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Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
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Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-33523742

Quote:The people I met during my trip were mostly devout Christians, but who had imported traditional beliefs to shape the way they explain disability. It soon dawned on me that for many people, disability was considered not a physical or mental impairment, but in fact a spiritual sickness or curse that could either be healed by prayer or by confinement, and in some cases by physical violence.

I found this belief everywhere in the two weeks that I was there.

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People who walked or drove to the area would stop at the other vendors around us to buy fresh fruit, but almost all of them shied away from Beatrice [at her shop] when they saw her wheelchair.

"It's normal," she said quietly. "They think they will catch a disability from me."

Never mind the removal of organized religion which some theists repeatedly accuse atheists of wanting to do, just a basic amount of reason, empathy, compassion, education and logic would go a long way.
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
Thank you, religion, for so ferociously slowing down the progress of our species by dragging us back a couple centuries. What would we do without you? Probably stop being ignorant shitheads. And who wants THAT?
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
Sometimes I hear a story about someone believing something you'd expect no one would believe anymore. More often than not, it has to do with religion.
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10 Christ-like figures that predate Jesus. Link shortened to Chris ate Jesus for some reason...
http://listverse.com/2009/04/13/10-chris...ate-jesus/

Good video to watch, if you want to know how common the Jesus story really is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88GTUXvp-50

A list of biblical contradictions from the infallible word of Yahweh.
http://infidels.org/library/modern/jim_m...tions.html

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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
For fuck's sake Sad

How can such ignorance still exist in this day and age?
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
Apparently none of you has been to a third world country where the people tend to be highly superstitious. In fact here in America , you can find plenty of superstitious people particularly in the south.



Quote:The people I met during my trip were mostly devout Christians, but who had imported traditional beliefs to shape the way they explain disability.

Key phrase being TRADITIONAL BELIEFS (superstitions) not CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
(July 28, 2015 at 11:16 am)Huggy74 Wrote: Apparently none of you has been to a third world country where the people tend to be highly superstitious. In fact here in America , you can find plenty of superstitious people particularly in the south.

Quote:The people I met during my trip were mostly devout Christians, but who had imported traditional beliefs to shape the way they explain disability.

Key phrase being TRADITIONAL BELIEFS (superstitions) not CHRISTIAN BELIEFS

Uhh.....point?

Why would it matter if those were christian or non-christian beliefs? What are you trying to say?
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
(July 28, 2015 at 11:20 am)Neimenovic Wrote: Uhh.....point?

Why would it matter if those were christian or non-christian beliefs? What are you trying to say?
You really don't get what I'm saying?

The op is clearly trying to pin this behavior on Christianity...
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
(July 28, 2015 at 11:34 am)Huggy74 Wrote:
(July 28, 2015 at 11:20 am)Neimenovic Wrote: Uhh.....point?

Why would it matter if those were christian or non-christian beliefs? What are you trying to say?
You really don't get what I'm saying?

The op is clearly trying to pin this behavior on Christianity...

Oh.

Uh, well, those people described in the op are christians, though it would be more fitting to pin this behavior on religion in general.
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
(July 28, 2015 at 11:16 am)Huggy74 Wrote: Apparently none of you has been to a third world country where the people tend to be highly superstitious. In fact here in America , you can find plenty of superstitious people particularly in the south.



Quote:The people I met during my trip were mostly devout Christians, but who had imported traditional beliefs to shape the way they explain disability.

Key phrase being TRADITIONAL BELIEFS (superstitions) not CHRISTIAN BELIEFS

I call bullshit here huggy.  It has EVERYTHING to do with religion.

I have been diagnosed with a mental illness (you can keep reading I won't kill you).  Members of my church saw fit to "lay hands on me" and pray for me.  One went so far as paying for time with a "pastor" who could cast out demons.  I drew the line there.  Being touched and prayed for was down right humiliating but being told I am possessed by demons?  Really?

Religion Sucks
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RE: Christianity in Ghana and the Spiritual Sickness
(July 28, 2015 at 11:37 am)Neimenovic Wrote:
(July 28, 2015 at 11:34 am)Huggy74 Wrote: You really don't get what I'm saying?

The op is clearly trying to pin this behavior on Christianity...

Oh.

Uh, well, those people described in the op are christians, though it would be more fitting to pin this behavior on religion in general.

What makes you believe these superstitions came from any religion, they come from not understanding illness.

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