Before We Claim the Intellectual High Ground

On Saturday I wrote about the murder of Kepari Leniata, who was tortured and then burned alive on top of a pile of trash for alleged “witchcraft”.  One line in the article I cited had this to say about the people of Papua New Guinea:

There is a widespread belief in sorcery in the poverty-stricken Pacific nation where many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune, illness, accidents or death.

We can just thank our lucky stars that we live in a society free of bizarre superstitions …

666 on tax form causes Christian worker to quit his job

Walter Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666.  The Bible calls 666 the “number of the beast,” and it’s often used as a symbol of the devil. Slonopas said that after getting the W-2, he could either [quit] or go to hell.

… sorcery …

About Gudni Gudnason

(Head wizard of the “Modern Mystery School” … known here as the DNA Activation guy.)

I was born in Iceland and I was born as an identical twin but my brother died after birth but since you cant tear twins apart I spent most of my time in the first 10 years of my life on the other side of the veil being taught things of divine nature by beings we call angels. oooof thats how it all started.. […]

This school finally sent me out into the world to teach and now we are in over 40 countries on 5 continents. Pretty amazing growth and the people are ready for this truth to come out. Now we are promoting PEACE with the Golden Pyramid of Peace that is a 9 meters by 9 meters base with a 8 meters high structure that goes to venues where we talk about attaining Peace in our lifetime! Peace World Wide Starts Within Each One of Us.

… and the rejection of natural causes for natural phenomena …

The [Answers in Genesis] Statement of Faith

(Selected bullet items below.)

  • The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days of creation.
  • The Noachian Flood was a significant geological event and much (but not all) fossiliferous sediment originated at that time.
  • By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.
  • The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe.

It’s true – and worthy of mention – that we haven’t burned anyone in this country for being a witch for a pretty long time; however, the same elements that led to that magnitude of ignorance and fear are still firmly rooted in our culture and society.  Some airplanes or buildings still don’t have a 13th aisle or floor (as if calling them by another number changes anything) … fictitious “healing modalities” like reiki and homeopathy are multi-million dollar industries … and a significant percentage of this country’s lawmakers put the consensus of the scientific community on the same level as an ancient Hebrew text from 2,000 years ago.

The harm that is caused by widespread acceptance of such superstition may not be as singularly deadly as the recent tragedy on the other side of the world, but we’re fooling ourselves if we think for a moment our capacity for it has gone away.

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