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Witchcraft and exorcism abuse rising in UK

Posted by doctore0 on October 12, 2015

Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.

The Metropolitan Police said there had been 60 crimes linked to faith in London so far this year. It saw reports double from 23 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.

Half of UK police forces do not record such cases and many local authorities are also unable to provide figures.

The NSPCC said authorities “need to ensure they are able to spot the signs of this particular brand of abuse”.

London is unique in having a police team, Project Violet, dedicated to this type of abuse.

Its figures relate to crime reports where officers have flagged a case as involving abuse linked to faith or belief. Many of the cases involve children
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Students Kicked Out Of Class For Not Praying

Posted by doctore0 on October 11, 2015

A public elementary school allegedly waged a shame campaign against students who didn’t believe in God. According to a complaint filed on behalf of the family, who is identified as the “Does,” teachers at the Swainsboro Primary School in Swainsboro, Georgia regularly led their classes in Christian prayer, a practice that violates the Constitutions First Amendment.

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Bible Interpretation: Upside Down

Posted by doctore0 on October 10, 2015

In an upside-down world, with upside-down understandings of morality and of the value of love,… their interpretation of the bible and the debate about its relevance sure sounds familiar, in an upside-down-ish kind of way.

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Bending truth

Posted by doctore0 on October 7, 2015

A reflection on the importance of acknowledging that we can all be manipulated.

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Is This 2015 or 1692? Woman Accused of Being a Witch Fired From Military Dental Clinic

Posted by doctore0 on October 7, 2015

Religion poisons everything

Accused of being a witch, an Air Force contractor working at a dental clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland, has been fired. Seriously.

Deborah Schoenfeld, a dental technician at the clinic, and a Hindu, was fired on September 2, immediately after filing a formal complaint about the religious harassment she was being forced to endure, which included being accused of witchcraft, bringing demons into the office, and being admonished that practicing yoga is “satanic” and will “cost (her) her soul.” The alleged reason given for her firing was that she was accused of using profanity in the workplace. She was told, however, that she did not have the right to know who her accusers were.

According to the Air Force Times, two of Schoenfeld’s former co-workers have confirmed her account of the workplace harassment she was subjected to by the devout Christians there, with one saying that she was referred to as a “Hindu witch.”

Schoenfeld, who wishes to return to her job, has turned to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which has sent the following letter to the commander of this modern day Salem, where we hope they aren’t also using the dental practices of 1692 on our troops.
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Raif Badawi, Imprisoned Saudi Blogger, Is Awarded Free-Speech Prize

Posted by doctore0 on October 7, 2015

Stupid Saudi barbarians…

A Saudi blogger who was sentenced to prison and publicly flogged on charges that he had insulted Islam was awarded a major free -speech prize on Tuesday in London.

The blogger, Raif Badawi, was named the international co-recipient of Britain’s PEN Pinter Prize. He was chosen from a shortlist by the poet James Fenton, who was the British recipient of the award in June. Mr. Badawi is serving a 10-year sentence after his conviction last year on charges including “violating Islamic values and propagating liberal thought,” according to English PEN, the writers group that bestows the prize. A Saudi court fined him one million riyals, about $267,000, and sentenced him to receive 1,000 lashes spread out over 20 floggings.

Video of Mr. Badawi receiving his first 50 lashes in January appeared on YouTube, prompting condemnation from Western governments and human rights groups, which have called for his release. Saudi officials have postponed further lashings.

Mr. Badawi’s case has renewed attention to the Saudi government’s harsh treatment of dissidents for acts that are considered essential rights in the West.

At a ceremony on Tuesday in London, Mr. Fenton said he was moved by the contrast between Mr. Badawi’s “liberal aims” and the “ferocity” of the punishment leveled against him.
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Christian group predicts the world will be ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

Posted by doctore0 on October 6, 2015

Another christian apocalypse :)

While our planet may have survived September’s “blood moon”, it will be permanently destroyed on Wednesday, 7 October, a Christian organization has warned.

The eBible Fellowship, an online affiliation headquartered near Philadelphia, has based its prediction of an October obliteration on a previous claim that the world would end on 21 May 2011. While that claim proved to be false, the organization is confident it has the correct date this time.

“According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away,” said Chris McCann, the leader and founder of the fellowship, an online gathering of Christians headquartered in Philadelphia.

“It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated.”

McCann said that, according to his interpretation of the Bible, the world will be obliterated “with fire”.

The blood moon – a lunar eclipse combined with a “super moon” – occurred without event on 27 September. This was despite some predictions that it would herald the beginning of the apocalypse. Certain religious leaders had said the blood moon would trigger a chain of events that could see our planet destroyed in as little as seven years time.

According to this new prediction, however, there will be no stay of execution. On the day of 7 October, the world will end.

“God destroyed the first earth with water, by a flood, in the days of Noah. And he says he’ll not do that again, not by water. But he does say in 2nd Peter 3 that he’ll destroy it by fire,” McCann said.
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Vatican sends gay priests to be ‘cured’ at religious retreat

Posted by doctore0 on October 6, 2015

A row over the Vatican’s attitude towards gay priests has been stoked further by a claim that clergy with “homosexual tendencies” are sent to a religious retreat to be “cured”.

The Holy See was embarrassed by a senior Vatican official’s decision to come out as gay at the weekend, just as 270 bishops gathered in Rome to attend a synod on family issues.

As Vatican officials called Krzysztof Charamsa’s gesture “very serious and irresponsible”, it was claimed yesterday that priests suspected of being gay are often sent to a convent in the northern Italian city of Trento to “reflect”.

The convent’s role in trying to “cure” priests of homosexuality was revealed by a former priest who was thrown out of the Church three years ago for being gay. Mario Bonfante was forced to leave his parish in Sardinia, even though he had maintained his vow of celibacy.

“It’s a place where they help you to rediscover the straight and narrow. They wanted to ‘cure’ me but I refused to go,” he told ‘La Repubblica’ newspaper.

According to its website, it can offer priests “an open and tranquil environment in which they can confront their problems” with psychiatrists and psychologists on hand.

Father Gianluigi Pasto (71), the head of the convent, said: “Priests come to us for a period of formation and personal reflection. At the moment we have neither gay priests nor paedophile priests here. Certainly our job is to welcome everybody.”

The facility dealt with priests suffering from depression, alcoholism and who had “problems connected to sex”, he added.
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Workers Removing Ten Commandments From Oklahoma Capitol

Posted by doctore0 on October 6, 2015

Christian spam finally taken down :)

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed late Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage.

A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. The works comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support “any sect, church, denomination or system of religion.”

The state is paying the contractor about $4,700 to remove the monument and take it to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ offices a few blocks away, Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had increased security around the monument earlier Monday, and barriers were erected to keep visitors from getting close to it. Estus said the decision to remove the monument under the cover of darkness was made to avoid disturbing workers at the Capitol and to keep protesters from demonstrating while heavy equipment was being used to detach the two-ton monument from its base.
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Pope “gives” girl Lyme disease

Posted by doctore0 on October 5, 2015

The stupid, it burns.

prayed-403-times-todayJulia Bruzzese believes in miracles.

The 12-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been forced to use a wheelchair after a sudden paralysis that has baffled doctors.

But when Julia, who is in the seventh-grade at St. Bernadette’s in Dyker Heights, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis as he arrived in New York, she said, “I came here because I wanted to meet the pope, because I believe in a miracle,” CBS New York reported.

Julia said meeting the holy father was “the most precious moment of my life.”

Precious, indeed. According to CBS, five days after Julia received a blessing from Pope Francis doctors seem to be closer to a firm diagnosis.

“The miracle has begun. Yesterday, I went to the doctor and for the first time they saw Lyme disease activity in my blood and that just shows a miracle can happen if you believe, just like I did. If you believe and pray everything can happen,” she told CBS last week
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