Tag Archive for religion

Helene and Bobby McGee’s tragic ending: Was it the demons in her or those in his mind? (UPDATE: Guilty)

UPDATE (2-Nov 2015) The verdict is in. McGee was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. No parole. The argument from his attorney that “He did not believe that he was mentally ill; he believes he’s doing God’s work,” did not wash with the jury who concluded it was premeditated. Originally published…

Faith-healing parents lose appeal of convictions for baby death

There is an update to this story from 2011, the Hickman’s appeal was dismissed. The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the manslaughter convictions and prison sentences of a couple whose newborn baby died after they chose faith healing over medical treatment. Source: Courthouse News Service A doctor testified during the original trial that if the Hickmans had promptly sought…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pope fueling trend to blame the Devil

Great… back to the Dark Ages where we blame personal and social problems on supernatural entities instead of effectively dealing with harsh reality. How is that helpful? ‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom – Telegraph. The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has…