Another Exorcism Gone Wrong

Posted by Henry Paterson | February 27, 2014 22

 

Hey religion, you may want to blame secularism, or science, or the decline of culture for people turning away from belief… but seriously, you guys are doing a fine job yourselves.

From Al-Monitor.com

Teen dies at the hands of Islamic priest performing an exorcism.
February 24, 2014 By JT Eberhard

Israa Zourob, 17, died at the hands of one of these “therapists” on Feb. 2 in front of her parents and brother. Abu Khalil al-Zamili forced her to drink a liter of water mixed with half a kilogram of salt to expell the djinn that was possessing her.

Um Youssef Zourob, described the moment of her daughter’s death: “I do not know whether my daughter died of asphyxiation when [Zamili] was trying to make her drink salt water, or of salt poisoning. All I saw was that my daughter’s face turned blue as he shoved water and salt down her throat,” she recounted, tears streaming down her face.

“I brought my daughter here because she has been constantly hearing words of apostasy and strange noises,” her family told Al-Monitor.

Um Youssef Zourob, described the moment of her daughter’s death: “I do not know whether my daughter died of asphyxiation when [Zamili] was trying to make her drink salt water, or of salt poisoning. All I saw was that my daughter’s face turned blue as he shoved water and salt down her throat,” she recounted, tears streaming down her face.

I wish that this were the only recent case of people taking the DIY approach to their spirituality, or tackling the powers of evil but alas, no.

From The Daily Mail
Faith healing couple sent to prison for up to seven years in the tragic death of their SECOND child from treatable pneumonia

A Philadelphia couple who believed in faith-healing were sentenced on Wednesday to three and a half to seven years in prison for the death of a second child who never saw a doctor despite being stricken with pneumonia.

Herbert, 45, and Catherine Schaible, 44, defied a court order to get medical care for their children after their two-year-old son, Kent, died in 2009.

Instead, they tried to comfort and pray over eight-month-old Brandon last year as he, too, died of treatable pneumonia.

‘My religious beliefs are that you should pray, and not have to use medicine. But because it is against the law, then whatever sentence you give me, I will accept,’ Catherine Schaible told the judge.

She added that her beliefs have since changed.

The Schaibles are third-generation members of an insular Pentecostal community, the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia, where they also taught at the church school.

From People Magazine, 2012

Couple Charged with Murder After Daughter 5, Dies from Grape Soda Punishment

An East Tennessee couple accused of killing the man’s 5-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink large quantities of grape soda and water will face trial in October.

And a report I wrote about just a few weeks ago

Police: Second woman charged after 2 children killed during attempted exorcism
By Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton, CNN

(CNN) — A second Maryland woman has been charged with murder in connection with the Friday stabbing deaths of two children during an exorcism attempt, authorities said.

Two children died of multiple stab wounds and two others are hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, police said.

Fundmamentalist religions will tell you Faith is all you need, but seriously people, if your children are dieing of your faith, you probably need to rethink a few things.

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Henry Paterson

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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22 Responses

  • The Oshmar

    While tragic the “Couple Charged with Murder After Daughter 5, Dies from Grape Soda Punishment” doesn’t appear religiously motivated.

    As for the others, it’s a real shame that people cling to such archaic ways of healing.

  • IThinkso

    The ignorance can be attributed only to one of the devils teachings, but not the divines.

  • radioredrafts

    Faith does not cure stupid.

    Or to quote an old Indian, “Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”

  • Faith does not cure stupid, but it does empower it, and give it weapons.

  • IThinkso

    Spiritual or Scientific, … or Satanic.

  • radioredrafts

    I think in this case it’s just cryptic.

  • IThinkso

    Skepticism does not either, but the former is certainly better off when it comes to the last breath and the day of resurrection, as long as former does not associate anything or anybeing with The Truth or deny The Truth completely… the moment of stupidity at its worst.

  • Nyarlathotep

    Yup, the devil made them do it, No other explanation needed. Always the devils fault but not the person. Something good happens “Praise Jesus! Praise God!” something bad happens “The devil!” Great way to not take accountability for ones action.

  • IThinkso

    True, according to the scriptures Michael Brea is accountable, not the 00 agent, the devil … the respited one.

  • Deadeye

    I wish more people ,would, read the Bible! Its true medicines do help to cure a lot of sickness and diseases out there. So does God! Does anyone ever stop to think about how busy God must be?? Or that Sometimes, God just has to say NO!!!! I don’t agree with anybody that says, ( THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT) after reading in the Bible: Isaiah chapter 45 verse 7, Where it states,
    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

  • No, I never think how busy god must be. God is infinite, and omnipotent, therefore there is nothing that could possibly make him busy.

  • Deadeye

    All those things you said are true Henry but understand God can only please one group of people at a time that’s why he created the 4 seasons Fall and winter are my favorites due in large part what they offer me. Beautiful colored leaves and temps that make most people stay in the house

  • IThinkso

    “God is infinite, and omnipotent” – by Henry (GhostTheory Mod).

    Such a pleasant sight, should we celebrate?

  • Merely pointing out the hypocrisy of claiming a god who claims to be omnipotent can be described as “busy.”

  • IThinkso

    True,… “Sons of Adam inveigh against [the vicissitudes of] Time, and I am Time, in My hand is the night and the day.”

  • DhampyrSlayer

    Don’t worry Nyarlathotep you will get to take accountability for all your actions…Eventually…In the hereafter…Cheers!

  • Studentofhistory

    The first mistake is these people make is base their beliefs on a concept of God that can never be substantiated, and that they have a better understanding of god that anyone else, that is pure hubris. religions come and go. Look at zoroastrianism or many others that strikingly parallel christianity, yet predate it by thousands of years. the second is forcing those beliefs on their young children, instead of getting them the help they need. It’s the creationist, Ken Ham type of person, that honestly believes the world is only 6000 years old that are perpetuating this kind of behavior and are a total detriment to the billions of religiously devout humans on the planet that are also responsible, rational, critical thinkers. These faith healer and creationist give all other religious people a bad name. The thing that gets me, is that people 500-100 years ago would look at these modern people turning away from medicine that can easily save there loved one as absolutely irrational, and would have killed to have access to modern medicines. These medicines save people from easily cured diseases yet these “fundamentalist” that believe science is wrong would rather let their loved ones die. Very sad.

  • MysteryHunter

    But the earth is only 6000 years old, the only reason carbon dating is used is because it fits their time frame, everything else dates the earth as about 6000 years.

  • MysteryHunter

    You people have no idea what “faith” is. This will be my last comment, I’m tired of reading a site full of liberal atheists who believe there is no God. If you could just stop and think about all the things we don’t know, you might have a moment of clarity.

  • This is called a “God in the gaps” argument.

    Essentially it amounts to if you cannot explain something, God did it, or more simply put, “I don’t know, therefore I do know.”

  • DhampyrSlayer

    And this is called the “liberal atheists” argument.

    Essentially it amounts to if you cannot explain something, then there is no way God could have done it, so you make something up and call it scientific fact or more simply put, “I don’t know, therefore I made something up so now I do know.”

  • On the contrary, it is perfectly possible “god” did it. But there are many possibilities, and possibility and provable facts are far separated. I do not confuse possibility or belief with facts.

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