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Another death due to “Faith Healing”

Faith Healing is an oxymoron; you might as well combine other contradictory words together for fun, like "tall midget" or "logical religion". To heal someone, you actually need to do something; anything really other than praying to your invisible friend. If I told you my kid was really sick and my imaginary buddy was her only doctor, you'd toss me in jail and take my child away from me forever. Unfortunatel ...

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Faith Healing/Beating

Here's a tip: if you have stage 4 colon cancer and you're looking for 'faith healing', just avoid this tattooed maniac. At least your run-of-the-mill scam artist usually just puts his hand on your forehead. This guy seems poised to punch you in the face to 'excise' your demons. A dangerously insane human being in this Todd Bentley fellow... ...

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Faith healing and the manipulation of the desperate

On a normal day in February. Bernadette Soubirous, a 14 year old living in the small town of Lourdes in France, was gathering firewood with her sisters near a small grotto. She became aware of a presence, and claims a lady in a white robe with a golden rose on each foot appeared before her. Her sisters, who were present at the time, did not report seeing anything of the sort. Bernadette would return to the ...

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Faith-healing couple acquitted

Well, it looks like we've just lost some ground in the whole 'faith-healing' debate. Remember the Worthingtons? Their 15 month old baby died because they refused to bring her to a doctor when she developed pneumonia. Today, a jury has now found the couple not-guilty of manslaughter, although they did find them guilty of the lesser charge of criminal mistreatment, which carries a rather anemic maximum senten ...

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Theta Healing is dangerous bullshit

Firstly, I'd just like to point out my general dislike of news programs. I hate the way they present the news. At the beginning of this particular broadcast, I practically turned it off once I heard their ridiculous "let's ask a question so we can pretend to be objective" routine" "Is it possible that potentially fatal diseases can be stopped in their tracks by allowing a healer to channel thought and praye ...

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TGA Podcast: Episode 198

This week, my special guest is author, linguist, and podcaster Karen Stollznow. On the show, we discuss the dangers of faith healing and other dangerous pseudoscience, her upcoming books, and some of the more hilarious bunk beliefs. Come and get your fix, people. Notes for the show: - Tam Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woViCFeDFcU - Website: http://www.karenstollznow.com - Monster Talk podcast: http:/ ...

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It’s about damn time

Oregon has finally started coming to its senses, and all it took was a bunch of kids dying of highly preventable deaths. The State is introducing a bill that would end religious immunity for parents who rely solely on "faith" to heal their children. I've written about the "Followers of Christ" on many occasions; it's a church that so far has an appalling death toll, all from illnesses that were extremely tr ...

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Religious conservatives angry over atheist White House visit

For the first time in the history of unbelief, atheists are starting to have a voice. Recently, a coalition of secularists and atheists met with the Obama Administration to talk about three pressing issues: the death of kids due to "faith healing", the increased presence of religion in the military, and faith based initiatives. Although details of what was discussed are piecemeal at best, that didn't stop r ...

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Homeopathy; a story of dilution

I am often reminded one does not win popularity contests when attempting to shatter the delusions of others. I can certainly appreciate the fact no one wants to believe that they might be wrong, especially if this belief represents a form of comfort. It is then that I carefully remind people the truth is not a matter of popularity; we have plenty of examples in history of when popular beliefs have been held ...

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Don’t go hiking with religious nutjobs

Imagine you fall down a ravine, and as you lay unconscious, slowly dying, your companions decide that instead of calling for medical help, they need to pray you back to health. If you're anything like me, you'd will yourself out of your coma and strangle them with your own entrails. Of course if that doesn't work, you could always try suing them (it's less messy anyways). As it turns out, this actually happ ...

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