From the creator of Video Skepdude

Witchburnings in the 21st Century

Burning witches has not gone out of fashion, at least not in Kenya.

Eleven elderly people accused of being witches have been burned to death by a mob in the west of Kenya, police say.

Anthony Kibunguchy, the provincial police officer, told the BBC that the eight women and three men were all aged between 80 and 96 years old.

The mob dragged them out of their houses and burned them individually and then set their homes alight, our correspondent says.

To think that such sort of stupidity still exists now a day, kinda makes you glad to live in a country where we worry about ID and Creationism, and not being burnt on a stake. I find it particularly interesting that there were almost 3 times as many women in the 11 victims.

This kind of behavior is odd, but in no way surprising. It points out the importance of the fight against bigotry and magical thinking. Such extreme behaviors are the reason why we must fight stupidities such as astrology, homeopathy, ID, Creationism, psychics. And I don’t mean to say that if we let such stupidities proliferate they will inevitably lead to people being burned at the stake. But such stupidities require a suspension of reason and logic, and when reason and logic are suspended everything can happen. Burning old people is just one of the many things that are probable in that scenario.


May 21, 2008 Posted by | Crimes against Humanity, Critical Thinking, Thinking Out Loud | | 2 Comments

Top 10 Conspiracy Theories

LiveScience gives us this nice slideshow of it’s top ten ranked conspiracy theories. They are, in the order they appear on the slideshow:

  1. 9/11 Conspiracies
  2. Princes Diana’s Murder
  3. Subliminal Advertising
  4. The Moon landing hoax
  5. Paul McCartney’s death
  6. John F. Kennedy’s assassination
  7. The Roswell Crash cover-up
  8. Protocols of the Elder’s of Zion
  9. Satanic Cults
  10. Big Pharma

Have fun!

May 21, 2008 Posted by | Critical Thinking | | Leave a comment

UK teenager given summons for calling Scientology a “cult”

The Guardian informs us that a 15 year old was served a summons for holding a sing calling Scientology a “cult” during a protest in London.

The unnamed 15-year-old was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarters of the controversial religion.

Peaceful! PEACEFUL! And he gets a summons?

Writing on an anti-Scientology website, the teenager facing court said: “I brought a sign to the May 10th protest that said: ‘Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult.’

“‘Within five minutes of arriving I was told by a member of the police that I was not allowed to use that word, and that the final decision would be made by the inspector.”

A policewoman later read him section five of the Public Order Act and “strongly advised” him to remove the sign. The section prohibits signs which have representations or words which are threatening, abusive or insulting.

The teenager refused to back down, quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a “cult” which was “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”.

After the exchange, a policewoman handed him a court summons and removed his sign.

What? A judge called it a cult, and this poor guy gets a summons? I thought England valued freedom of speech. I guess I was wrong, eh?

Well guess what. Over here in the US we have a Constitution which protects our freedom of speech. First Amendment assholes.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

You hear that? There will be no abridging of the freedom of speech. As such I would like to say that Scientology is a freaking CULT! And there is not a damn thing Tom Cruise can do about it!

May 21, 2008 Posted by | Crimes against Humanity, Scientology | | 2 Comments