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When Faith Becomes Deadly

Freeman
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8/25/2010 4:07:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
As though there weren't enough evidence already, there is now more evidence that faith based Christian beliefs are both absurd and dangerous.

Children abused, killed as witches in Nigeria

"Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria (CNN) -- Just after midnight, the pastor seized a woman's forehead with his large hand and she fell screaming and writhing on the ground. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" shouted the worshippers, raising their hands in the air.

Pastor Celestine Effiong's congregants are being delivered from what they firmly believe to be witchcraft. And in the darkness of the city and the villages beyond, similar shouts and screams echo from makeshift church to makeshift church.

"I have been delivered from witches and wizards today!" exclaimed one exhausted-looking woman.

Pastors in southeast Nigeria claim illness and poverty are caused by witches who bring terrible misfortune to those around them. And those denounced as witches must be cleansed through deliverance or cast out.
As daylight breaks, and we travel out to the rural villages it becomes apparent the most vulnerable to this stigmatization of witchcraft are children.

A crowd gathered around two brothers and their sister. Tears streamed down their mother's face as she cast out her children from the family, accusing them of causing the premature deaths of two of their siblings with black magic."

http://www.cnn.com...

It's easy for us to be surprised by this in the west, but it should be obvious what is truly at work here. Witches are, after all, sentenced to death in the Old Testament. And Jesus was, after all, claimed to have cast out demons from pigs. Accordingly, given a biblical perspective, witchcraft is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with soberly.
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tBoonePickens
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8/25/2010 8:54:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Would posting a racist joke be totally insensitive?
WOS
: At 10/3/2012 4:28:52 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
: Without nothing existing, you couldn't have something.
mattrodstrom
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8/25/2010 8:57:16 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 8/25/2010 8:54:37 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
Would posting a racist joke be totally insensitive?

umm... might be totally racist...
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

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"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
tBoonePickens
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8/25/2010 9:06:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 8/25/2010 8:57:16 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 8/25/2010 8:54:37 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
Would posting a racist joke be totally insensitive?

umm... might be totally racist...

And how!
WOS
: At 10/3/2012 4:28:52 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
: Without nothing existing, you couldn't have something.
Freeman
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8/25/2010 9:18:27 PM
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At 8/25/2010 8:54:37 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
Would posting a racist joke be totally insensitive?

The problem is not race.
Chancellor of Propaganda and Foreign Relations in the Franklin administration.

"I intend to live forever. So far, so good." -- Steven Wright
tBoonePickens
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8/25/2010 9:21:21 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 8/25/2010 9:18:27 PM, Freeman wrote:
At 8/25/2010 8:54:37 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
Would posting a racist joke be totally insensitive?

The problem is not race.

I know. I was jk.
WOS
: At 10/3/2012 4:28:52 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
: Without nothing existing, you couldn't have something.
InquireTruth
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8/25/2010 10:30:09 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
"And Jesus was, after all, claimed to have cast out demons from pigs."

That's technically incorrect. Jesus casted demons out of a single man and allowed them to enter pigs.
J.Kenyon
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8/25/2010 11:37:29 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 8/25/2010 10:30:09 PM, InquireTruth wrote:
"And Jesus was, after all, claimed to have cast out demons from pigs."

That's technically incorrect. Jesus casted demons out of a single man and allowed them to enter pigs.

Evidence that Christianity supports animal cruelty :P
MarquisX
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8/26/2010 2:07:57 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 8/26/2010 1:03:05 AM, Puck wrote:
If only pigs could fly ...

they can. ever heard of swine flu?
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