therapy is this? It appears multiple people failed in their responsibilities in this story of a New Zealand alternative practitioner. Girl dunked in river to fix ‘blocked auric field’. An alternative health therapist has been censured after attempting to heal a girl’s aura without her consent. The 16-year old went to the massage…

Cop fired when supernatural beliefs got in the way of doing his job

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Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination. Cop claims feds are targeting him because he believes in ghosts. A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the…

The face of god in the sky?

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The perceived image of bearded man appeared through the clouds over Snettisham, Norfolk. The photo was taken by Jeremy Fletcher who says it could be the face of “God” though we do not know what that actually looks like. We can say it looks like several people here and passed. ‘God’ seen in photograph of clouds…

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…