Entries Tagged as 'religion'

The Life Of The Flesh Is In The Blood

Started hematology today in school at 8am. By 8:15 I was already wondering, hoping really, that it was all just a very vivid dream. I like vampire movies and hungry sky gods that demand blood sacrifices as much as the next person, the blood is the life and all that, but endless pictures of indistinguishable little blood cells is a poor way to start a Monday morning after several blissful months of not really having to deal with any of this stuff at all. Eosinophils, basophils and neutrophils, oh my. On the plus side, I can now feel a small, deep satisfaction at being slightly less clueless than 134 first year medical students that started today.

Power of Prayer

A man, woman and two teenage children apparently shared a house in Necedah Township, Wisconsin with a corpse for two months before authorities found the body. At least one of the adults in the house insisted the dead woman inside wasn’t “fully dead,” and that they could pray her back to life … [Police] found Middlesworth’s remains in a heap on what appeared to be a toilet. Police reports indicate the smell of decay was “overpowering” … Police say Lewis then refused to talk to them without her “superior.” That turned up out to be Alan Bushey, who police say also goes by “Bishop John Peter Bushey.” After Bushey arrived, Lewis told deputies that Middlesworth passed out a couple of months prior, and that Lewis had propped her up on the toilet. She then claimed “Bishop Bushey” told her that God would raise Middlesworth from the dead, and that Lewis and her children prayed for days in hopes of that happening. Police also interviewed the teenagers, who told them Bushey convinced them to be quiet about the body. They say Bushey told them demons were making it appear that Middlesworth was dead, and that if her death was discovered, the children would be sent to public school and be forced to get jobs.

How Would Jesus Season?

Shearer’s boyfriend, Christopher Lee McCuin, 25, was charged with capital murder after police said they found her body, an ear boiling in a pot on a stovetop, and a hunk of flesh with a fork in it on a plate at the crime scene.

[McCuin] is now saying he was instructed by God to kill 21-year-old Jana Shearer over the weekend and then mutilate her body and cook parts of her flesh. “When he said God told him to do it, one of the investigators just looked at him and said, ‘What did you say?'” Wiginton said. “He said God told me to do it.”

You’re Doing It Wrong

Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity … The brawl apparently began when Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of their part of the church after the Christmas Day celebrations. Armenian priests claimed that the ladders encroached on their portion of the church, which led the two sects to exchange angry words which quickly turned to blows … the robed and bearded priests scuffled for more than an hour using fists, brooms and iron rods as weapons.

Get Your Enturbulation On

I slag off Wikipedia a lot for being full of mostly pointless crap about Star Wars characters and porn actors (reflecting the interests of most of its hardcore roleplayers) but it has some gems, such as this description of Scientology’s Core Beliefs. Proof that given enough time, smart people will construct a pseudo-intellectual metaphysics out of even the wackiest, obviously lobotomised shite.

Shangri-Lame

Few Tibetans would welcome a return of the corrupt aristocratic clans that fled with [the Dalai Lama] in 1959 and that comprise the bulk of his advisers. Many Tibetan farmers, for example, have no interest in surrendering the land they gained during China’s land reform to the clans. Tibet’s former slaves say they, too, don’t want their former masters to return to power.“I’ve already lived that life once before,” said Wangchuk, a 67-year-old former slave who was wearing his best clothes for his yearly pilgrimage to Shigatse, one of the holiest sites of Tibetan Buddhism. He said he worshipped the Dalai Lama, but added, “I may not be free under Chinese communism, but I am better off than when I was a slave.”