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kukl wrote:The only part of this i don't believe is that someone with that much power would use it to steal a Mazda 323.
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.
The devil must be busier than ever in the new millennium.
Exorcism, the ancient rite of casting out Satan and his demons from the souls of the possessed, is thriving in America and was long before recent revelations that Mother Teresa underwent one and Pope John Paul II performed them.
"It is a big phenomenon," J. Gordon Melton, a Methodist minister who directs the Institute for the Study of American Religion, says of exorcisms in the United States.
"There is a lot of exorcism going on."
"As a Christian, I've read the Bible … you know, go to church and stuff," explained Sonnier. "I know where it's going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I'm not going to let my kids have that."
CHICAGO (MCT) — A few months after allegedly killing his wife and three children, Christopher Vaughn wrote a jailhouse poem in a coded alphabet that referred to a stripper with whom prosecutors say Vaughn dreamed of starting a new life.
And now they want jurors to see the scribbled poem, which was written in runic symbols that the Oswego, Ill., man likely learned during his study of Druidism and pagan religions, attorneys said.
The poem was “decrypted” by the FBI, prosecutors say. The poem, written as a list of things to do, includes the enigmatic phrase “Ask Maya the question,” according to a court filing.
Prosecutors believe this is a reference to Maya Drake, a stripper Vaughn frequented. Drake was “an unwitting part” of Vaughn’s plan to start a new life in the Canadian wilderness, prosecutors say the evidence will show when his trial begins next week.
Salomea wrote:@DJ Droood- I read the article You linked, but there are few things I don't understand- 1- what the poem has to do with rest? 2. what the fact it was runic has to do with the case?(2.a.- do they really find the "encrypting" an achievement?) 3. what does “live off the land” means in that context? 4.I thought druids used/are connected with ogham, I'm wrong or something, cause it is not similar to modern alphabet... 5.Was that article really published, because although it says the trial has not started, it all sounds as if he was already convicted an that's not exactly presumption of innocence?(and it's not like I have any warm feeling for the guy, but it just doesn't sound right)
DJ Droood wrote:I can't really answer your questions, except the last one...this article was published on Aug 21, 2012..his trial just started....I just put "Druid lunatic" or something like that, in google news, to see what popped up...just trying to make the point that superstiution can lead to crime and mayhem in pretty much every religion.
Salomea wrote: but I was just hoping that You know something more about it. I'm not really sure if it's really about any religion at all and isn't it more than about superstition, about false belief (of being justified) and cowardice, [if of course the man is guilty].[/color]
Aphritha wrote:*sigh* Its ridiculous to think these things still go on....and people claim we've evolved!
gina wrote:I've had first hand knowledge of the African superstition. I used to work with a woman who came from Nigeria. When she learnt that I was a Druid she refused to be in the same room as me and tried to turn all against me. She told one of my workmates that she had had me Exorcised from afar and that as my devil powers were obviously strong her Pastor would come and do me in person. It was only after she offered to have her hubby come and beat the devil out of me, which caused me to have time off with stress that my manager did something. She no longer works with us.
Whitemane wrote:You know, my shape has been shifting for years. Magic has nothing to do with it.
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