Posts Tagged ‘Superstition’
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.
Posted in All, Religion | Tagged: Christian, christianity, Crazy, God, Hell, Religion, Superstition, The thinking atheist | Leave a Comment »
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 »
Posted by doctore0 on April 28, 2015
Never trust the clergy
A church leader who called himself “The Prophet” has been convicted of molesting members of his own flock.
Walter Masocha, founder and Archbishop of the Stirling-based Agape for All Nations Church, was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial.
The 51-year-old was convicted of putting his hand down a schoolgirl’s trousers, claiming he was driving away demons, and groping a deaconess while praying for her stomach complaint.
He will be sentenced on 19 May.
Both women were targeted at Masocha’s seven-bedroom mansion, Coseyneuk House, near Stirling, where the Zimbabwe-born churchman regularly received followers.
During a six-day trial at Falkirk Sheriff Court, the 15-year-old girl said many in the church regarded Masocha as their “spiritual father” and called him “Dad”.
She said that in late 2013, she had been in a games room at Coseyneuk House when the church leader had repeatedly “pinged” her underwear and grabbed and pinched her bottom.
When she later asked Masocha why he had done it, he told her that he had seen “demons and things that shouldn’t be there” in her pants, and that he was clearing them away.
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Abuse, christianity, Crazy, God, Jesus, News & Politics, Religion, Superstition, Walter Masocha | 1 Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on April 27, 2015
It’s the stupid priest on faux news..
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christian, christianity, Crazy, God, Jesus, News & Politics, Religion, Superstition | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on April 26, 2015
Wow dark ages… what a bunch of nutters.
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Christian, christianity, Crazy, God, Jesus, News & Politics, Religion, Stupid, Superstition | 12 Comments »
Posted by doctore0 on April 25, 2015
Must be gawds plan ;)
PORTLAND, Ore. – On Friday, an administrative law judge proposed that the owners of an Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple refused service more than two years ago.
The judge, Alan McCullough, ruled in January that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.
The bakers cited their religious beliefs. The case is one that has been referenced in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against the LGBT community.
Friday’s proposed order dealt with the award for emotional suffering.
The maximum penalty that could have been assessed was $150,000, or $75,000 per person. Judge McCullough awarded $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer.
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Christian, christianity, Discrimination, God, lesbian couple, News & Politics, Religion, religious beliefs, Superstition | 1 Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on April 25, 2015
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: 666, Christian, christianity, Crazy, News & Politics, Religion, Stupid, Superstition | Leave a Comment »
Posted by doctore0 on April 21, 2015
An Ann Arbor Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL).
In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get concealed pistol licenses because of recent crime in the area. During a Palm Sunday mass last month, Fride announced that the parish would be holding the CPL class.
When some parishioners questioned the decision, Fride sent out a pro-gun letter titled “We’re not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto” – a reference to the 1960s-era Andy Griffith Show and its portrayal of a fictional North Carolina town, as well as Dorothy’s dog from the Wizard of Oz.
“It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families,” Fride wrote.
“How to balance faith, reality, prudence, and trust is one of those critical questions that we struggle with all our lives. Pretending we are in Mayberry, while we are clearly not, can have very negative consequences for ourselves and those we love, especially those we have a responsibility to protect. If we are not in Mayberry, is there a real threat?”
Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: Catholicism, Christian, christianity, Crazy, Funny, God, Jesus, News & Politics, Religion, Superstition | Leave a Comment »