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Skepnews – 7/22/08

Posted in Skepnews by Skepdude on July 22, 2008

  • The exorcism of Amutha Valli Krishnan – A PSYCHIATRIST on Monday portrayed the woman in the centre of the Novena Church ‘exorcism’ case as being capable of ‘overt deception’ to perpetuate her ‘symptoms’ for financial gain – Hmmm, does this not sound like a typical case of “blame the victim” game? Now, I don’t know if she is in fact making it up or not but how is a psychiatrist qualified to infer that something is being perpetuated “for financial gain”? Also, he was smart enough to qualify his statement by saying that she was “capable” of deception. Do we really need a psychiatrist to state the obvious? Aren’t all humans “capable of overt deception”?
  • With God’s blessing turn $1,000 into billions God’s blessing would last only two minutes and it would create 500 churchgoing millionaires or even billionaires – all they had to do was use their credit cards to pay $1 000 in offerings to televangelist Benny Hinn. He said one of Hinn’s American guest speakers, Pastor Todd Koontz, spoke about financial burdens and said 500 audience members would receive “an exceptional blessing”. “He said the service would yield millionaires and billionaires within 24 hours. “Everyone had to donate $1 000 because an exceptional blessing rested on $1 000.” Koontz apparently really had the congregation scrambling when he said, “This blessing will be poured out for only two minutes.” Ferreira said: “People stormed to the front – poor people, rich people, people from all sections of our society.”- It takes a special kind of specially brainwashed religious zealot to fall for such BS, and apparently there is no shortage since about 1,000 people forked over cash. At least one person became a millionaire that day, and he didn’t have to pay a dime himself!
  • Allah name shows up in pieces of meatWhat looks like the Arabic word for God and the name of the prophet Muhammad were discovered in pieces of beef by a diner in Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria). “When the writings were discovered there were some Islamic scholars who come and eat here and they all commented that it was a sign to show that Islam is the only true religion for mankind,” he said. – Hey I thought the potato chip Jesus already settled the “only true religion” issue! I guess this one showed up on multiple pieces of meat, so it must carry more weight. Can you say fraud? No, how about pareidolia?
  • Obama and McCain to appear at Megachurch ForumThe Rev. Rick Warren has persuaded the candidates to attend a forum at his Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, Calif., on Aug. 16. Mr. Warren, the author of the best-selling book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” said he had called each man personally to invite him to his event, which will focus on how they make decisions and on some of Mr. Warren’s main areas of focus, like AIDS, poverty and the environment. Mr. Warren’s event will have as a co-sponsor Faith in Public Life, the multidenominational religious group that held the Compassion Forum at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., in April, featuring Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania during their primary fight. Mr. Warren said he would devise his questions with input from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders associated with the group. – Yeah, the Science debate they run from, but they find time for yet another religious forum. There’s a reason they say politics is a whore!
  • Bible classes approved in TexasThe state’s Board of Education gave final approval to establishing Bible classes in public high schools. Mark Chancey, associate professor in religious studies at Southern Methodist University, has studied Bible classes already offered in about 25 districts. His study found most of the courses were explicitly devotional with almost exclusively Christian, usually Protestant, perspectives. It also found that most were taught by teachers who were not familiar with the issue of separation of church and state. – Ok, I wouldn’t have a problem with this as long as they also offered Quran classes, Mormon Book classes, “Put your own holy book name here” classes etc. etc. Something tells me, these classes will not present one ounce of criticism towards the Holy Debacle. Ah, Christianity the Priviledged!