Topic / Superstition

Kentucky man photographs ‘soul’ of fatally injured biker

Saul Vazquez, a truck driver from Powell County, Kentucky, is convinced he captured the moment the soul of a motorcyclist left his body following a crash. A Catholic website carried this headline: Stunning photo shows soul leaving the body. After Vazquez posted the image to Facebook, it went viral, reported CatholicSay: The reason is astonishing. […]

Indonesian boobies thought that a sex doll was an angel

Indonesians living in the remote village of Kalupapi believed that an inflatable doll was an angel which fell from heaven, but later discovered it was a sex toy. The Asian Correspondent reports that one of the villagers by the name of Pardin had discovered the doll while fishing and brought it back to his village […]

‘Devil boy’ allegedly starved and beaten by RCMP officer

A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted police, currently suspended without pay, told a court this week that he enlisted his brother – a priest – to perform an exorcism on his ‘possessed’ 11-year-old son. The boy’s dad and stepmother, both free on bail, are each charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, and failure to […]

Tennessee votes to scrap law that protects faith healers

When Jacqueline Crank, above, was convicted in 2012 for child neglect after choosing faith healing rather than medical help for her cancer-stricken daughter, the case drew attention to a Tennessee “spiritual treatment” law, enacted in 1994, that that protected faith-healing believers from prosecution. The reason Crank was prosecuted because she went down the “wrong” healing […]

Mass hysteria breaks out at ‘haunted’ Malaysian schools

The picture above shows female students praying at the SMK Kemumin school in the city of Kota Baru, northern Malaysia, where 20 students were reportedly affected by mass hysteria sparked by ghostly presences. According to the BBC, trouble began at SKM Pengkalan Chepa 2 school, which had to shut temporarily to handle what local media […]

UK scientist helps Christian cult to promote creationism

The Jehovah’s Witness bagged themselves a Big One when they got Professor Raj Kalaria, above, to speak about his belief in creationism in a new video posted online by the cult. Keralia is currently a deputy director of the Newcastle Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle, and a professor of neuropathology at Newcastle University, […]

Superstitions Ancient and Modern

I was surprised to read in a recent issue of the Freethinker that its founder pledged to ‘wage war against Superstition in general’. I had assumed that it was only concerned with the “Christian Superstition” and its contents had not led me to think otherwise. Recently I gave a talk with the above title and […]

Church fined for noisy 3 am services to drive out demons

This YouTube video claims that ‘Bishop’ Climate Irungu (aka ‘Dr’ Climate Wiseman) ‘sees the invisible, he hears the inaudible’ – but the services ‘The Prophet’ conducted in London at ungodly hours were so audible that his church was fined for noise pollution. According to this report, the Camberwell branch of the Kingdom Church was fined […]

Buy a book like this and you risk knocking at Hell’s door

The first commercially successful adult colouring books were published in 2012 and 2013. And, according to this article: The once-niche hobby has now grown into a full-on trend, with everyone from researchers at Johns Hopkins University to the editors of Yoga Journal suggesting colouring as an alternative to meditation. The American Art Therapy Association claims […]

Unlike his predecessor, aged 200, this monk is truly dead

Last year snorts of derision echoed across the globe when high level Buddhists claimed that a 200-year-old monk found mummified in Mongolia was not in fact dead, but in a state of deep meditation. Well, another mummified monk is now in the news, having recently been exhumed from the vat in which he was placed […]