Feòrag: October 2002 Archives

October 31, 2002

Bargain of the Day: Happy Hallowe'en

Here's the perfect Samhuinn present for teachers everywhere: a customisable You can't scare me... T-shirt.

October 29, 2002

Fundies discover RPG published many years ago

In the month following that terrifying Hallowe'en night of the year two thousand and one, William Schnoebelen was seen continually carrying piles of books to his library from those hellish stores in the darker parts of town. He had a furtive, haunted look which disturbed his mentor, Jack Chick, but he allowed him to carry on his research into the evils of a strange type of recreation known as 'fantasy role-playing games'. Overcoming the dread induced by the musty smell of the ancient tomes, he explored their contents until he made a terrifying and blasphemous discovery:

For example, there is now a whole line of materials based on the hellish H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos, a form of magic that we practiced in the darkest days of our satanic career - a system of magic prominently featured in THE SATANIC RITUALS by Anton LaVey! Contrary to the ramblings of D&D defenders like Michael Stackpole, the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu mythos are quite real.

Schnoebelen and Chick were mute and baffled. They had met the unknown and found they lacked the emotions to respond to it as they ought. They vowed to burn the books or destroy them in acid, but before they could carry out their plan, they saw something sqamous and rugose rise from the fish tank...

October 28, 2002

So who started it?

It seems that all the lurid tales of witchcraft and dark pagan deeds with respect to the attacks on horses did not come from the National Equine Welfare Council. A local Pagan has been speaking with a representative of the group and reported this to several Pagan mailing lists:

She at no time mentioned the word Pagan - this news item has come about as the result of an internal email asking members to report anything unusual to do with attacks on horse following a spate of attacks in the Notts area. Someone (not sure who) suggested that the attacks coincided with the Pagan Calendar. All she was trying to do was build a profile of when, where and what.... The mention of the word Pagan seems to have originated in Scotland by some person who did not realise that a whole community of people use the title to describe themselves. The lady concerned has since apologised.

It seems that the woman from the National Equine Welfare Council has been on the receiving end of abuse:

One last thing please please do not call the lady with abusive calls. She has already rec'd a couple from people claiming to be Pagan and having a go at defaming them - She never mentioned the word herself and has nothing against Pagans.. or at least she not at the moment but anymore calls may make her change her mind. She has been briefed a little about modern Pagan beliefs and practices and wants to work together to both put an end to media hysteria directed at Pagans and to see if we (as Pagans) can help out with info on the more unusual aspects of these attacks.

So, it looks like the press are responsible for letting their imaginations run away with them. (thanks, Karin)

Mistaken identity

Turkish police had to take an Austrian tourist into protective custody after local residents attacked him because they thought he was a Satanist. The man was visiting his Turkish father. Fashion victim tourist stoned by worried locals - Ananova, October 28th 2002.

Insert obligatory 'stupid Americans' comment here

An American couple reported finding the site of a 'Pagan ritual', complete with bloody clothing and a human brain, to local police in Leytonstone, North London. When the police investigated, they found a superb specimen of a beefsteak fungus.

Trisha Moxey, Epping Forest information services manager, said: We were somewhat non-plussed that someone could be confused about something that was obviously a fungus. We sent a forest keeper there and he realised what it was straight away. This is the first time anything like this has ever happened. The beef-steak fungus can look quite repulsive but looks more like a liver than a brain. We were surprised that the fungus turned out to be just a common beef-steak and not one of the more exotic species.

Fungal bungle - This is Local London, October 24th 2002. (Thanks, Scott)

Pagans blamed for cruel horse attacks

Scotland: Superstitions about witchcraft aren't restricted to those parts of Africa and the Indian sub-continents where education is a rarity. Sometimes it happens in a country known for its high levels of literacy, like Scotland, for example.

The National Equine Welfare Council blames Neopagans for a series of attacks on horses in Aberdeenshire between October and Easter (that well-known Pagan holiday), and which have recently resumed. In the recent cases, horses tails were hacked off with a blunt instrument. They claim their reseach has demonstrated the link, but what was their source? Step forward Kevin Carlyon:

Kevin Carlyon, the High Priest of British White Witches, said some people who dealt in black magic thought animal parts could give them supreme, occult power.

Scots are being told to look out for pentagrams and double-headed axes.

A recent article in Fortean Times revealed that the leading suspect in South American cattle mutilations was a mouse. Horse attacks may be witchcraftBBC News, October 28th 2002.

October 27, 2002

We welcome careful drivers

Villagers in Herefordshire blame the ghost of someone who died in an accident 60 years ago for a local black spot. A psychic has reassured them that no-one will die at the spot, scene of 26 accidents in the last 18 months. 'Ghost mystery' of accident black spot - BBC News, October 26th 2002.

It said 'lone, white, not religious'

Self-appointed "King of the Witches" Kevin Carlyon sent the FBI a 'psychic profile' of the Maryland Sniper, though no specific details were given. He also promised to do a ritual to help:

Mr Carlyon, of Hastings, East Sussex, said: I am going to carry out a ceremony to get him to come to me. Hopefully, the police will take him out.

Brit Witch Offer to FBIDaily Record, October 21st 2002.

October 26, 2002

A divorce would have been easier

The leading suspect in a California murder case made false allegations of ritual abuse back in 1987.

In 1987, Susan Polk claimed her then-18-month-old son was providing lurid details about suffering ritual abuse at day care. The terror in our son's eyes is too profound, she told The Chronicle at the time, and the details he has given about the blood . . . and about the screaming -- it's too much not to believe.

No substantiating evidence was ever found.

Her husband, Felix Polk, was found dead at their home after being beaten and stabbed several times. Susan Polk is being held on remand in the local jail after police investigators were led to believe that she was responsible, based on information and statements at the scene. Orinda man slain amid acid divorce. Wife says he coerced her as teen - San Francisco Chronicle, October 16th 2002; Cause of Death Released for Orinda Doctor - KRON4, October 19th 2002.

Clue-free zone

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has been accused of heresey for suggesting in a book that no one religion has a monopoly on truth. The offending words are:

In the course of history, God has spoken to mankind in many languages: through Judaism to Jews, Christianity to Christians, Islam to Muslims ... truth on earth is not, nor can it aspire to be, the whole truth ... in heaven there is truth, on earth there are truths. Therefore each culture has something to contribute.

Rabbi Elchonen Halpern, life president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations demanded, in Hebrew, that Dr. Sacks be no longer regarded as a Rabbi, and threatened that other Rabbis who did would 'lose their authority'. He insisted Sacks 'atone' for his sins and recall and destroy all copies of the book.

Some people have seen the danger in Halpern's attitude. In a letter to the Jewish Chronicle, Gerald Baron Cohen of north London, warned: Jewish leaders with any knowledge of our history should never call for books to be banned. Chief rabbi accused of heresy over book - The Guardian, October 26th 2002.

Peer review doesn't mean it's done by fellow idiots

United States: A creationist group has filed a lawsuit against Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cornell University,the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Energy because they've refused to publish the papers of Dr. Robert V. Gentry. Even though Gentry claims the papers scientifically disprove the big-bang theory and its assumptions of cosmic evolution, the suit is for religious discrimination.

Dr. Robert Gentry, World renowned Nuclear Physicist files lawsuit over alleged censorship of scientific evidence against the Big Bang theoryThe Young Earth Creation Club Press Release, not dated. Also check out Evolutionism contributes to spiritual blindness about the dangers of Communicating with the Dead, Communicating with Other spirits and Reincarnation, for some class LFN:

Thanks in large part to the dogmatic teaching of atheistic evolutionism in the public schools, many young people today may never learn the truth about how spiritually dangerous these practices are. The connection between evolutionism and these counterfeit spiritual experiences will be explained in more detail in the paragraphs that follow. If you are involved in these activities, or know someone who is, please take the time to look at the information presented on this page and the other links for a different, but important perspective on this phenomena (sic.).

Also The connection between homosexuality and evolutionism!

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church worried about competition

A business man is being forced to remove a sign celebrating the success of a local basketball team which praises the team coach with the words Geno is God. The official reason is that it violates zoning laws which ban signs commemorating events more than sixty days ago, but Ken Bernacky has not been asked to remove another sign reading We love UConn women basketball. The real reason is that the local church have complained that the sign is blasphemous. Maybe he should complain about any signs the church might have, seeing as they celebrate events which, if they happened at all, happened nearly 2000 years ago. 'Geno' Worship Rankles Church - Hartford Courant, October 24th 2002.

October 25, 2002

Hoary old chestnut

An animal welfare organisation is perpetuating an old urban legend in Danville, Virginia, claiming that cats, especially black ones, are in danger of being sacrificed to Satan on Hallowe'en.

Paulette Dean, Danville Humane Society - This is a very dangerous time for pets. We encourage people to keep animals closely supervised, and especially keep your black cats inside. We already are receiving reports about black cats disappearing.

The Urban Legends Reference Page Cat o'Nine Tales observes:

Although no law enforcement agency or animal protection group we contacted could provide statistics about Halloween-related animal killings or abuse, the consensus is that although incidents of animal abuse may rise slightly around Halloween, it's a year-around problem, and it has far more to do with poorly-behaved kids than with organized "satanic cults"

And:

The problem is magnified at Halloween time, when any unusual or unexplained animal death is automatically attributed to Halloween-related satanic activity

But, on the same page, a representative of the Arizona Humane Society damns with faint praise when she explains why it isn't Wiccans doing it: Wiccans are actually an anti-cruelty (to animals) group who hold animals in a higher regard than they do humans. Animals At Risk On HalloweenWSET TV, October 25th 2002.

Ghoulies and Ghosties

Botsawana: Night watchmen at a Botswanan primary school are threatening to resign over things that go bump in the night:
Maposa told the audience that his men, who were now refusing to be posted at the school, said the invisible creatures, which they suspect to be 'tokolosi', manifested themselves in the form of little human beings, adding that some times they looked like a snake.

He said he had been receiving reports of persistent tokoloshi activity at the school from his charges since 1999, adding that such objects often whistled, cried like a baby, threw stones on the roof of classrooms and cut and restored power.
Masunga guard resigns over 'mystery of night creatures'Daily News, October 25th 2002.

Will a real pastor please stand up

Ghana is suffering from a glut of charlatan pastors and Francis Ameyibor is fed up enough to have written a long opinion piece for the Accra Mail:

It is common these days to come across such banners as one drives through major cities in the country. To add to these, there are radio and television commercials and newspaper publications selling the image of one church or the other and their self proclaimed authority to the general public.
All these are good signs of the spiritual awakening in the Ghanaian society. The results should have been real positive change physically and spiritually. However, the opposite is true; church related crimes, pastors in business scams, fraudulent visa acquisition deals... General morality both in and outside the church is at its lowest ebb.
To tell the truth, many churches are having little or no positive impact on society these days. This is the result of rogues parading the cities as "Men of God" and "making noise" about absolutely nothing.

The Charlatan Pastors, - Accra Mail (via allAfrica.com), October 24th 2002.

Evidence of work in Liverpool

An enigmatic network of tunnels recently opened to the public in Liverpool might have been built as a shelter from Armageddon. The tunnels were built in the early part of the 19th century by reclusive tobacco tycoon Joseph Williamson.

Another story puts the tycoon as a member of an extreme religious sect that believed that Armageddon was on the way.
The tunnels therefore were a place of sanctuary for Williamson and for fellow believers to flee to and emerge from to start a new city once God had wreaked his vengeance on the world.

Another possibility is that it was all just an early job-creation scheme. The enigma of Liverpool's labyrinth - BBC News, October 25th 2002.

It must've been Charlie Chaplin then

Lot 666 has been withdrawn from a Shrewsbury auction after the Hitler figurine proved to be a fake. Jeremy Lamond, of auctioneers Halls Fine Art said It appears that the lot number 666 given to the figure was wholly appropriate. Who did you think you'd kid with Mr Hitler? - Shropshire Star, October 24th 2002.

Confirming our prejudices about racists

A group of Australian MENSA candidates have vandalised a Buddhist temple in retaliation for the Bali bombing. Bali avengers target wrong temple in Australia - Reuters, (MSNBC, so the design is pessimised), October 22nd 2002.

October 24, 2002

Bargain of the Day: Various talismans and a trippy mirror

According to my calculations, I've been on 28 flights this year so far, and it's a miracle I'm still alive because I did it all without the help of a Guardian Angel for Flying, a gold-coloured brooch of a chubby 747 with an angel on the wing:

A traveler's Guardian Angel
Will protect you when you fly
Keep you safe and guide you
Across the open sky.

And here was me thinking it was air traffic control, VORs, DMEs and other radio navigation aids. Nor is Sekhmet safe without a brass Guardian Angel for Cats hanging from her collar. In case she thinks I don't love her enough, I can wear a Cat Angel Pin:

Wear this special angel pin
As a symbol of your love
For your precious little pet
Protected from above

But what first attracted me to this vendor's page was a stunning Crucifix Infinity Cross Mirror:

"BREATH TAKING" THIS IS AN INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY! WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE MIRROR ...IT CONTINUES ON AND ON! YOU MUST SEE IT FOR YOURSELF! APPROX.11" X 14". (OFF AND ON SWITCH) AND WHEN YOU TURN IT OFF IT'S A REGULAR FRAMED MIRROR! IT'S "BEAUTIFUL", A REAL CONVERSATION ITEM. (BRAND NEW IN BOX)

Do not use in combination with hallucingens.

Satan told me to do it

A 'satanist' in Virginia told his lawyer he raped a child as part of his religion.

Smith offered no evidence or argument at his preliminary hearing Monday. But his attorney, Myron Berman, said before the hearing that his client claims the sex acts were part of his religion.
Police who searched Smith's home in August found in the laundry room an altar and a box that contained a goat's skull and a child's bra and underpants.

Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible specifically prohibits anything which infringes on anyone else's free will, and uses the rape of children as an example of such an infringement. Satanist claims sex acts part of religion - Daily Press, October 22nd 2002.

Must be a ghost

Someone is nicking Hallowe'en ornaments from one woman's garden in Roslindale, Massachussets.

Dating back to Oct. 6, a group of unidentified bandits have hit the Short's home three times, taking carloads of Halloween props and decorations worth an estimated $200. Without a clue as to who the thieves might be, or why they have targeted her house, Short is finding this year's trick-or-treating season downright depressing.

Enough is enough already, said Short, a self-described Halloween and Christmas decoration nut. I don't understand why we're the only ones having this problem. We went to our neighbors and they haven't heard a thing.

It's almost like they know when we go to bed. It's kind of creepy.

All she has left is a full-size Frankenstein. Ghouls disappear three times from her lawnWest Roxbury Transcript, October 24th 2002.

Oy, have I got a bargain for you already

It's not just Christians who are prone to religious tat, and Judaism has a several thousand year start. What about these three Chanukah pens? (sorry, buggered the link up and didn't realise until it had expired

It's the 'write' idea for sending holiday greetings.... great for school or to give as a gift!. Dark blue, and light blue, letters in Gold. Pens are 5 3/4 inches tall. Comes from smoke free home, feel free to email me with any questions that you might have.

Your child more into sports than literature? Give them the Sports Mezuzah:

This brand new, packaged sports Mezuza would be a great gift for that boy on your Chanukah list! This 5 inch tall 1 1/2 inch wide ceramic mezuza is brightly hand painted. Has a baseball, basketball, soccer ball, and football. Parchment included, I don't see any nails for hanging.

Perhaps this Plush Dancing Dreidel Toy is more your style, though Charlie insists that this Musical Dreidel Top, which lights up and plays a song, is not religious tat (even if it is cheap plastic), but a perfectly traditional Chanukah toy. I didn't ask about the puppy.

Update, 22.53pm: This Baseball Chanukah Menorah appeared on eBay a couple of hours ago:

Attention all baseball fans! Here is the menorah for you! You are bidding on a charming Chanukah menorah with a baseball theme. This item is ceramic, approximately 10"x5" and stands six inches high at its tallest point which is a scoreboard declaring Happy Hanukah.

The vendor will ship worldwide, too!

Harrowing witch hunt article

Witch-hunting is a problem in many parts of the world, including India. Horror of ignorance by Madhya Pradesh, published in The Week (India's No.1 weekly news magazine) tells the human story:

Roomaliben is alive, but only just. The 71-year-old can barely speak or walk after suffering an attack so horrific, it hardly bears imagining. The defenceless old woman was beaten with spades, tortured and humiliated before being paraded around her village. Her assailants were her neighbours-people she had known, and trusted, her whole life. The reason? They thought she was a witch.

The accusations came after the death and cremation of a local boy, Dilip:

As Jogdabhai, Dilip's father, gazed into the funeral pyre he noticed that a small piece of flesh remained unburnt. It was all the evidence he needed to suspect that something sinister had happened to his son. Jogdabhai consulted the tribal witch-doctor (bhuva), who confirmed his belief: Dilip had died as the result of a witch's sorcery. What's more, he was told, Dilip's heart had been replaced by that of a chicken and the fragment of unburnt flesh was chicken flesh.

Very little is being done to combat the superstition and, in the long term, education is seen as the only solution.

TV 'experts' fraudulent and other surprises

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has been accused of wreaking havoc on the public by those who want to regulate the service. One of the examples given was of a witchcraft expert who turned out to be a mental patient. Separate law for SABC? - News24, October 23rd 2002.

Forget Ghostbusters

Are you ever ill? Are you ever unhappy? It must be demons! According to demonbuster.com, virtually everything is posessed by demons including candles, paisley (the fabric, not the place) and all dolls and stuffed toys.

We recommend destroying or burning all dolls. This includes stuffed animals. Boys don't call their little toys "dolls", but they fall into the same category. Many "toys" on the market today are demonic in nature, and some even look evil. As a Christian parent, you need to raise your children more in tune with God instead of the influences of the devil.

Other evangelists are also suspected of demon posession. Benny Hinn utters curses against those who oppose him and lies when he says Christians are safe from demons, and Prattle favourite Rebecca Brown is definitely still a witch and her relationship with 'Elaine' is, well, nudge nudge, wink wink.

I long ago worked out that every single MIDI file used as background music on the web was annoying in the extreme and set QuickTime to never play them. This dramatically improved my browsing experience but prevents me from getting rid of demons:

If you can hear the "Oh the Blood of Jesus" midi file, and it gets under your skin, don't turn your speakers off. The demons absolutely hate this song or any song that mentions the Blood of Jesus. The more this bothers you, the more demon infested you are. You actually could get some DELIVERANCE by having this tune play in the background, and some demons may actually leave your home or apartment too. Tape the song and play it in your home over and over.

Alas, the audio file is the one thing not available in the downloadable archive of the entire site.

October 23, 2002

Bargains of the Day: Nativity globe and pink Jesus

This Nativity Musical Water Globe sounds like something from GnomeMart:

Brand New! Double-level musical water globe with nativity, very detailed. 7" diameter x 10 3/8" high. Plays Silent Night.

Jesus Etched on White Granite is a disappointment - the artist is a computer:

Etched into a 12 x 12 x 1/4" piece of pure white granite is this unique composition made up of thousands of crosses to create Jesus' image. The close-up picture shows how amazing and unique this art is. The image is etched with a highly accurate, computer-controlled laser. The image is cut away then washed with color.

A pink Jesus - does Pat Robertson know?

The 'See You Jimmy' hat is in the post.

Uri Geller is pretty sure he's worked out the site of the Battle of Falkirk after visiting five possible locations. He was contacted by the Falkirk History Society after successfully locating a sunken submarine.

Mr Geller said he had watched Braveheart in an attempt to recapture the spirit of the time and wore a tartan shirt to get closer to Scottish culture.

The next stage is to go up in a helicopter and view the possible sites from the air:

I need to see sites like this from above because it is there where I feel a real surge, like a laser beam, when I know I am in the right place.

Geller is not charging for his services because he considers this particular task so important. Psychic 'solves' battle riddle - BBC News, October 22nd 2002.

October 22, 2002

Phelps gloats over teenager's murder

United States: The loving and sensitive Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the funeral of a transgenedered teenager murdered in an apparent hate crime, and he has been told that he is not welcome. The local community has rallied round the family of Eddie 'Gwen' Araujo, who accepted their child's orientation, and donations have ensured that the 17 year old will get a good send-off. He will be buried in make-up and a dress. Al Moore, a pastor at the church Araujo attended, reminded mourners at a candlelit vigil of how easy it is to be intolerant:

Tonight love is keeping us from seeing our differences, but when we leave here, the sad reality is that we are going to do it again.

The Anti-Defamation League, which usually fights anti-semitism, has also condemned the murder and the actions of Fred Phelps, and urged everyone to stand together against hate-mongers. Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder and police are seeking a fourth. ADL Condemns Killing of Newark TeenagerADL press release, 21st October 2002.

Bargains of the Day: Miscelleneous tat

This REAL Wood Hand Crafted Religious Desk Clock is ideal for your desk or a table where you don't have much room. It stands 6" tall & operates on one AA battery. Bidding is currently at $2.99 with nearly a week to go.

Or how about the Through-the-Bible-In-A-Year Mousepad™! for a mere $9.95?

The best part is, you don't even have to have your Bible handy - Just go to the website listed on the mousepad, and read that day's scripture in ANY BIBLE VERSION that you'd like! It just doesn't get better than this.

In the interests of fairness, I ought to mention the WITCHES CHEST! L@@K! Loaded ! No Reserve!, which is a small rattan chest with metal hinges, handle, and the coolest latch containing herbs, polished stones (and a bag to put them in), One pair of Rune Earrings (warrior), a pendant, candles, candleholders, incense sticks and an incense burner. WOW!. The same seller also has a Wholesale Lot of Assorted Charm Pendants, and some potentially useful job lots of candles, bottles and jars.

Christians and Muslims admit forcing people to convert

Both Christian and Muslim groups are protesting a ban on forcible religious conversion in Tamil Nadu. Christian missionary groups and the Association of Muslim Colleges of Tamil Nadu plan to close all their educational facilities on October 24th. The state has reasserted that the ban will stay and that the interests of minorities will be protected. The Hindu Munnani has asked for a similar law to apply all over India, claiming that other religions also resorted to large bribes to win believers. Muslim colleges protest ban on conversions, Christian schools bandh plan challenged in HC, No going back on ban on conversions: Jaya, All-India law to ban conversions demanded - The Times of India, October 21st and 22nd 2002.

Blue Monday

A statue of the goddess Lakshmi has mysteriously changed colour in Kolkata.

Deep Ghosh, a trader in fish fodder, and his wife Rita had sat down for dinner on Sunday night at their Chetla home, when they noticed something rather strange. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi had changed colour and acquired a distinctive greenish hue. If this was not enough, by Monday morning, the Ghosh family was astounded -- the image has turned blue. The news of "Lakshmi turning into Kali" spread like wildfire among the neighbours and residents living nearby. By evening there were large queues of faithfuls outside Ghosh's home on 85 Chetla Road, to witness this miracle.

Police investigators think a chemical reaction, possibly associated with a gas cylinder in the same room, is the cause. 'Miracle' in city: Lakshmi idol changes colour - The Times of India, October 22nd 2002.

Route 666

A Romanian mayor has dealt with a high accident rate on local roads by adding more obstacles for drivers to crash into. Mayor Mircia Munteanu, of Deva has erected four wooden crosses because he believes soil from local graveyards was used in the roads' construction and the spirits of those who were disturbed are causing the accidents. Mayor erects wooden crosses to ward off angry spirits - Ananova, October 21st 2002.

The Conspiracy reaches Nigeria

A group of Nigerian Christians has claimed that many of the candidates in a forthcoming election are members of secret cults and have vowed to expose and stop them. Rev. Felix Omobude of the New Covenant Bible Church said the politicians joined the cults in order to be allowed to stand. Christians Vow to Stop Occultic Politicians, This Day (via allAfrica.com), October 22nd 2002.

False prophet

A Nigerian "prophet" has been charged with theft of a car belonging to a polytechnic lecturer who had gone to his church, the Celestial Church of Christ, for spiritual healing. The prosecution also alleges that Olushola Abudah's credentials were forged. 'Prophet' Arraigned for Car Theft, This Day (via allAfrica.com), October 22nd 2002.

And pray for a win, too.

A Croatian football team has a vacancy for a priest able to minister to the predominantly Catholic side. The successful applicant would be a part of the team, travelling with it everywhere, and its spiritual guide. A knowledge of other faiths is important, as there are a number of non-Catholic players in the team. Dinamo Zagreb Calls in Spiritual Ghost Buster - Reuters, October 18th 2002. (Thanks, Jan).

Raindrops keep falling on my head

Dublin was wet - wet enough to make the news in Ireland - and also in the throes of a referendum on the Nice Treaty. The city was full of posters urging the electorate to vote one way or the other, but none were as entertaining as the A4 mono ones flyposted to lampposts which indicated that a "Yes" vote would lead to 666 being barcoded upon the citizens of Ireland.

Alas, I didn't think to get a photograph of this particular poster, which will no doubt act as further evidence for the otherwise anonymous mseely@wt.net who felt the urge to use the feedback form to send a blank message with the subject: Pagan Prattle, you are a liar. Be silent. As the only recent article which doesn't come from a named (and linked) news source is the one detailing my holiday plans, I must assume that they think I'm lying about the trip.

October 18, 2002

Cheers!

Right, that's your lot for a few days. I'm off to Dublin in a few minutes for the Irish National Science Fiction Convention and to sink a few pints of Draught Dublin Ale in Messrs. Maguire's brewpub.

More South African 'witch' murders

More than 500 witchcraft-related cases have been reported to police in the Umtata region of South Africa in the last 12 months. Most of the cases were attempted murder and criminal defamation, but there are about 50 or 60 murders of people accused of witchcraft each year. Authorities plan an awareness campaign. Elderly women targeted in witchcraft killings - The Dispatch, October 18th 2002.

Ancient Greeks completely straight.

Greece: Protesters have picketed an international conference to complain about papers being presented there on witchcraft practised by Macedonian noblewomen and on homosexuality in the court of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Among their complaints seems to be that the historians are using ancient documents!

Historians blast Salonica protestKathimerni, 18th October 2002.

The insurer said it was an act of God

A Sydney woman has lost her claim for compensation from her church after God touched her soul and caused her to bang her head.

She sued for AUS$750 000 (about R4-million) claiming someone should have been there to catch her when the Holy Spirit lifted her off her feet at a prayer meeting six years ago.

The judge ruled that she swooned too early and the catchers couldn't have been expected to get to her. The woman who sued God's house - and lost - IOL, October 18th 2002.

He'd better not try it!

Serbian men have revived a surefire way of telling if their fiancée is a witch.

The women are weighed and then weighed again sitting on the broomstick. If they weigh more the second time round they are not being supported by the broomstick and certainly not a witch.

Non-witches receive a certificate in a choice of languages, including English. Broomstick test tells grooms whether bride is a witch - Ananova, October 17th 2002.

Treating superstition as mental illness

A Zambian man has had his death sentence for murder commuted to twenty years in prison with hard labour after judges agreed that his belief in witchcraft was an extenuating circumstance. William Chisha murdered Abel Chikoma in 1999 but the report gives no details as how witchcraft belief was involved. Belief in Witchcraft Rescues Prisoner From Death Sentence - The Post (via allAfrica.com), October 16th 2002.

October 15, 2002

African 'witch' murders

Four members of one South African family have been shot and hacked to death, and police think it was because they had been accused of witchcraft.

Mbhekeni Ngwenya, 63, Deliwe Ngwenya, 53, Thembani Ngwenya, 22, and Mxolisa Ngwenya, 14, were shot and hacked to death on Saturday, but the police were only informed on Sunday.

The massacre is believed to be a revenge attack linked to witchcraft. Naidoo said members of the Ngwenya family had been accused of witchcraft and it was possible that it was the motive for the attack.

Family of four shot, hacked to deathIOL, October 14th 2002.

A recent World Health Organization report on violence noted that accusations of witchcraft often lead to violent death in some places.

In sub-Saharan Africa, accusations of the practice of witchcraft have driven many older women from their homes and their communities to live in poverty in urban areas. In the United Republic of Tanzania, an estimated 500 older women accused of witchcraft are murdered every year.

World Report on Violence and Health, p127. World Health Organization, October 2002. (the site is slow, but it gets there eventually!)

October 13, 2002

The word for today is 'irony'.

A man sentenced to 20 years in prison for impregnating his teenage stepdaughter with a syringe of his own sperm forgave the girl, the police, prosecutors and the judge, and read verses from the Bible.

Goff was found guilty Aug. 29 of rape and other charges. He was convicted of breaking the very laws he and his wife had campaigned for after a man accused of molesting his stepdaughter was acquitted. Lawmakers expanded the rape law in 1996 to include penetration with any object. Previously, only sexual intercourse was considered rape.

Man Gets 20 in Sperm Syringe Case - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 8th 2002. (Thanks Dissywitch)

October 12, 2002

Racist fuckwits

Swastikas and other Nazi symbols have been scrawled on the walls of Bucharest's Jewish Theatre in Romania. Culture minister Razvan Theodorescu described the vandalism as a moral crime not just for the Jewish community, but for all the Romanian people. Vandals deface walls of Jewish Theater in Bucharest with Nazi graffiti - Jerusalem Post, October 12th 2002.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Oregon say that one of the six men arrested on terrorism charges last week planned to attack synagogues, though not in a suicide attack because he wanted to be around to see the damage. Prosecutors say member of alleged Oregon terror cell considered attacking US synagogues - Jerusalem Post, October 12th 2002.

Durga e-Puja

I haven't tried this out, because it's a Flash presentation, but Bangalinet's Durga e-Puja allows you to pay tribute to the Goddess Durga without leaving your desk:

It is a unique way of worshipping. It is an interactive presentation where the devotee can offer flowers, light the lamps, play the dhak, and do aarti.

The rest of their Durga Puja site is more accessible, and contains a lot of information about the festival, the myths behind it and, most importantly, vegetarian recipes associated with it.

Substandard sweeties

An Indian minister has taken a temple to task over the poor quality of the sweets it sells. Endowments minister D Sivaramaraju made a surprise visit to Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala and was disappointed by the use of poor quality ingredients used to make a type of laddu called Srivari Prasadam.

The faith with which devotees purchase laddus should be taken into account and maximum priority should be given to quality. The TTD should not hesitate even if it comes to spending a few crores for maintaining high quality.

The cardamom was singled out for particular criticism. Poor laddu quality at Tirumala irks minister - The Times of India, October 12th 2002.

October 11, 2002

Jesus is dead, resurrection not expected

A murderer who told police he was Jesus Christ and had just killed the devil has died of heart failure in prison. Lee Adams was convicted of killing his nine month old son with a Swiss Army knife in August 1993.

Adams interrupted his first court appearance before now-retired Circuit Judge James Wimbiscus to tell the judge that he (Adams) could attain different states of consciousness, from human to divine, and said he could be addressed as a human or as Jesus Christ.

The court was told that Adams thought his wife was a witch who had infected the boy with evil. Spring Valley child killer serving life term dies in prison - Journal Star, October 10th 2002.

Extremists not typical

American church leaders have criticised the Christian Right for ignoring their bonds with the Christians of the Holy Land with their uncritical support of the Israeli government and defamatory comments about Islam.

Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society, declared, President Bush often reminds the American people that intolerant words of a few militant Islamic leaders are not representative of Islam. I am here to tell the American people that the comments of Rev. Falwell and others on last Sunday's '60 Minutes' are not representative of American Christianity.

Christian Leaders Challenge Religious Right's Ignorance of Palestinian Christians - US Newswire, October 11th 2002.

Evening classes at Hogwarts

Fortune telling is booming in Japan, and one college of the divinatory arts has 8oo students, mostly women between 20 and 40. Academia College President Akio Morinobu told Josei Jishin:

Fortune telling is a popular job with women because they can continue doing it for a long time regardless of whether they marry or have children. It pays better than most part-time work and it's possible to do it from home. Many people become astrologers because it's a profitable way for them to pursue their hobbies. Even though it's a good job, until recently nobody really knew about how to go about going it. But now, people realize that if you study hard enough, you can become a professional fortuneteller. Astrology has become a vital part of morning news programs and now just about anybody knows what their star sign is. It's a time when you can go up to just about anybody and ask them what their sign is. The shiftiness once associated with astrology is a thing of the past.

Fortunetellers see bright future in their crystal balls - Mainichi Daily News WaiWai, October 10th 2002.

Imagine the cat food bill

A Florida Pagan woman and her husband face charges of child neglect after their eight year old daughter, dog and 91 cats were removed from thier filthy house. Milan and Cynthia Jurkovic gave no indication as to why they kept so many cats, but the Associated Press felt it important to mention that Cynthia Jurkovic was a member of the Fellowship of Isis, an international organization "dedicated to honoring the religion of the Goddess,'' according to the group's Web site. 91 Cats, Child Taken From Florida Home - Associated Press (via local6.com), October 10th 2002.

I knew it would turn out to be the Conspiracy

Some unusual theories are emerging about the Washington D.C. 'sniper' killer.

One theory zipping around the Internet today is that this city's sniper killings are the work of a person or persons methodically etching the outlines of the Celtic cross onto the map. The Celtic cross is a ringed cross, and while it plays a part in Christian theology, it is also a pagan symbol.

Sign of the Celtic Cross: Is a Pattern Emerging to the D.C. Shootings? - The Village Voice, October 10th 2002.

And this posting to alt.conspiracy suggests it's all very complicated:

The first shooting was 2 October, the first day of the annual Satanic celebration of the Hindu Goddess Kali, the fierce Warrior Queen whose mythical role is to destroy the Old Order in order to establish the New Order. The CuttingEgde.org newsletter has pointed out that the original six shots formed a pattern on the ground which resemble the symbol of the Broken Cross, that old symbol by which the Roman Emperor Nero tried to annihilate Christianity almost 2,000 years ago. Satanists today still revere this symbol, and for the same reason.

The poster demonstrates their vast knowledge of tarot - the Death card which is 13th in the deck. 'Death' is numbered 13, but the deck starts with 0, so it's the 14th card in the deck.

Be careful what you ask for

God has granted a Nigerian pastor her wish in dramatic and public fashion. Pastor Pricilla C Emeh, of the Unique Women on Fire for Jesus Fellowship International, was conducting a service in the Gambia and gave a sermon on Colossians 3:1-4 which advise believers to set their eyes on things above - on spiritual things in heaven where Christ is. Shortly after telling the congregation my desire is to sit where Jesus sat, she heaved, collapsed and died in front of them. Pastor dies in pulpit - The Daily Observer (via allAfrica.com), October 8th 2002.

Thorough cleansing

The leader of a fringe Buddhist group in Cambodia has been freed after prosecutors found no law under which he could be prosecuted. He was detained after two nuns and a monk killed themselves by sitting in bathtubs of petrol and setting them alight as a way of getting into heaven. Although Dem Mam was accused of encouraging the ritual suicides, the nuns and monks were acting of their own free will. He himself told police he hadn't committed suicide himself as he was already holy enough. Bathtub Suicide Cult Chief Released - Reuters, October 10th 2002.

Bargains of the Day: Toys from Heaven

Toys from Heaven is an online retailer selling Christian toys, biblical toys promoting decency, morals and creativity for today's child. Featuring religious toys priced below retail. Jesus Museum has already noticed the Bible Greats Calvary playset, which enables your child to re-enact the crucifixion (nails not included).

Grand Prix fans might want the Virtue Series Race Cars (scroll to the bottom of the page). The five car series—Love, Compassion, Faith, Courage and Joy—-Promotes and encourages young people to think about character and values. All cars are highly detailed and Virtues Trading Cards are included.

October 10, 2002

Too busy.

If you look right, you'll see that there's a new print edition of the Prattle -- the first for three years. All of the text is also online, but if you would like a copy, please send an A5 SAE (or an appropriate number of IRCs) to:

Pagan Prattle Publications
c/o P.O. Box 666
Edinburgh EH7 5YW
Scotland

The colour cover is a special limited edition. I've also set up some discussion forums for the main articles - links at the bottom of the appropriate pages in the electronic edition.

October 9, 2002

Religions get on like a house on fire

A Bangladeshi Muslim has been arrested on charges of arson after a Hindu temple in Kishoreganj was set ablaze and a leaflet was left behind calling for an end to idol worship and for a mosque to be built to replace the temple. There have been three separate attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh in the run up to Durga Puja - a major religious festival. In the other two attacks, statues of deities were destroyed. Temple torched, idols destroyed in Bangladesh - The Times of India, October 8th 2002.

Prejudicing the jury 101

Lawyers in a murder trial are using the accused's interest in the occult and role-playing games to either prejudice the jury or get her off on the grounds of insanity - it's hard to tell which. 20 year old Clara Schwartz is accused of killing her father to get a large inheritance. Other testimony indicates that she thought her father was trying to kill her and that he was able to operate through third parties in strange ways. But the possibility that she suffers from old fashioned paranoia is hardly mentioned in the coverage.

Schwartz was reportedly was angry at her father and feared he was trying to poison her. The anger led her to escape in a world of fantasy role playing in which she created a game called "The Underworld" and played a dungeonmaster called the "Lord of Chaos," who plotted to kill her father whom she called "Old Guy," her friends testified.

Another of the accused is said to believe he keeps pet dragons. Testimony Highlights Role Witchcraft, Occult In Murder - Leeburg Today, October 8th 2002.

Someone doesn't understand Tarot

Eight people have been shot in six days, seven of them fatally, in the area around Washington DC. They have all been killed with a single shot, from a considerable distance. Now someone has left a tarot 'Death' card near the scene of one of the murders with the words Dear Policeman: I am God written on it. It seems likely to be a sick prank, but CNN are in a tizz as their reporter's entire knowledge of tarot interpretation comes from James Bond. Tarot card near scene: 'I am God' - CNN, October 9th 2002.

October 8, 2002

Bargains of the Day: Jesus picture, plectrums and the Jesus diet

Jesus picture made from Gospel John "words":

THIS GREAT 15" X 19" PICTURE OF JESUS PRAYING IS REALLY ALL THE WORDS OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN ARTISTICALLY MADE INTO THE FACE OF JESUS

---VERY UNUSUAL AND BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART BY ARTIST GWANG HYUK RHEE---

YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ THE ENTIRE GOSPEL OF JOHN---75,000 LETTERS---FROM THIS UNUSUAL WORK OF ART
FRAME IT FOR A BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE---THIS VINTAGE PRINT WAS DISCOVERED IN SOME OLD WAREHOUSE STOCK AND IS A RARE FIND ! ! !

You have nearly a week to bid on this and the auction stands at $9.99 right now. Other new auctions today include 12 Reflective foil Christian guitar picks ($6.50) and The Bible's Diet. Delicious Weight Plan ($5.00).

October 7, 2002

C-l-i-t-o-r-i-s

Canadian authorities have seized copies of a novel by British lesbian author Charlotte Cooper because they find a consensual fisting scene between two women to be obscene. Even though the law allows material of artistic merit, and the novel has received critical acclaim, the publishers face a long legal battle to get the work released for sale.

Canada has an allegedly feminist definition of obscenity, but so far, the law has been applied mainly against feminist and lgbt bookshops and small publishers:

You might be surprised to find that a lot of literary fiction depicting peculiar sex acts and/or violence is allowed into Canada, including novels such as 'American Psycho' and 'Porno,' by Irvine Welsh. Moreover, books that have the protection of large corporate publishers and their lawyers also manage to sneak in. Canada Customs just seems to have a problem with the smaller scale stuff that deals with queer sex, and because independent gay and lesbian bookshops sell a lot of sex-related matter, they get picked on the most. For example, for a long time every shipment of books Little Sister's bookshop in Vancouver ordered was scrutinised by the authorities and material seized - including safe sex information. The shop is now involved in a long-running legal battle to overturn Canada Customs' censorship policies.

Cherry Seized in Canada - Press release from Charlotte Cooper, September 2002.

Why France did so well in the World Cup

A French author has claimed that Jacques Chirac spent the equivalent of over a million pounds to ensure that France won the World Cup in 1998. In her book La Sorcellerie au coeur de la République (Witchcraft at the Heart of the Republic), Sylvie Jumel says the cash went as payments to Senegalese witchdoctors. He also used them, and French witches, to secure the presidential election but obviously did not pay out to help the French football team in this year's World Cup.

The book is published by Editions Carnot, who recently published Meyssan Theirry's books claiming that no aircraft crashed into the Pentagon on September 11 2001. This Europe: Chirac hasn't lost his magic, says author - The Independent, October 3rd 2002.

What's an ISIS neutrino machine?

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton are making separate visits to Phoenix between Spetember 29th and October 31st, and one woman is really worried:

SATANIC TRIADIC HIGH MASS COMING TO PHOENIX
& the CLIMAX of HU_man Sacrifice is at HALLOWEEN
is it their INTENT to kill me or my daughter? with the ISIS neutrino machine? or FRY a part of AMERICA or OTHER country/like IRAQ?

The politicians are apparently Satanist lizards and have been personally attacking her and her family., and nobbling search engines to stop you finding out about their nefarious deeds:

Phoenix has one of the three largest COVENS in the United States of Satanists......the Satanists have thrEAtened to kill me on more than one occasion..& my entire family.. my daughter just returned to high school and was "randomly"given the number 4086 as a student number.. ( meaning for 86-termination---already two children in my family of brothers and sister have been murdered) even the search engine GOOGLE lists my website page.. KOHOLISIS as the second most important page of my website.. because the lizard-satanists-nazis rule GOOGLE search engines.. .. ( check it out and look up "wiolawa"-9-27-02.. well i guess the nazis on yahoo read my message today and changed the order of links.. deceptive kreeps who the lizards love to eat.. ho ho ho to them).....

Bargain of the Day: EvengeCube

Bring people in the third world to Jesus with the EvangeCube! It's one of those fold out cube jobbies, with pictures of Jesus on it—bound to impress anyone under the age of about three. They also sell EvangeCane, EvangeCandy, posters and tracts.

He should've seen it coming

An Italian television psychic has been arrested and jailed. He had been a fugitive since December, when he was sentenced to four years on deception charges. He had been selling flats for souls to live in during the afterlife, and had charge one woman €50 000 to free her from witchcraft. 'Flats for afterlife' salesman lands in jail - IOL, October 3rd 2002.

A precise forecast

A Nigerian pastor has stuck his neck out and declared that Christ will return sometime in the next 998 years.

Really we are in the end time which is the day the Lord will return to earth. What we don't know is the hour, the day the month and the year. It might be 2002, 2003,2004 or any other year within the millennium.

He also blamed Christian themselves for the attacks they have suffered in northern Nigeria - he says it's because they haven't tried hard enough to convert people. Jesus Christ Returns This Millennium - Adeboye - This Day (via allAfrica.com, October 6th 2002.

October 4, 2002

Bargains of the Day: cuddly Biblical plagues and other kosher delights

Got all the plush Cthulhus? How about a bag of four plush Biblical plagues to keep them company?

O-o-o-o-h! Scary Passover fun (but not for Pharoah). Bag holds cute little locust, cow, frog and flea. Pull their cords and they buzz and wiggle.

Only $15 (US) from JewishSource.com. $48 will get you a set of eight "Oy Macca Beans":

Original Set of Eight huggable, squeezable and lovable animals. Each includes a tag showing name, birthday and memorable biblical parable. With creatures like Gefilte the fish and Jacub the bear, this colorful beanie animal set is sure to provide hours of imaginary play.

Other delights include Mr. Rock 'n' Roll Musical Dreydel (When you squeeze his left foot, he sings, strums the guitar and taps his foot to the music, Chanukkah O Chanukkah.) and the Kosher Plush Dog Bone Squeaky Toy.

(Thanks Charlie, who got it from Mike at Transreal Books)

My Wife Was a Witch

Pravda has a really strange account of a man and his magic-using wife:

I remember a more interesting incident. When Ayra was taking a shower, she incidentally broke her favorite china cup. She did not actually break it. She hit it with her elbow, and when the cup was falling down on the floor, she 'caught' it with her eyes. The cup stopped its fast falling, it turned over and landed on the stone floor softly, like a leaf. There was not even a crack on it.

My Wife Was a Witch - Pravda, October 3rd 2002.

October 3, 2002

Is there such a thing as good fantasy?

ChildCare Action Project has a competitor in the business of reviewing films on the basis of their effect on our morals and eternal souls. Ted Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and high heidyin of movieguide.org. I was planning to see Spirited Away, but Baehr rates it as "Abhorrent":

In a proper fantasy, the heroine might encounter messengers or representatives, allegorical or otherwise, from God or Jesus Christ, or even God Himself and/or one or more members of the Holy Trinity. The heroine certainly should not learn things from encountering pagan, animistic spirits, unless she's there to completely defeat them and/or worship or honor the One True God of the Bible. This is the difference between good fantasy and bad fantasy.

CAP hasn't got round to reviewing it yet, but on the basis of this review, I'll be going to see it the day it opens here! (via Ansible)

Satan at it again.

A former nun accused of abusing children in her care at a fundamentalist Christian commune in Canada has said that the children were lying about the beatings:

Lucille Poulin, 78, testified today the five children she is accused of assaulting at a rural religious commune are wicked and have been seduced by Satan to enjoy worldly pleasures.

But, in apparent contradiction to this, she insisted that she beat the children with a heavy wooden rod as legitimate corrections to keep her charges on the path to heaven, and that she would do the same to any other child she was asked to care for. She said that God told her to do it. We decided to stop all this mushy, fleshy stuff of love, love, love.

The case is due to resume on October 15th. Children lied about beatings, ex-nun says - The Star, October 1st 2002.

Please ignore our President putting fundies in charge of everything.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that 12 nations be designated as 'Countries of Particular Concern' under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The independent federal agency told Secretary of State Colin Powell that Burma (Myanmar), the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam have engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom. The Act allows the US President to take a range of actions, ranging from absolutely nothing to diplomatic and economic sanctions.

The designation of countries of particular concern is one of the most important human rights acts taken by any U.S. administration, said Commission Chair Felice D. Gaer. The IRFA requires the U.S. to oppose these egregious and systematic violations, whether the government itself commits them or tolerates them. We hope to see actions commensurate with the severity of these abuses.

A "Watch List" of countries causing concern has also been created - Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. Commission Recommends 12 Nations for Designation As 'Countries of Particular Concern' - USCIRF Press Release, September 30th 2002.

Not the New Age Goddess

Four members of the same family have committed suicide so that they could see the goddess Kali and acheive mukti (total liberation).

Police said Manikandan had been telling his relatives and neighbours that he and his family members would attain 'mukti' and Goddess Kali would save them. But he was apparently not taken seriously.
Manikandan, his brother-in-law Ilangovan, his brother Kalaiarasan and Manikandan's wife Deepa consumed the poison-laced kesari (a sweetmeat) after offering it to the goddess. Their bodies have been sent for post mortem.

The incident took place in Maduri, India, very close to the village where children are briefly buried alive as part of a religious festival. They took their lives for Kali's grace - The Times of India, October 2nd 2002.

Witch-hunting in India

Low levels of education and poor medical facilities have been singled out as leading to a belief in witchcraft in parts of Assam, India, where many innocent people have been victims of witch-hunts. Now, Assam police have launched a project to help counter those beliefs.

(DIG (CID), Kula Saikia) said that the 'Project Prahari' of the Assam Police, which aims to eradicate social maladies through community policing and community development, was first launched in a remote village Thaikarguri in Kokrajhar district, where five innocent persons were brutally murdered by villagers. He said that five persons -- four males and one female -- were killed by the villagers on May 25, 2000 as they were accused of practising witchcraft. The incident occurred after the deaths of several children due to various diseases. The villagers held a puja in the village where a lady from Kokrajhar, who performed the ceremony, identified the 'witches' and they were brutally murdered by the villagers. Eleven persons were arrested in connection with the brutal killing. When police first went to the village to launch 'Project Prahari', the villagers strongly justified the killing. But we found out that lack of health care facilities is the root cause of the superstition, and immediately, we organised health camps apart from regular health check-up. The people were also given health education and gradually the people admitted their mistake, Saikia added.

'Project Prahari' aims to end witch hunt - The Assam Tribune, October 3rd 2002.

This is not 17th century Massachussets

A specialist police unit in South Africa is investigating claims made by a young woman that a "chief witch" instructed her to kill her mother and disrupt her uncle's wedding. 20-year old 'Tshidiso' says she has been posessed by demons for the last eight years and has implicated several family members. The claims are surprisingly similar to 'confessions' made during the classic European witch hunts:

In a recent interview with Vaal Weekly at her home 'Tshidiso,' who is currently in Grade 8, named the chief witch who had taught them how to 'turn themselves into birds that could fly during the night.'
Before leaving the house at night to perform our routine duties for Manku (not her real name), I could feel my belly button (mokhubo) contracting. Then I knew my team mates were waiting outside for me.
Suprisingly, 'Tshidiso' said she managed to slip underneath a closed door or through a small window to meet her mates; she did this in the form of a demonic spirit.
Outside, they were transformed into birds, she said. They used sign language to communicate. Given the time she spent as a creature of the night, 'Tshidiso' is apparently the vehicle most frequently used by the alleged demons.
Asked how they identified one another, she said it was by the smell. Our smell is much different from that of ordinary people. During the day, we called one another 'Dombolo' or 'Mfo' and during the night 'Abasindiswa,' she explained.

She explained that their main task was to kill people the chief witch hated because of jealousy. Occult Unit investigates lethal hexing - Vaal Weekly, October 3rd 2002.

Feminist accepts patriarchal body image for women

A "women's rights officer" at a New Zealand university has declared that the large belly of pregnancy is punishment for sex and it's presence endorses the view of women as sexual objects. Jasmine Aletia wrote an article for a student magazine at Victoria University in which she claimed The protruding flesh (is) punishment for her contribution to the sex act, just as is the abortionist's knife. She did not indicate the punishment meted out to lesbian women who enjoy sex. Pregnant tummies 'punishment for sex' - The Dominion Post, October 3rd 2002.

But surely God made it anyway?

A group of Christians in South Africa want to change the name of a mountain because it has the word "Devil" in it. The African Christian Democratic Party want to call Devil's Peak, near Cape Town, "Dove's Peak" instead. Christians take exorcism request to new peaks - IOL, October 2nd 2002.

October 2, 2002

Site du jour

Public Action, Inc. are a bunch of self-proclaimed revisionists who would like to warn us about a Lubevitcher plan to install a worldwide Jewish theocracy and abolish Christmas. You can also learn all about how David Irving is really a Zionist agent.

October 1, 2002

Rah, rah, Rasputin!

A Russian priest has claimed that Satanism is on the rise and he blames western influences, especially rock music.

Rock music, which is very popular in Russia now, also originates from the West. From time to time, rock bands get together for a grand show under such slogans as No Drugs, Rock Against Drugs, and the like. However, Father Anatoly believes that this is open propaganda for drugs: As a doctor, and as a priest, I am certain that rock music is a straight road to drug addiction. Those people who organize those shows do not actually realize that. Probably, they don't realize this on purpose.

Satanism on the move in Russia - Pravda, September 30th 2002.

Book summaries

I have a vast collection of loony fundie nonsense and other strange religious literature. It ranges from the hate-filled lies which fuelled the Satanic abuse myth of the late 1980s to stuff which is, well, just odd. It's too good just to sit there taking up bookshelf space, and so as a new feature here at the Prattle I'm going to add summaries of the books - what do they claim, information about the author and their influence in the world at large. The first book is one I picked up at a local car boot sale last Sunday - Marc Dem's The Lost Tribes from Outer Space explains that the Jews are really the separate creation of a space alien, JHWH, and he's coming back to take them somewhere better any day now (and destroy the rest of us in the process).

Update, 6th April 2003: These now have their own category and will appear in the Prattle as they are done.

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