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Zimbabwean Churches Causing Hundreds To Die By Banning Medications

Apostolic and evangelical Christian churches in Zimbabew are discouraging and even banning their worshippers from taking their medications for HIV/AIDS, and other conditions, and they are dying by the hundreds.  Because Jesus cures AIDS.  Presto!

Except that he doesn’t.

 

Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe

From Zimbabwe NewsDay (emphasis added):

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Apostolic and Pentecostal churches with their origins in West African countries now based in Zimbabwe have been cited as the major culprits.

This sad story came to the fore during the recent burial of Tambudzai Mazvihwa (not real name) of Banga Village in Shurugwi.

According to speakers during her burial, she had stopped taking her anti-retroviral medication and developed complications, which later caused her premature death.

“Parents and relatives, I think you are all aware that our daughter here was taking anti-retroviral drugs, but for the past five months she had stopped her medication on instructions from her church elders who had prescribed holy water instead of the pills. It is the holy water that has caused her death. Had she continued with her treatment, she would be living up to this day,” said an elderly headman during her burial.

Only a few villagers attended the burial and members of her church did not attend for fear of being beaten up for having caused her demise.

As men shovelled red gravel onto her grave, some spoke in low tones condemning the acts of her church.

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There was no cross, no flowers and no name on her grave. Tambudzai is yet another victim of the doctrinaire religious sects that are taking Zimbabwe by storm; she is among hundreds of other worshippers who met a similar fate.

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There are also many versions of Christianity, with some churches overtly borrowing from traditional religious practices such as divination, witch hunting and “spiritual” healing.

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Pseudo-science And Religion: Drapetomania To Homomania

On their Facebook page, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) says that being gay is a mental illness.  It’s true because they say so!  Read the comments over at GoodAsYou; there are some excellent, well thought-out critiques on NOM’s pseudo-scientific claims.

It is really appalling to examine the lengths that religious extremists will go to justify their bigotry and hatred, and using their Bible to do it — I’ve discovered the term “drapetomania” (2nd paragraph below the Facebook screenshot).

“I believe …”, begins the quote by Louis J. Marinelli III, of NOM, and that is all it takes for a christianist to declare something as fact.

"I believe ..." turns anything into fact for christianists, with no regard for mountains of scientific data from medical, psychological, and social research findings.

Well, then what would one call the “mental illness” with the symptoms of refusing to be treated worse than garbage and having one’s basic human rights legislated away?  I think what I have, then, is “homomania”, ‘cuz the fantastic lies these people spew make this homo crazy-mad.

Physician Samuel Cartwright (1793-1863) coined the term "drapetomania"

In the 1800’s, when slaves had the annoying habit of running away from their masters, the Louisiana physician Samuel A. Cartwright “diagnosed” this “mental illness” and coined the term drapetomania.

His reasoning was that since God created some people to be slaves, that their NORMAL inclination (in caps, like in the NOM post shown, it helps to make it true), their NORMAL state of mind put there by God, was to be subservient to their masters.  Therefore, the “unnatural” desire to run away from their masters must be a mental illness.  Emphasis added:

Cartwright described the disorder — which, he said, was “unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers”[4] — in a paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana[5] that was widely reprinted.

He stated that the malady was a consequence of masters who “made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals.”[6]

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Andrew Shirvell Finally Fired, Cries Victim

Andrew Shirvell will become another darling of the Religious Reich, already crying “Victim!”, his christian right to lie, harass and stalk sinners has been violated!  This poor, oppressed christian was minding his own business when, out of nowhere and for no reason, evil homosexual tools of Satan and the librul media swooped down on him to destroy his life and attack his christian beliefs.  But, Je$u$ will bless him.  He will write a christian best-seller, go on speaking engagements for anti-gay christianist organizations, appear on christian talk radio and the Christian Broadcasting Network, hell, he might even get a job with Bryan Fischer!

via JMG

 

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Family Research Council Wants Your Opinions

Give it to ’em!  You can go to their site HERE and tell them.  I did.

FRC survey - step 1

The survey question: “Off the top of your head, what comes to mind when you think of the Family Research Council?”

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NARTH Lifts Their Luggage To Philadelphia, Met With Protest

Photo grabbed from JMG's gallery

Yesterday was the annual NARTH convention, held this year in Philadelphia.  You might remember the recent “Rent Boy” scandal with one of NARTH’s founders and board members, Dr. George Rekers.  NARTH

See photos of the bigots and read coverage of the protest at GoodAsYou, Joe.My.God. (and here), TruthWinsOut.

Read also ZACKFordBlogs, “

Love this from Joe.My.God.:

Today I participated in the Truth Wins Out protest at NARTH’sannual convention in Philadelphia, where TWO’s Wayne Besen led a chanting crowd of activists on the sidewalk outside their host hotel. Many of NARTH’s attendees took turns peering at us from the windows, but hid from us (in shame) otherwise. However Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, a speaker at the event, spent quite some time glowering at us from the front sidewalk.

When I first arrived, I got some shots of NARTH attendees inside the hotel, causing one to rush over yelling that I’d be arrested for “stalking” if I didn’t leave. Which I did, but I still got to “stalk” some of these baby-killers out to their cars, as you’ll see below. The tall bald guy is Christopher Doyle, an “ex-gay” who is on the board of PFOX and who is on staff with “ex-gay” whackadoodle Richard Cohen as a “Sexual Reorientation Coach” at the International Healing Foundation. If that wasn’t enough for this professionally “former” cocksucker, he writes newspaper editorials arguing againstthe Day Of Silence. Anyway, I don’t think pillow-whackerRichard Cohen has totally gotten Doyle in touch with his “natural masculine nature,” because when I kept taking photos, Doyle put his hand on his hip and hissed, “I don’t need this. Why don’t you just sssssssstop!”

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The Dark Ages vs. Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins et al.

A single quote from the Dark Ages that nicely sums up today’s christianist leaders and “culture warriors:

What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church … a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept them. – Martin Luther [1483-1546], Table Talk, published 1569

And a few more that describe them quite well.  Religion today, as always, is used to justify any deed they do.

God does not work salvation for fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin vigorously…. Do not for a moment imagine that this life is the abiding place of justice; sin must be committed.

Sin cannot tear you away from him [Christ], even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders.

Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a-begging. [Martin Luther, Table Talk]

Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but–more frequently than not –struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. [Martin Luther, Table Talk]

Circa 1518, Martin Luther standing before a fire with the work of Johann Tetzel in his hand. Tetzel and Luther wrote theological works arguing with the other's cause, resulting in the public burning of each other's work. Original Artwork: Engraved by Chevalier after (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Martin Luther and Johann Tetzel burning each other's books, circa 1518

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Christine O’Donnell Admits Using Campaign Money For Personal Use

Christine O'Donnell

...another pathological liar for Jesus

Christine O’Donnell now finally admits what she’s been doing all along, using campaign money to live off of and pay her personal rent.  She’s a grifter — plain and simple.  And she’s been lying about it and many other things, like her education and resumé items, but it’s all OK, y’all, because she loves her Jesus!

“She acknowledges using campaign money to pay part of the rent on her current town house. Her attorney maintains someone with the Federal Election Commission approved the arrangement, although the commission’s rules say candidates can’t use campaign money for their mortgage or rent “even if part of the residence is being used by the campaign.”

via rawstory and JMG

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