Would Any Augusta (GA) Readers Like to Go to a Faith-Healing Show… and Tell Us What It Was Like?

It’s free, and it’s a spectacle you won’t soon forget.

Many have testified and been healed from incurable diseases Cancer, HIV, and many have walked out of wheelchairs and crutches, canes after Apostle Ssali has prayed for them.

October 24th & 25th 2014 7pm nightly.

That’s tonight and tomorrow night. I’m dying to be there, but Hemant and I, being dwellers of the North, will have to let an Augusta-area reader do the honors.

How could you not want to be a witness to this?

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New Zealand State School Offers Bible Classes Under the Guise of Values Education; Some Parents Protest

Who doesn’t like “values”? Values are what those of us with kids would probably most like to impart to them. But whose values?

That’s what Roy Warren, an Australian father, is asking a state school after his five-year-old son was subjected to a values curriculum. The teaching is, to say the least, a little one-sided.

The program is run by the Churches Education Commission, which acts on behalf of Christian churches to teach religious education in state schools. …

[Says Warren:] “I went through the 18 lessons and every one of them is about God. For 18 weeks these children are being told to believe in God. It’s evangelistic.”

Families can opt out of the program but Warren did not want to isolate his son. “I thought it was very unfair to take him away from his classmates and get him sitting by himself coloring in and making him feel ostracized,” he says. “And then have to explain to him he hasn’t been bad or naughty, but it’s just against what we believe in as a family.

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Researchers Find That No Facts Whatsoever Will Change Anti-Vaxxers’ Minds. The Same May Be True For You and Me

Depressing. From Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker:

[In April,] Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. They had followed a group of almost two thousand parents, all of whom had at least one child under the age of seventeen, to test a simple relationship: Could various pro-vaccination campaigns change parental attitudes toward vaccines?

Each household received one of four messages: a leaflet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that there had been no evidence linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine and autism; a leaflet from the Vaccine Information Statement on the dangers of the diseases that the M.M.R. vaccine prevents; photographs of children who had suffered from the diseases; and a dramatic story from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about an infant who almost died of measles. A control group did not receive any information at all. The goal was to test whether facts, science, emotions, or stories could make people change their minds.

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Canadian Parliament Shooter: Another “High-Risk” Radical Muslim From Quebec Who Had His Passport Revoked

The man who opened fire in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa yesterday, after shooting and killing corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial (pictured), was a follower of Allah.

The attack by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a.k.a. Michael Joseph Hall, came just two days after another Islamist terrorist from Quebec, Martin Couture-Rouleau (25), mowed down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, in his home town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Both men were considered “high-risk travelers” and had had their passports seized.

According to eCanadaNow,

[Bibeau] and another group of men were prevented from leaving the nation this past July. They were destined for Turkey.

The implication seems to be that they were on their way to join Islamic fighters in Syria or Iraq, although some Canadian media say Bibeau merely “dreamed of traveling to the Middle East to study Arabic.”

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Why Didn’t Jesus Lift a Finger To Stop His Deadbeat Oklahoma Wife From Going To Jail?

We’re all familiar with the notion that Jesus Christ will return to Earth. (Any day now.) Kristi Rhines just believed that the Savior, who happens to be her husband, would return really, really soon.

Police say Kristi Rhines told restaurant managers her husband was on his way to pick up the tab.

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