Fleecing the Gullible: January 2007 Archives

January 3, 2007

Bargain of the Day: Papal ball

Today's bargain is a golf ball, but it's no ordinary golf ball—it's a special HOLE IN ONE BALL - Pope Benedikt XVI

A golf ball, with tenuous Papal connectionOn 19 APRIL 2005 I have at hole 5 in my homeland club WENDELINUS GOLFPARK in SANKT WENDEL with this ball (Titleist 1) a HOLE IN ONE on my private round played. This course is only 116m long, one stands somewhat above the green and has a beautiful view of the offshore water hazard (see picture).

I experienced only later that at the Pope Benedikt XVI. (civil Joseph Alois Ratzinger) was selected on this day (19 APRIL 2005) to the successor by Johannes Paul II.

I still might mention that me in APRIL (at the 11th) Birthday has just like Joseph Alois Ratzinger who was born on APRIL 16th.

Spares a little crazy the whole!?

I am not strictly religious, but me whole history already to thinking brought.

The vendor is not a native English speaker, so for once I'm not going to take the piss out of the language.

January 2, 2007

Gullibility, greed and the US legal system.

United States: When both Charlie and Red Wolf draw my attention to a story, you know it must be good, and this one is a cracker.

A televangelist is being sued by her own family because her brother died of cancer after he decided to rely on his imaginary friend rather than medicine for a cure.

Darlene Bishop has published a book, Your Life Follows Your Words, in which she claims that she had been cured of breast cancer through prayer, and that her brother, Darrell "Wayne" Perry, had been healed of throat cancer using the same method. Perry died of the disease about 18 months ago. The book was published at a time when Perry's cancer had been in remission for over a year, although it is still on sale.

His children, Bryan, Justin, Olivia and Christian, have issued a lawsuit for wrongful death against Mrs Bishop because they claim she persuaded Perry to stop chemotherapy and rely instead on God's healing. They contend in legal depositions that at the moment Mrs Bishop and her brother were touring the country preaching about the miracle of his recovery, they were both aware that he had been advised by doctors that his illness was terminal.

Bishop denies the allegation and wrote in her blog (December 9th entry - permalinks are obviously far too complicated):

They are claming that I talked my brother Wayne out of going to the doctor when he learned of his throat cancer. I would NEVER EVER EVER tell someone to not go to the doctor. As a matter of fact I encouraged him to listen to the doctors, but he refused surgery saying he would rather die than have his voice box removed.

Presumably the family do not consider it likely that a 55-year-old religious man actually has a mind of his own.

Evangelist sued for claiming that God healsThe Independent, 2nd January 2007; Tele-evangelist sued over 'God can heal' claimThe Guardian, 2nd January 2007.

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