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Harry Potter never turned anyone into a witch
At least, not any kind that could works spells as described in the books. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what’s called “fiction”. Not good enough for this woman, Grace Ann, who’s taking it upon herself to eliminate all wizardry from … Continue reading
Posted in books, culture, religiosity Tagged books, Christianity, ethics, fan fiction, fantasy, Harry Potter, magic, morality 4 Comments
Sounds of Sunday: Mississippi Hoo Doo Man
I wound up looking up what exactly Hoo Doo is. That turned out to be a huge question answered very effectively by catherine yronwode and her piece entitled HOODOO, CONJURE, and ROOTWORK: AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLK MAGIC. She hits all the … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Sounds of Sunday Tagged blues music, folk medicine, folklore, history, hoodoo, magic, Sounds of Sunday, spiritualism, voodoo Comments Off on Sounds of Sunday: Mississippi Hoo Doo Man
Kids raised without religion have easier time with fact vs fiction
A couple studies were done recently to check how believable 5 and 6 year olds find stories that stretch the imagination. In two studies, 5- and 6-year-old children were questioned about the status of the protagonist embedded in three different … Continue reading
Posted in culture, In the Media, religiosity, skepticism Tagged atheism, Dungeons and Dragons, evil, faith, games, magic, religion, Satan, secularism, skepticism Comments Off on Kids raised without religion have easier time with fact vs fiction
Friday Night Frights (One Minion learns love doesn’t grow where Rosemary goes)
“Why have you conjured me into existence, Mistress Minion?” “Because I can! I found the secret book hidden away, thought lost for all time! Now I have the power over those bigger and stronger than myself! Mauahaahaah!!!! Now, I command … Continue reading
Posted in movies Tagged demons, Friday Night Frights, magic, movies, occult, witchcraft 1 Comment
How hard would you fight to combat ignorance?
Interesting story out of the Times this week – Sanal Edamaruku makes a living out of exposing con men in India. This week India’s most popular yoga master, Baba Ramdev, announced plans to launch a political party, promising to cleanse … Continue reading
Posted in religiosity, skepticism Tagged faith-based delusions, India, magic, mysticism, Optical Delusions, religion, skepticism Comments Off on How hard would you fight to combat ignorance?
The One Minion Search Party, volume 23
This one pretty much called to me the moment I saw it: wicca in buffy, willow was not a wiccan No, Willow sure wasn’t. As far as I’m concerned, she was a sorcerer, because she used magic to suit her … Continue reading
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Eek! Witches! Evil witches!
At the end of August I wrote about churches blaming the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for why girls were leaving the church in droves. Now, from CBN.com, a new favourite source for the wacky: When you are growing … Continue reading
Posted in religiosity Tagged Buffylove, faith-based delusion, fear, magic, tv, Wicca, witches, woo Comments Off on Eek! Witches! Evil witches!
Literary visionary – why does fiction fail on screen?
So, I finally got around to watching the one and only season of The Dresden Files. It was no Firefly, but how many short run shows are capable of generating that level of post-run success? I doubt fans rallied around … Continue reading
Trapped in a world that’s a distorted reality
Crowds gather to reflect on a reflection, yet again. This time, it’s in Springfield, Massachusetts and everyone’s convinced that the Virgin Mary is making herself obvious, including the voice on the video documenting the so-called “apparition”. Why, oh why, do … Continue reading
Posted in In the Media, religiosity, Why in the world? Tagged archeology, culture, faith-based delusion, magic, optical illusions, religion, science, skepticism, unnews Comments Off on Trapped in a world that’s a distorted reality