Posts Tagged ‘Superstition’
Posted by doctore0 on May 18, 2015
Why turn to god(s), it’s all made up shit; some idiotic/scam fantasy pacifier.
The extent of decline of religious faith is exposed in new research suggesting that British people no longer turn to God even in the face of death.
Research into attitudes about death and dying found that having spiritual needs catered for is now considered the least important priority for those facing the end of life.
When asked to choose what would be the most important factor in ensuring they had a “good death”, from a list of options, only five per cent selected having their religious or spiritual needs met.
By contrast 33 per cent said they would like to be “pain free” and 17 per cent said it was most important to have their friends and family with them. One in seven singled out retaining their dignity as most important.
Strikingly, 60 per cent of those surveyed ranked religious or spiritual needs last of the six options they were given.
The findings emerge from research carried out by “Dying Matters”, a coalition of 16,000 hospices, charities, care homes and others working with people facing their end of life.
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: christianity, Death, God, News & Politics, Religion, Superstition | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on May 18, 2015
Ehrrm all faith healers are bogus :)
Police have issued a new warning about bogus faith healers who trick people into handing over cash for ‘cures’ for everything from cancer to financial trouble.
Officers spoke out after recovering a number of advertising leaflets in the Belgrave area of Leicester in the past couple of weeks.
They also confirmed two suspects are currently under investigation for allegedly conning people out of money.
The force has previously spoken out against ‘healers’ who claim to be able to use prayer to lift curses, heal broken marriages and solve financial problems.
Others who have targeted the city have said they could cure illnesses including cancer and HIV.
Inspector Ben Gillard, commander of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park police station, said his officers had been alerted to a new batch of leaflets which have been delivered to homes or left on car windscreens in recent weeks.
Insp Gillard said: “This is still very much a live issue because people are still being subjected to these leaflets being put through their front doors or left on their cars.
“The danger is vulnerable people will turn to these people for help.
“They are predators and they will promise anything as long as it makes them money.
“The people who do this know that if they knock on 100 doors they will find someone who will believe in them and give them money.
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Christian, christianity, faith healers, Fraud, God, News & Politics, Scam, Superstition | 2 Comments »
Posted by doctore0 on May 18, 2015
As debate rages over the radicalisation of young British Muslims, are we overlooking a different crisis of faith? Ex-Muslims who dare to speak out are often cut off by their families and fear for their lives. A brave few tell us their stories
Sulaiman Vali is a softly spoken 32-year-old computer engineer. A natural introvert not drawn to controversy or given to making bold statements, he’s the kind of person who is happiest in the background. He lives alone in a modest house on a quiet street in a small town in East Northamptonshire. He doesn’t want to be any more specific than that about the location. “If someone found out where I lived,” he explains, “they could burn my house down.”
Why should such an understated figure, someone who describes himself as a “nobody”, speak as if he’s in a witness protection programme? The answer is that six years ago he decided to declare that he no longer accepted the fundamental tenets of Islam. He stopped being a believing Muslim and became instead an apostate. It sounds quaintly anachronistic, but it’s not a term to be lightly adopted.
Last week the hacking to death in Bangladesh of the blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was a brutal reminder of the risks atheists face in some Muslim-majority countries. And in an era in which British Islamic extremists travel thousands of miles to kill those they deem unbelievers, an apostate’s concern for his or her security at home is perhaps understandable.
“Oh yeah, I’m scared,” agrees Nasreen (not her real name) a feisty 29-year-old asset manager from east London who has been a semi-closeted apostate for nine years. “I’m not so worried about the loonies because it’s almost normal now to get threats. What worries me is that they go back to my parents and damage them, because that’s not unheard of.”
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: British Muslims, God, Islam, News & Politics, Religion, Sulaiman Vali, Superstition | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on May 13, 2015
Adjust, adjust the bible??? Just close this religion thing and throw it on the garbage dump of history and forget this god business, it’s all man-made/imaginary anyways :)
(WBIR) – Across the nation the number of Christians is dropping.
A Pew Research poll shows the number of people with no religion is growing.
These two groups are on the opposite end when it comes to beliefs, but agree when it comes to why churches may be seeing fewer numbers.
Two big reasons – not answering questions of faith and not being open to today’s society.
Kory Queen serves as a campus minister at the University of Tennessee. He hails from the Northwest and has seen firsthand why some churches struggle to retain members.
“The ones that are not surviving as well are holding on to traditions that are more oppressive, whether it be towards women or minorities,” explained Queen.
He believes churches have to adjust to keep their doors open.
Posted in All, Atheism, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Bible, God, Jesus, News & Politics, Pew Research, Religion, Superstition | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on May 11, 2015
Religion = Fancy name for mental illness
The mentally ill woman’s relatives were convinced she was “possessed by the devil”, so she took the extraordinary decision to call in an exorcist
woman was effectively beaten to death with sticks by a religious team trying to exorcise demons from her body.
Local reports in Moroccan say the woman was ‘possessed by Satan’, and it was decided the best way to deal with the problem was to yell religious passages at her while hitting her with the sticks.
A report by the Morocco World News said the woman’s relatives were convinced she was “possessed by the devil”, so she took the extraordinary decision to call in an exorcist.
The shocking incident took place last Friday, but the woman finally died after what the newspaper called continuous sessions of exorcism performed by a “fqih” (exorcist) in Douar Beni Salah in the Tetouan region of Morocco.
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Abuse, Crazy, Exorcist, God, Insane, Islam, Mental illness, News & Politics, Religion, Stupid, Superstition | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on May 10, 2015
“Catholic priest and Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris argued over the weekend that atheists were not suitable candidates for president because it was “hard to trust” someone who did not believe that God would punish them.
Posted in All, Atheism, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Catholicism, christianity, Dumbass, God, News & Politics, Religion, Stupid, Superstition | 1 Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on May 8, 2015
All faith healers are swindlers or insane or combination of that!
A self-described faith healer has filed a lawsuit against atheist video blogger Stephanie Guttormson after she posted a video debunking his claim that he was a medical professional.
Guttormson, who is Operations Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation, posted a video to YouTube last December explaining why she was skeptical that Adam Miller’s 1977 near death experience (NDE) gave him special abilities to heal people.
“Let’s start by pointing out that the germ theory of disease accounts for how illnesses affect us,” Guttormson pointed out. “He makes this claim that these experiences in your lives and traumas create dark cellular structure — whatever that is — and that by invoking this magic spirit, it will come down and break up this — quote, unquote — dark cellular structure.”
“Sometimes we want the answers so badly and want to help so badly that we’ll believe just about anything,” she added in a subsequent video. “Usually out of fear and hopelessness and desperation.”
“Adam Miller is a charlatan, he’s a swindler, he’s a snake oil salesman. You risk your lives delaying or forgoing proper medical treatment by going to him for help. And more importantly, for believing his unsubstantiated claims.”
Posted in All, Atheism, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Adam Miller, Atheism, Atheist, Fraud, News & Politics, Religion, Scam, Stephanie Guttormson, Superstition, Woo | 1 Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on May 7, 2015
Georgia’s liberal politicians say only alignment with Europe and the US will allow the country to overcome its post-Soviet past and survive as an independent nation. But is the country’s anti-Western and increasingly influential Orthodox Church using schools to breed a generation of religious conservatives whose beliefs are more aligned with Vladimir Putin’s Russia than the West?
When 14-year-old Giorgi came home from school on 16 October 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia, his older brother Dato knew immediately something was wrong. Bruised and battered, Giorgi described how four older boys took turns kicking him in front of other schoolmates. “This wasn’t just a boys’ fight,” Dato says.
Giorgi was beaten because he had called himself an atheist.
Rights groups say this is just one example of growing religious intolerance in Georgia’s state schools, fostered by what they say is a campaign of indoctrination encouraged by the country’s Orthodox Church.
“They told me: ‘You offend our religion, you are an infidel,'” Giorgi says. The school principal confirmed the story, but said the issue has been resolved.
Posted in All, Atheism, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Abuse, Atheism, Atheist, Christian, christianity, Crazy, God, Jesus, News & Politics, Orthodox Church, Religion, religious conservatives, Superstition, Vladimir Putin | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015
TTA Podcast 219
Are you an atheist (or perhaps an adherent to a religion apart from that of your parents, siblings, children or distant relatives), and your loved ones are terrified that you’re sliding the slipper slope toward damnation?
This podcast is about the fears of the faithful, the damage done by religious concepts of Hell and torment, and the liberation that comes in living without fear.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015
Captain Disillusion is visited by a legendary icon as he attempts a thorough explanation of the viral Disneyland Ghost surveillance video mystery.
Posted in All, Education | Tagged: Captain Disillusion, Debunk, Disneyland, Funny, Ghost, Superstition, Woo | Leave a Comment »