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.

Recently there has been a run of stories of exorcisms gone wrong. In the last few years there has been a trend in African nations blaming various mishaps, up to and including rapes and deaths, on a belief in Goblins. People who seem to lack the capacity for self control, and personal responsibility have an easy out in these sorts of beliefs in fantasy. So far those cases have been largely single events, no less tragic for that.

Many people look at these stories and shake their heads, wondering at the foolishness of their fellow humans. We even find a moment to laugh, when the story is not so tragic. But an organized, ignorant and positively medieval belief in fantasy can go beyond the level of incurring our curiosity to the point of creating sickening disillusionment with how we excuse treatment of each other.

Here, from Yahoo News, is a large scale and long running case of abuse of Human rights and Human dignity which the perpetrators think they can excuse through a belief in fantasy.

From Yahoo.news

Morocco’s mentally ill await deliverance from their ‘demons’

Bouya Omar (Morocco) (AFP) – A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls.

These are Morocco’s “possessed” — from violent schizophrenics to hard drug users — who are believed to be tormented by evil spirits and whose relatives bring them here to await deliverance.

Taken to Bouya Omar by his brother in 2006 to be cured of his “demon”, he says he was shackled and beaten repeatedly, given barely enough food to survive and robbed of the little money he had.

“I lived in hell for a year,” Mohammed told AFP, adding that the experience had left him partially blind in one eye.

“The health minister cannot close Bouya Omar because it serves a political purpose and exists for other social and cultural reasons that are deeply rooted in Moroccan society,” says author and academic Zakaria Rhani.

Here is the cost of lack of education, of blind faith, and of fundamentalist religion.

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  • DanielKnight4Christ

    “Here is the cost of lack of education, of blind faith, and of fundamentalist religion.” Henry, can you stop being a hateful religion basher? WHAT idiot is the cost? How moron does fundamentalist cause a vague “cost”? Cuz Henry the white asshole said so? Evil idiot, PLEASE, please learn what “fundamentalism” means, here’s a hint for you, USE GOOGLE, lazy guy. Stop making stupid assumptions. But since you’re a lazy as

  • 2Dogs

    Whoa dude, who pissed in your cornflakes??? Just for starters, your an example of what beliefs/religeon…please tell me so I can take note.

  • I agree that raping kids is wrong. Apparently the fundamentalists at the Vatican do not agree.


  • jenkem5

    Wow, the Catholics admitted they were infiltrated by homosexual deviant satanic filth in the 60’s and 70’s. They have been purging their ranks of the scum since their presence became evident. Islamic imam’s to this day around the world say raping children, mutilating female genitals, killing non-followers, is all holy and to be carried out by their most faithful. Your lack of information is appalling. Ignorant swine.

  • How’s that purge working for them?
    Now that they have had 50 years or more to work it out.
    And they only discovered the problem in the 1960’s??
    How many centuries has it been going on?
    Really on top of it aren’t they.

  • Clinton Stanaland

    Wow Henry, these guys are just blowing up on you huh? I’ve been a long time reader but never got into comments discussions until now. I agree with you that a lack of education and blind faith cause these issues to become normal, common place and even encouraged. Personally instead of saying fundamentalist religion I’d go with all religion. Blind faith and religion have been used to sweep humanities dirty laundry under the rug ever since mankind first called the sun a god.