25 June 2012

religious excess: fake miracles, fake funerals

^^Jesus and Mo is donating 50% of book sales to Edamaruku's defense fund
"... Things appear to be getting worse for Sanal Edamaruku. According to latest reports our miracle-busting hero is virtually in hiding. If the police arrest him, as they have been threatening to do, he could be incarcerated for several years just waiting for the trial!"

Wanted: Sanal Edamaraku for exposing faked “miracle” at a church

from: the Hindu, May 7, 2012: India's god laws fail the test of reason 
"Early in March, little drops of water began to drip from the feet of the statue of Jesus nailed to the cross on the church of Our Lady of Velankanni, down on to Mumbai's unlovely Irla Road. Hundreds began to flock to the church to collect the holy water in little plastic bottles, hoping the tears of the son of god would sanctify their homes and heal their beloved. 

Sanal Edamaruku, the eminent rationalist thinker, arrived at the church a fortnight after the miracle began drawing crowds. It took him less than half an hour to discover the source of the divine tears: a filthy puddle formed by a blocked drain, from where water was being pushed up through a phenomenon all high-school physics students are familiar with, called capillary action. 

For his discovery, Mr. Edamaruku now faces the prospect of three years in prison — and the absolute certainty that he will spend several more years hopping between lawyers' offices and courtrooms. In the wake of Mr. Edamaruku's miracle-busting Mumbai visit, three police stations in the capital received complaints against him for inciting religious hatred. First information reports were filed, and investigations initiated with exemplary — if unusual — alacrity... " 
read the full article here

Petition the Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay to withdraw complaint against Sanal Edamaruku 
Donate to Sanal Edamaruku's legal fund

300,000 Spanish babies stolen by nuns and sold 

Identity crisis: Randy Ryder as a baby being cradled in a Malaga hospital in 1971 by the woman who bought him 
 ^^Identity crisis: Randy Ryder as a baby being cradled in a 
Malaga hospital in 1971 by the woman who bought him

found on: The Mail Online, Polly Dunbar
"Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals. 

The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.
Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal. 

Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.

But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial. In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents... "
Read more: Dailymail

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