I don't know if anyone has mentioned this already, but here's a little news snippet which

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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this already, but here's a little news snippet which may be of interest. A woman died in western Victoria last week when her husband and two other men tried to drive demons out of her body. It seems the woman died of internal injuries and criminal charges are now being laid against the three men. The woman's husband explained that they successfully drove two 'powerful, masculine demons' out of his wife, but that the serious internal injuries which led to her death were caused by the demons 'holding onto her internal organs as they were forced out'. The man expressed the belief that his wife would rise from the dead on the day of her funeral and that this miracle would 'lead many people to Jesus'. He invited the media to witness her resurrection and the funeral attracted a large media contingent and other curious onlookers. Not surprisingly, the woman didn't rise from the dead, much to the visible distress of her distraught husband. The thing which amazed me about this whole incident is that while it attracted a great deal of media comment, almost none of it looked at how incredible it is that people can still believe in such nonsense. Most of it looked at exorcism, how common it is and how and when it is done. Rather than preventing other people from beating their 'posessed' loved ones to death in an attempt at driving out 'demons', such coverage will probably encourage a spate of both 'posessions' and 'exorcisms'. >> In the same vien, but not neccessarily religious is a >> New Scientist "ANTIPODES" comment (Australian Edition) > I quote:- "I was reminded of the need for a better public understanding of science by a dramatic report in my local daily news- paper. A 35-year-old woman, who taught classes in relaxation and meditation on the Golf Coast south of Brisbane, became convinced she could learn to breathe underwater. Her students became uneasy when she remained submerged after 15 minutes. Tragically, she had died. The newspaper quoted the local coroner as telling the inquest, "My theory is that she lost consciousness and drowned." It is difficult to disagree. And it only takes the most basic science education to recognise that fish have gills to extract oxygen from water, whereas humans have lungs and extract oxygen from air." >> end of quote. The controversy has now inspired our old friends the fundies to splash themselves all over the pages of the newspapers peddling the story that such exorcisms are becoming more common due to the increased activities of The Great Satanic Conspiracy (tm). One story in my local sunday paper showed a photo of 'Satanic cult graffiti' painted on a fence in a Hobart suburb and told a lurid story of young people 'dressed in black neo-gothic clothing' seen lurking in the area. I know for a fact that the graffiti in question was painted on that fence ten years ago as a joke and I even know the people who painted it. At the time, one was a Anglican christian and the other was in the Salvation Army. Neo-gothics are a popular fashion sub-culture in most cities in the western world. Yet this paper has managed to cobble together a story to convince paranoid morons that West Hobart is a seething pit of baby-eating Satanists. When are people going to grow up. Tim O'Neill >> Wouldn't Hobart benefit from being a "seething pit of baby eating >> Satanists"? I remember (heresay) that Hobart came second after >> Canberra for the vote of "Australian City Most likely to benefit >> socially" from a saturation B52 carpet bombing? >> Don't know about Hobart, but Canberra is so Boring. >> (And its full of politicians to - Yuck) >> Lachlan Cranswick - CSIRO

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