Desperate Die

labrea_gwMay 23, 2013

"Thousands of people flocked to the evangelical church for "holy water", which they believed had healing powers, leading to the crush. "All of us were caught by surprise. No-one knew the crowd will be so huge," said police spokesman Freeman Tetteh. The church is run by prominent Nigerian preacher TB Joshua. He is one of the wealthiest and most popular evangelical clerics in Africa and his Synagogue Church of All Nations claims it can perform miracles, such as curing blindness."
He supposedly has seen the outcome of soccer games (really) The Boston Bombing but this twerp did'nt see this!
Four died in the stampede. He advises AIDS patients to stop their medications after he umnnn heals them!

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david52 Zone 6

He advises AIDS patients to stop their medications after he umnnn heals them!

Hey, they get the same message from the US Congress via the sequestration - which cut $280,000,000 from PEPFAR.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 10:28AM
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jodik_gw

I'm beginning to think the real evil in our world wears robes of a religious nature...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 11:20AM
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october17(5chgo)

I'm with you on that jodik.

What kind of people jam something like that? I mean, how gullible can you be? It doesn't seem like something you can learn from your parents. But, maybe it is since some parents insist on blindly following a religion.

Desperate. Good word, but it's something more.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 4:37PM
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elvis

Basic mob scene. People act similarly on Black Thursday at Doorbuster sales. Large crowd all wanting the "thing," whatever it is; lack of organization = mob scene.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 6:51PM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

Hey, you're reading about a group of folks who are sometimes one or two generations away from the old animistic religions but there are plenty of supposedly educated and sophisticated people who believe in faith healers. Why would this be any different? Nigeria seems to have a good hold on just about every other scam that has ever come down the pike. From what I have been told(by real Nigerians)many know the claims are false but they join in anyway. It is the way of life, they will say. Who knows, he may really be able to do magic. Why take the chance of missing out?

I feel sorry for them but it seems to be a part of the culture that will be there for a long time. After running into a brick wall during too many conversations I was left wondering if there was some sort of break in the logic chain in their thinking process but apparently that is not the case. It just feels that way. There is still some confusion about the difference in technology and magic in some places.

I knew several Nigerians who complained that people they knew still think magic is real and they believe in luck and charms and on and on. (Everyone of them was wearing or carried some sort of good luck charm all the time.) Evangelists used to be called magic men or even that old colonial canard witch doctors. Some are still called witches in secret. It can be very dangerous when things go wrong.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 4:14AM
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ronalawn82(z9FL)

labrea, a similar thing on a much smaller scale occurred in Guyana.
"Jim Jones held a well known faith healing service in the Sacred Heart Church in 1975." Read all about it HERE!
And we all know how that ended.
Ironically the 'motto' at Jonestown (now in Ghana?) was George Santana's line "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 7:03AM
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