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