Tag Archive for prayer

False flag rhetoric vomited across the ‘net by the usual buffoons

The public response to the shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday immediately included the ridiculous, baseless and perfidious comments by clowns like Alex Jones of InfoWars.com and the bottom-of-the-barrel sludgy-bits websites NaturalNews.com and Beforeitsnews.com. As with every real life mass shooting, crushing cognitive bias requires the labeling of these events “false flags” in order to demonize the government instead of…

New skeptical society in New Zealand succeeds in advertising complaint

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…

Missionary returned with measles and triggered outbreak (UPDATE: anti-vax stance and worse)

Now the church is under greater scrutiny and anti-vax sentiment emerges. See below. Originally published Aug-22-2013 A textbook example of why we need community immunity vaccination plans. Measles outbreak traced to megachurch near Eagle Mountain Lake | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth. Tarrant County health officials have zeroed in on a megachurch near Eagle Mountain…

Pentecostal pastors pushing prayer

Pentecostal preachers are apparently pushing the power of prayer and miracles over conventional medicine in England. BBC News – HIV patients told by Pentecostal pastors ‘to rely on God’. Medical staff told the BBC a minority of pastors in England were endangering young church members by putting them under pressure to stop medication. The Children’s…

Beware of street scams

In an update to the story about the blessings scam, local officials continue to try to make the community aware of the scam. With Tote Bags, Police Try to Combat a ‘Blessing Scam’ – NYTimes.com. On a street corner in Flushing, Queens, on Wednesday afternoon, Ping Fan, 56, clutched a new tote bag with an…

Bangladesh factory haunted, with fear

This fits the pattern of mass psychogenic illness. Prayers to drive out ghost at Bangladesh garment plant. Some 3,500 workers stopped work at the plant in Gazipur, north of Dhaka on Tuesday, and smashed furniture to demand action to remove the ghost, which some workers claimed had attacked them in the ladies’ washroom. “The agitating…

Schaible child faith healing death ruled a homicide (Updated: To stand trial)

Update (June 13, 2013): Philadelphia faith-healing couple accused of murder must stand trial: judge | Reuters. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden on Wednesday said their case should proceed to trial after he rejected claims by defense attorneys that prosecutors could not show gross negligence, malice or that the parents knew the baby was about…

Blessing scam targeting elderly Asian women hits NYC

This scam, targeting elderly Asian women, is STILL going on, from coast to coast. EXCLUSIVE: ‘Chinese Blessing Scam’ rocks Brooklyn Asian enclaves  – NY Daily News. Elderly women in Brooklyn’s Asian enclaves are facing a frightening choice from sweet-talking thieves: Your cash or an evil curse. Sightings of the bewitching cons who use the “Blessing Scam”…

Psychic bag ladies appear in Melbourne

This scam targeting Asians is going around the world. Hard to believe people fall for it. Are they just trying to be polite? Or are they too gullible? Asian handbag scam hits Melbourne. Police are looking for a group of Asian women who are targeting victims and stealing cash and jewellery in Melbourne’s CBD and…

God cares about football?

I always found this idea quite amusing. I bet the deity does too. Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting Events. Because it’s Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample…

Romney Mega Prayer event hyped by gross misunderstanding of science (Update: FAKE!)

See UPDATE below. Example of Poe’s Law in action. The night before Election Day, you can participate in a giant prayer event to get Romney elected. The promoters say “It’s Scientific!” Practical Christians Develop New Game Plan: Pray for Romney Because of Science […] one very rational Christian (with a flair for website design) who…

MPs want proof that God doesn’t heal. I suppose they willingly forego modern medicine…?

Hapless MPs send daft letter to wrong people in attempt to defend faith healers – guardian.co.uk. A cross-party group of MPs have attempted to bully the Advertising Standards Authority over their ruling against faith healers; attacking the suggestion that people who make health claims should be required to provide evidence for them. As reported by…