Of virgins and burning eyes

June 21, 2007 at 8:36 am (news&media, religion)

Batman is a good person. He believes in religion and all that it offers. But that doesn’t mean he has to believe every nutjob that comes around claiming to have seen the Virgin Mary. And good on him for doing so.
I’ve been tempted to write about Francesca Zackey before but decided not to because she’s already had too much publicity and writing about religion always gets me into trouble.
But the latest bit is too much. A lady going blind because she looked into the sun? Oh what a shocker. Another stupid incident brought on by religion.
What amazes me is the fact that everyone is now slamming the seer of Her Lady. Of course she’s talking rubbish, I think, how could anyone be dumb enough to look into the sun???
Isn’t that one of the first things they teach you in Sub A – Grade one for those who don’t know about subs and standards?
I vaguely remember Miss Adams telling us how bad it is to look into the sun and us wanting to tempt fate but being way to scared. How is it then that a grown woman disregards every normal thought to look into the burning ball in the sky?
I want to just shake my head and write it off as another dumbass thing to do but this just completely reconfirms my belief that religion is a bad thing. It’s the root of wars and the corrupter of men. Opium of the masses and all that; instigator of all things stupid.
I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for writing this but come now people – this is 2007. You can’t in all honesty say it was normal for an adult to look into the sun because some unknown girl claims she’s seen a holy figure. How can you justify that?



  1. kash99 said,

    the one thing that no-one is saying rigt now..is that that woman who kak stupidly looked directly into sun is monumentally fucked..’seriously her eyes are fucked,,and this 17-year-old..she lebanese..ai the lebs…why isnt focken working or studying or doing something..obviously not very bright????!!!

  2. Toby Hanks said,

    I’m also baffled as to why she looked into the sun. I just don’t get it. Don’t really agree about the lebs comment, Kash99, but I also don’t understand why people are believing this girl!

  3. kash99 said,

    When i first moved out to Joburg..M and i moved to a cottage on a huge property..treh owners were lebanese..they were very strange people..or maybe i just thought so cos i was only ever exposed to certain groups of people..

  4. Toby Hanks said,

    Could be hey. First impressions last after all.

  5. batman5172 said,

    people buy into this kinda thing coz life sucks for them. desperate times you know. they get roped in so quickly. probably don’t even go to church. it’s sad but true. like those pyramid schemes.

  6. tbhanks said,

    The church is like a pyramid scheme. I like that idea.

  7. batman5172 said,

    if you follow the wrong one you’ll get screwed

  8. madamm said,

    so churches should therefore be made illegal?

  9. tbhanks said,

    i think so.

  10. batman5172 said,

    some of them already are. there are many ‘churches’ that arent recognised as being churchs because of what they believe.

  11. Toby Hanks said,

    but then why do they get away with it? and who polices them anyway?

  12. batman5172 said,

    same reason there’s so much crime in the world my dear. not enough man power.

  13. Toby Hanks said,

    damn them to hell then.

  14. kash99 said,

    We one had issues with the UCKG-they have that huge white building close to Ct library – we wrote astory about them which they didnt like and we recived nearly 5ooo faxes from their members. no shit then we discovered that some of the people who work here including some in management goes to that church..well, we never ran anything on them again..but i do have something interesting to share..this is classic!!
    SOWETO, South Africa, June 11 (Reuters Life!) – Jesus wants you to drive a brand new Nissan Navara 4×4. He’d also like you to live in a classy house, use the latest cell phone and wear the snappiest designer clothes.

    That was the message from a recent Sunday sermon at the new Soweto branch of Brazil’s huge Pentecostal-style Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG).

    UCKG is expanding fast in Africa and bills its gleaming new cathedral in Soweto — which seats 8,000 and has room for hundreds of plush cars in its vast underground car park — as the biggest church on the continent.

    UCKG’s “prosperity gospel” message, which tells members to expect financial blessings from God as long as they give “sacrificially” when the collection plate comes around, is proving a hit in the world’s poorest continent.

    Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

    Controverial movement, based in Brazil. UCKG – the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God – also uses the name “Stop Suffering.”

    Promotes word-faith theology, with a particular emphasis on the seed-faith doctrine (i.e. if you want to receive money, healing or another blessing, you first must give or ’sow’ money). See also: prosperity theology

    Since its theology and practices are far outside those of normal, biblical Christianity, this movement is considered to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.

    UCKG news tracker & news archive

    UCKG RSS news feed

    Research resources on the Universal Church of the Kingdom of GodAnd it holds special resonance for the faithful of Soweto — a sprawling township once gripped by violence and poverty and now home to a burgeoning black middle class.

    “God doesn’t want you to be poor and ashamed — he wants you to drive a new car,” the preacher at the new Soweto church yelled into a microphone, to delighted whoops from thousands.

    A Zimbabwean couple take to the stage to explain how they gave a large chunk of their money to the church then watched their business grow. They were soon able to buy their own house and two new cars — including the much-vaunted Nissan Navarra.

    “A brand new Nissan Navarra people,” shouted the preacher “God wants to show his power in your life too.”

  15. Toby Hanks said,

    Oh hell.

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