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Science Johnson on 30 Nov 2008

Science moment – Understanding Pseudoscience

A guide:

How to Spot Pseudoscience

Some of the telltale signs of a Pseudoscience, according to the article:

1. Does the claim meet the qualifications of a theory?

2. Is the claim said to be based on ancient knowledge?

3. Was the claim first announced through mass media, or through scientific channels?

4. Is the claim based on the existence of an unknown form of “energy” or other paranormal phenomenon?

Christianity &Islam Johnson on 30 Nov 2008

“Peaceful” religions cannot reach peace

When you consider the fact that religions proclaim themselves to be all about “love”, “kindness”, “charity” and “forgiveness”, it is amazing how much trouble the members of these religions have getting along with one another. Recent news stories:

Hundreds dead after Christian and Muslim gangs clash in Nigeria

More than 200 people have been killed in two days of clashes between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria, the Red Cross said yesterday, during the worst unrest in the country for years.

20,000 Muslims Attack a Church in Cairo

One thousand Christians were today trapped inside the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in West Ain Shams,Cairo, after more than twenty thousand Muslims attacked them with stones and butane gas cylinders. The Church’s priest Father Antonious said that the situation is extremely dangerous.

Obama’s inaugural oath

Obama was dogged during the campaign by the allegation that he was a secret Muslim, an Islamic Manchurian candidate. Even some commentators who didn’t accuse him of being a practicing Muslim delved into his childhood in Indonesia in search of evidence that he practiced, however briefly, the faith of his father or stepfather. Obama is a Christian, but Hussein, his middle name, is a common Muslim name. To capitalize on anti-Muslim sentiment, detractors took to calling him “Barack Hussein Obama.” (John McCain, to his credit, denounced a radio host in Ohio who “warmed up” a Republican rally by using all three of Obama’s names.)

Somali opposition official: AU troops welcome

Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said African Union troops would be welcome in Somalia, most of which is under the control of Islamic insurgents. The Ethiopians, by contrast, have been seen by many as a catalyst for violence during their two-year presence here…

The Ethiopian government has long said it wanted to withdraw after stabilizing Somalia. Its opponents say Ethiopia, a mainly Orthodox Christian country with a Muslim minority, was interested mainly in preventing an Islamist regime in the neighboring country.

Religious freedom and human dignity

Saudi Arabia is not the only Islamic nation with problems tolerating other religions. Bahais are persecuted by Iran. Religious intolerance abounds in Iraq. Egypt is grappling with similar issues. Even the Palestinian territories, previously known for strong Christian-Muslim relations, are experiencing a rise in tension.

A cloud over India’s Muslims

If, as now seems likely, last week’s terrible events in Mumbai were the work of Islamic terrorists, that’s more bad news for India’s minority Muslim population. Never mind that the perpetrators were probably funded from outside India, in connection with the ongoing conflict over Kashmir. The attacks will feed a powerful stereotype of the violent and untrustworthy Muslim, bent on religious conquest, who can never be a good democratic citizen. Such stereotypes already shadow the lives of Indian Muslims, who make up 13.5% of the population…

The revelation that members of the Hindu right have embraced ethno-religious cleansing should amaze nobody. Since the 1930s, their movement has insisted that India is for Hindus, and that both Muslims and Christians are foreigners who should have second-class status in the nation.

This year, in the eastern state of Orissa, members of the Bajrang Dal have murdered scores of Christians who refused to reconvert to Hinduism. (Most Indian Christians are descendants of converts, often from the lowest Hindu castes.) Peaceful villages have been reduced to ashes; a church-run orphanage was torched; dozens of churches have been destroyed; missionaries and priests have been murdered in cold blood. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes, and at least 30,000 are homeless. The rallying cry: “Kill Christians and destroy their institutions.”

Too many Christian-Muslim dialogues, Vatican says

“In my opinion, there are too many Christian-Muslim initiatives. Everybody’s doing it,” he told Reuters in an interview. “One doesn’t know where this will go. That proves there is a great interest, but it sows a bit of confusion.

“There’s a risk of overlapping… It may be the price to pay for all this interest that interreligious dialogue incites.”

Dialogue between Christians and Muslims is nothing new, but the Sept. 11 attacks and sharpened tensions between western and Muslim states have given it a new urgency and sparked concern about a growing gap between the world’s two largest religions.

Scout leaders plan more Muslim troops

Muslim leaders are planning to build on the success of Scotland’s only Muslim Scout troop by establishing more across the country…

They will say Muslim prayers instead of Christian ones, and children in their Beaver colony, for those aged six to eight, may colour in pictures of mosques instead of secular buildings. The Beaver and Cub groups are mixed sex, whereas the Scout troops – for those aged 10 to 14 – are single sex for religious reasons.

Christianity &Rationals Johnson on 29 Nov 2008

The Trouble with Atheism

A BBC documentary on atheism entitled The Trouble with Atheism is available on YouTube. Here is Wikipedia’s description of the program:

The Trouble with Atheism

The Trouble with Atheism is an hour-long documentary on atheism, presented by Rod Liddle. It aired on Channel 4 in December 2006. The documentary focuses on criticising atheism, and science in general, for its perceived similarities to religion, as well as arrogance and intolerance. The programme includes interviews with a number of prominent scientists, including atheists Richard Dawkins and Peter Atkins and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne. It also includes an interview with Ellen Johnson, the president of American Atheists.

This is the hour-long program:

Part 1:

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Several in-depth reviews are available on the web:

1) A response to ‘The trouble with Atheism’

2) TV Reviews: The Trouble With Atheism

Christianity Johnson on 26 Nov 2008

Where does religion come from?

Douglas Adams gave a speech entitled:

Is there an Artificial God?

In this speech he summarizes the most obvious reason for the origin of religion. It goes like this:

Where does the idea of God come from? Well, I think we have a very skewed point of view on an awful lot of things, but let’s try and see where our point of view comes from. Imagine early man. Early man is, like everything else, an evolved creature and he finds himself in a world that he’s begun to take a little charge of; he’s begun to be a tool-maker, a changer of his environment with the tools that he’s made and he makes tools, when he does, in order to make changes in his environment. To give an example of the way man operates compared to other animals, consider speciation, which, as we know, tends to occur when a small group of animals gets separated from the rest of the herd by some geological upheaval, population pressure, food shortage or whatever and finds itself in a new environment with maybe something different going on. Take a very simple example; maybe a bunch of animals suddenly finds itself in a place where the weather is rather colder. We know that in a few generations those genes which favour a thicker coat will have come to the fore and we’ll come and we’ll find that the animals have now got thicker coats. Early man, who’s a tool maker, doesn’t have to do this: he can inhabit an extraordinarily wide range of habitats on earth, from tundra to the Gobi Desert – he even manages to live in New York for heaven’s sake – and the reason is that when he arrives in a new environment he doesn’t have to wait for several generations; if he arrives in a colder environment and sees an animal that has those genes which favour a thicker coat, he says “I’ll have it off him”. Tools have enabled us to think intentionally, to make things and to do things to create a world that fits us better. Now imagine an early man surveying his surroundings at the end of a happy day’s tool making. He looks around and he sees a world which pleases him mightily: behind him are mountains with caves in – mountains are great because you can go and hide in the caves and you are out of the rain and the bears can’t get you; in front of him there’s the forest – it’s got nuts and berries and delicious food; there’s a stream going by, which is full of water – water’s delicious to drink, you can float your boats in it and do all sorts of stuff with it; here’s cousin Ug and he’s caught a mammoth – mammoth’s are great, you can eat them, you can wear their coats, you can use their bones to create weapons to catch other mammoths. I mean this is a great world, it’s fantastic. But our early man has a moment to reflect and he thinks to himself, ‘well, this is an interesting world that I find myself in’ and then he asks himself a very treacherous question, a question which is totally meaningless and fallacious, but only comes about because of the nature of the sort of person he is, the sort of person he has evolved into and the sort of person who has thrived because he thinks this particular way. Man the maker looks at his world and says ‘So who made this then?’ Who made this? – you can see why it’s a treacherous question. Early man thinks, ‘Well, because there’s only one sort of being I know about who makes things, whoever made all this must therefore be a much bigger, much more powerful and necessarily invisible, one of me and because I tend to be the strong one who does all the stuff, he’s probably male’. And so we have the idea of a god. Then, because when we make things we do it with the intention of doing something with them, early man asks himself , ‘If he made it, what did he make it for?’ Now the real trap springs, because early man is thinking, ‘This world fits me very well. Here are all these things that support me and feed me and look after me; yes, this world fits me nicely’ and he reaches the inescapable conclusion that whoever made it, made it for him.

There is one additional layer to this explanation that bears exposure. Man does imagine a “god” because man is a maker. But in addition, primitive man cannot yet see any other possible source for all of it. Lacking science and its close companion technology, man cannot see gravity or DNA or atoms or chemical reactions or any of the other processes that actually, really make it work. An invisible “god” is the apparent answer, lacking science.

Today we do have science, and we realize where everything comes from. Unfortunately, science is hard compared to superstition. Science requires study and thought. Thus we have ignorance. Everyone who is ignorant goes with the default answer for ignorant people: an imaginary “god”. So religion persists even though we have science.

That wouldn’t be so bad if religions like Christianity and Islam didn’t always come bundled with hatred, bigotry, superstition and war. But they do, and these attributes threaten humanity.

Our only hope is to treat religion like smoking. We must push religion deeper and deeper underground so that fewer and fewer children are exposed to it. And we must educate children while they are young so their brains are inoculated against religion. And then we must wait a few decades for the remaining religious people to die off. That is our only hope for ending religion.

Christianity Johnson on 25 Nov 2008

Here is the definition of Evangelical Christianity

What is the definition of evangelical Christianity, also known as Christian Fundamentalism? This article lays it out, and it is frightening:

The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism

The four components of evangelical Christian belief are:

(1) Inerrancy or biblical literalism, the belief that every word of the Bible is to be taken literally as the word of God;

(2) conversion or the experience of being reborn in Christ;

(3) evangelicalism or the duty of the saved to spread the gospel; and

(4) Apocalypticism or Endism, the belief that The Book of Revelations describes the events that must come to pass for God’s plan to be fulfilled.

If you have ever wondered what is going on inside the heads of the millions of fundamentalists in the United States, this in-depth and fascinating article will unravel it for you.

The author calls fundamentalism a disorder. You see the disorder starting at item 1 in the definition. How could anyone in their right mind believe that the Bible is literally true? There are so many contradictions and so much obvious, flaming nonsense in the Bible that any person with the smallest amount of intelligence can detect it. And yet, apparently, millions are immune to that simple act of detection.

Since anyone should be able to detect the obvious problems in the Bible, but millions fail to do so, we must ask, “Why?” The article attempts to explain it as a psychological disorder.

The question would have to be: Is there any way to heal these people and break their delusion? Or are they so damaged in childhood that it is hopeless?

The fact that such severe psychological damage is done to so many children by religion should be reason enough to work toward eliminating religion from our society.

If you are a Christian and you would like to better understand the nature of your delusion, this free book can help:


Christianity Johnson on 24 Nov 2008

The Irrationality of the Christian Brain, as Manifested by President George W. Bush

This weekend, President George W. Bush delivered his Thanksgiving proclamation:

A Thanksgiving proclamation from President Bush

In it you can witness the complete irrationality of Christian thinking. If you are a Christian, this level of irrationailty should give you pause. Here is Bush’s first paragraph:

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.

This paragraph alone is enough to cause any rational person to note the obvious problem. Which is this: If “we recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God”, then that must automatically mean that all suffering comes from God as well. Suffering must be the result of God withholding blessings. When millions of children starve to death each year, it is because God has refused to bless them with food. And according to President Bush, there is no way to prevent their starvation, since that would come “from the hand of man”.

The further irrationality of Christian thought can be seen just a few sentences later. In paragraph 1 Bush says that “all… the freedoms we enjoy… all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.” Then in paragraph 3 he says this:

Our Nation is especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety.

If freedom is a blessing from God, not from the hand of man, then why do we need the hand of man to protect these rights?

And why in the world would a “Christian President” start a war when Jesus reiterates this message so many times in the New Testament:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:43-44

If Bush were following Jesus, there would be no need for Armed Forces, nor their presence fighting in foreign lands, since we should love our enemies instead of waging war.

Do Christians not think about what they are saying? Do they never check their thoughts for internal consistency? How can Christians live with so much obvious contradiction flowing through their brains?

If you are a Christian who is beginning to understand and therefore reject the contradictions, you can find a better way to think in this free book:


Christianity Johnson on 21 Nov 2008

The incredible arrogance of Christians

In this article, there is a quote that provides the perfect example of Christian arrogance:

Cell phone stops heart-bound bullet

The quote:

When he removed the nylon case of his Motorola Razr phone from a pocket on the bib of his overalls — over his heart — a .45 caliber bullet fell to the ground.

“I don’t look at any of this as coincidence,” said Richard, who suffered only bruising on his chest. “I look at this as God telling me to put my cell phone in that pocket, and I’m grateful and humbled.”

A rational person looks at this and sees exactly what it is: a coincidence. The man, named Ronald Richard, denies this obvious fact. Instead, he is claiming that an all-powerful God supernaturally reached down onto earth and told him where to put his cell phone. The subtext is obvious: “I am so wonderful that God chose explicitly to save my life.”

The truly sad part is that Christians carry this arrogance with them despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. People die of gunshot wounds every day. Take this 11-year-old boy shot in the chest about the same time:

Boy, 11, dies of gunshot wound to chest

An 11-year-old boy died Tuesday afternoon of a gunshot wound to the chest that occurred while he and a friend were apparently playing with a handgun, Detroit Police said.

God (if he existed) could have jammed the gun, unloaded the gun, moved the aim of the gun over a few degrees, put a cell phone in the boy’s pocket, etc. But, obviously, the boy wasn’t as wonderful as Richard. So the boy died.

10 million children die of starvation every year. The only way to believe that God is directing you in where to put your cell phone is to also believe that God is purposefully ignoring the plight of these children. And that makes God a monster. Why anyone would want to worship such a monster is beyond comprehension.

If you are a Christian who is starting to see the monstrosity of this imaginary God, you can learn more here:


Christianity Johnson on 20 Nov 2008

What happens when we apply the Bible in real life?

Many Christians claim that the Bible is “God’s Word” and should be used as a guide to right and moral living. Is this true? Let’s look at an example.

What happens if we take Exodus Chapter 21, verse 20:

If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.

And combine it with Luke Chapter 12 verse 47, in which Jesus says:

That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.

What happens when we apply these “right and moral” verses in real life? We get this:

LIFE: Rear view of former slave revealing scars on his back from savage whipping

If you are a Christian and your conscious mind is beginning to see that the Bible is a ridiculous book, you can learn more here:


Christianity Johnson on 19 Nov 2008

It has started: we are witnessing the beginning of the end of public Christianity

With this article, we see that it is now acceptable in polite society to bash Christian believers and their religiosity. This is a mainstream pundit speaking in the Washington Post:

Giving Up on God

Some of the juiciest quotes include:

– “the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.”

– “Armband religion is killing the Republican Party.”

– “[the GOP] has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.”

– “the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows.”

Most importantly:

Given those facts, the future of the GOP looks dim and dimmer if it stays the present course. Either the Republican Party needs a new base — or the nation may need a new party.

The only reason that Christianity has such a strong public voice is because of its stranglehold on the Republican party. But now the Republican party is recognizing – and publicly stating – that these people are idiots. The author could not be clearer: Evangelicals are the “oogedy-boogedy” “low brows” of the Republican party, according to the author. And she is right.

It will be a long process, but the idiocy and hatefulness of evangelical Christianity has finally become obvious to the general public. History will note that Religiosity reached its Zenith this year in the form of Sarah Palin. She is the spokeswoman for evangelical Christianity, and everyone outside the Christian bubble can see that she is an hate-filled idiot.

It is all downhill from here for Christianity.

The reason for Christianity’s inevitable death is obvious: God is imaginary

Science Johnson on 18 Nov 2008

Science moment – the Big Bang

What actually happened during the Big Bang? Here is a description that may change the way you think about this event:

The Big Bang Was an Explosion OF Space, Not IN Space

The Big Bang was not an explosion of matter into space, rather it was an explosion of space ITSELF, and since space and time are interconnected, we really have to say it was an explosion of space AND time, or space-time.

So, the Big Bang wasn’t an explosion of stuff like atoms or molecules, it was an explosion of a place and instance, it was the creation of when and where.

For more information on the Big Bang see:

Part 2

Christianity Johnson on 17 Nov 2008

Instead of seeking “religious harmony”, let’s heal the delusion

The 2008 TED prize went to Karen Armstrong. Here is her acceptance speech:

The description of the video says:

People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

Now her wish has been granted:

World asked to help craft online charter for religious harmony

A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions.

The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a “wish” granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.

Her central tenet: “The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony”

If that is the goal, then here is what we need to do: We need to heal everyone who suffers from the delusion called religion, so that we can all face the world as rational human beings. Religion is a psychological illness. In this disease, otherwise intelligent humans start to believe in imaginary “gods”. Once they believe in these imaginary friends, they begin talking to them. Then they come to believe that the “gods” are talking back to them. They begin to believe in all sorts of irrational superstitions like “prayer”, “faith healing”, “speaking in tongues”, “medical miracles”, etc.

The entire proposition of religion is ridiculous. It is a psychological illness, and the only merciful response is to cure those who suffer from it. At religion’s core is hatred of those outside each sect. The way to end the hatred is to cure the disease. The entire human species will be better off when we realize that, and begin behaving as a rational species.

If you are religious and would like to start recognizing and curing your own delusion, this free book can help:


Christianity Johnson on 16 Nov 2008

Has anyone else noticed that Obama’s victory is driving religious republicans insane?

Do you have any deeply religious friends? If so, have you noticed that some of them have been driven close to the point of insanity by Obama’s victory? They will say things about Obama that seem far removed from the confines of rational thought. They may also be stocking up on guns.

In the public sphere, Rush Limbaugh is one person who displays this insanity. For example:

Obama Recession in Full Swing

The Obama recession is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen. Stocks are dying, which is a precursor of things to come. This is an Obama recession. Might turn into a depression. He hasn’t done anything yet but his ideas are killing the economy. His ideas are killing Wall Street….

He hasn’t even passed anything yet. The truth about this is, the markets work six to nine months ahead. Everybody in the market is trying to figure out where we’re going to be six to nine months ahead. They’re selling and they’re getting out. That 4,000-point drop, that was also due to Obama.

Blaming the 4,000 point drop in the stock market on Obama is a sign of insanity. Calling it the “Obama recession” is insanity. Obama isn’t even in office yet.

Here is a republican congressman:

Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship

Look at some of the statements made in this article:

– A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.

– Broun said he also believes Obama likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force.

– “We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun said. “You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential.”

These are prominent people. They are speaking in public. They say things that sound, well, insane.

More examples:

Priest: No Communion for Obama voters

Idaho students chant ‘assassinate Obama’ on school bus: Report

BR gun stores see sales spike:

McClain said this unease is fueled by charges — some leveled by the McCain/Palin campaign directly and others that circulated on the Internet — that Obama, who is Christian, is a Muslim, has ties to terrorists and is insufficiently patriotic.

“It makes people uneasy about the future of our free country,” he said, “myself included.”

Why does Obama cause such incredible angst for Christians? Anyone know?

Christianity Johnson on 14 Nov 2008

God, in his infinite wisdom, is guiding hip hop music

Kanye West has God on his side:

Kanye West On God & Hip Hop

When MTV asked if he deliberately decided to change direction the star got spiritual.

Kanye said: “What was in me I couldn’t stop, I think it’s a path; it’s a road, that’s been paved and given by God.

“There’s so many signs and I just have to follow the signs and the arrows of where he wants me to go and just be fearless about it.”

His new album is “808s And Heartbreak”, available on November 24.

It is remarkable that God would take the time to guide West’s music, while at the same time allowing so much disease, starvation, war and suffering around the world. Instead of eliminating cancer worldwide or eliminating starvation, here is what God has been working on:

This is further proof that Christians can attribute absolutely anything they like to God. The reason they can do that is because God is imaginary.

Christianity Johnson on 13 Nov 2008

Ted Haggard is back, and he reveals a very strange God

ABC News is reporting on the return of Ted Haggard to public life:

Exclusive: Ted Haggard Breaks His Silence

Here is what we learn about “God” from the interview.

In the interview, Haggard blames his transgressions on a sexual encounter he had with a man (one of his father’s workers) at age 7. So this is the first thing: We have the image of God sitting in heaven, watching a 7-year-old boy get raped, and doing nothing to stop it. This of course is completely normal behavior for God (note the tens of thousands of children whole will die of starvation today), but it is still disgusting.

Haggard then talks about his Christian status at the time of his transgressions:

“There I was, 50 years old, a conservative Republican, loving the word of God, an evangelical, born-again, spirit-filled, charismatic, all those things”

So: You are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are born-again in Jesus, you are reading and “loving the word of God”, you are presumably praying constantly for God’s guidance, you have a wife and children, you are the head of a giant congregation led, presumably, by God, you are surrounded by god-filled conservative Republicans… and yet somehow you still decide it would be a good idea to do Meth and have sex with a gay prostitute. If God is real, why didn’t the spirit-filling, born-againing, praying and Christian-surrounding guide your thoughts, rather than the “sin”? Why didn’t God’s “guidance” plus the fear of Hell plus the pain you would bring to yourself, your family, your career, your church and your religion plus the advice from and association with your peers overpower the sin?

It is because God actually planned for Haggard to sin! Here is how Haggard puts it:

“I believe that he [God] gives us opportunities every couple of years to communicate the gospel worldwide through secular media and we consistently blow it,” he said. “A congressman in trouble, that’s the time. A family member gets himself in horrible trouble, that’s the time. A preacher gets himself in awful trouble, that’s the time.”

Yes, God planned to use Haggard’s sin to “communicate the gospel worldwide through secular media”. But Christians are too stupid to understand God’s plan, so they “consistently blow it.”

What a very, very strange god. If he were to exist, why would anyone worship this being?

Christianity Johnson on 12 Nov 2008

Yet another Christian “healer” who cannot heal amputees

There is a quote in this article that is remarkable:

A New Meaning of Thanksgiving: Miracles for Many, Prayers for All as Healing Services Come to San Francisco

The quote:

“There is a special value in these public healings,” says Nemeh in explaining why he conducts them. Often on his feet for ten hours or more at each service, Dr. Nemeh says, “Healings and miracles that happen in front of our eyes inspire believers and persuade the skeptics to become believers because they witness physical proof of God’s work.”

Issam Nemeh, M.D., a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist.

The following video describes Dr. Nemeh this way: “Can the power of prayer heal? Can faith cure terminal disease? In this News Channel 5 special, Ted Henry reports on an unprecedented number of faith healings happening right here in Cleveland. It’s Ohio’s greatest untold story: HEALING MIRACLES”

The obvious question, Dr. Nemeh, is simple: Can you heal an amputee? If not, why not?

According to the article, here is a typical healing:

Local psychotherapist Mary Richards, M.A. has experienced that proof first-hand. Suffering from severe neurological issues and vertigo, Richards was discouraged when physicians throughout California were unable to help her. So she set search on the internet for alternative ways to treat her condition. She discovered Dr. Nemeh’s website www.pathtofaith.com, and found testimonials of people who had been healed with Dr. Nemeh’s intercessory help.

Richards telephoned the office, and after praying with Dr. Nemeh found some immediate relief. Subsequent calls led to more relief and final healing. Mary’s husband, Pastor Channing Smith, of Transfiguration Episcopal Church amazed at the change of his wife’s condition and grateful for her complete recovery, invited Dr. Nemeh to hold a three-day ecumenical event.

Lots more testimonials here: Testimonials

It is predicted that 100,000 people will come to see Dr. Nemeh when he visits San Francisco. 100,000 delusional people.

Why are they delusional? Because Dr. Nemeh can’t heal amputees, or anyone else.

But what he can do is create a facade of healing, tap into the power of coincidence, and then rake in money from desperate people. If you visit Dr. Nemeh’s web site, you find the true reason for his “ministry”:

Healing Services

There will be a $20.00 charge per ticket.

What a surprise! Just like every other faith healer, it is all about the money. Get 1,000 people to show up, that’s $20,000. Work 10 hours, that’s $2,000 per hour. Not a bad way to make a living! Just like Benny Hinn:

How religion uses superstitious beliefs to steal money from people

If you are a Christian, and if you think Dr. Nemeh is for real, please use your intelligence. Watch the video and note that it clearly says, “not everyone is healed.” That is true – the vast majority are not. Then note that zero amputees are healed, even though it is claimed that God is providing the healing. If God is providing the healing, then God should be able to heal anyone, and everyone.

Then look at the case of Jessi Kicham, who is given two minutes at the end of the video. This is a classic case of coincidence. It is claimed that “God has healed her”, but her speech is nearly incomprehensible. If a perfect “god” had healed her, she would be healed. What you are looking at is the natural healing that would be taking place with or without Dr. Nemeh. This is the power of coincidence that Dr. Nemeh taps into to make his claims, and to then charge $20 per head. It is all about the money, and the money is made possible by the superstitious delusion of Christianity.

If you would like to heal your delusion, you can do it without spending a dime. See this free book:


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