Prepare to be converted heathens! A statue in Mumbai has started leaking tears. Naturally, huge crowds gathered, people gathered the tears into vials, a modern miracle right in front of them. It was changing lives. You had better dust off that Bible.
You nonbelievers are always asking for evidence, well, Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Crying statue, therefore everything the Catholic church ever said or did was right.
Then some asshole shows up and does “some actual investigation”
What a dick.
Sanal Edamauku notices that this isn’t so much a grand miracle, a sign from almighty gods, but rather “some drainage run off.”
Naturally, the people nearby realize their error, and feel silly for having rushed to believe something they wanted to be true. The supernatural has a strong appeal, and these people were drawn to it. The local priests and holy persons thanked Sanal for helping them come quickly to a more accurate conclusion about their world, and everyone went on with their lives.
Oh wait no. That’s not what happened.
Some hours later, in a live program on TV-9, Sanal explained his findings and accused the concerned Catholic Church officials of miracle mongering, as they were beating the big drum for the drippling Jesus statue with aggressive PR measures and by distributing photographs certifying the “miracle”. A heated debate began, in which the five church people, among them Fr. Augustine Palett, the priest of Our Lady of Velankanni church, and representatives of the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) demanded that Sanal apologize. But Sanal refused and argued against them.When they saw Sanal refused to bow to their demands, they threatened to file a blasphemy case against him. And they did.
The Catholic church in India got caught promoting a “miracle,” Sanal Edamauku does basic inquiry in public, exposes it as just a common event of natural forces (just like *everything* that has ever occured, *everywhere*, of *all time*) , and the church responds by doing what it does best.
Religion doesn’t win by having better arguments. It doesn’t win by being a source of Truth. It doesn’t win by the merit of it’s ideas.
Religion wins by social punishment, censorship, and coercion.
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