What in God’s name are they doing to the children?

Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children’s revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called “anointing by the holy spirit,” “being slain by the holy spirit,” “catching the holy ghost,” or “falling out.”

It is intimidating, physically coercive, deeply stressful, and emotionally manipulative. Children are under tremendous pressure to cooperate, to mimic the adults’ bizarre behaviors, and to avoid being judged unworthy, disappointing, or worse, under satan’s spell.

The older children and teens are under great peer pressure to fit in. The youngest simply don’t understand they’re supposed to fall over. Their purity and honesty shines through.

Most are acting, consciously or subconsciously, feeling anxiety and guilt long afterward for not having the “genuine” experience they imagine the rest are surely having. Others are infected by the contagion of mass hysteria, a temporary insanity driven by the shouting, the music, and the cacophony of adults “speaking in tongues” (glossolalia) — meaningless babbling with the same origin as the toppling over.

The preachers, of course, are paid for results.

What kind of belief system must force itself on children, long before they are able to understand and decide for themselves?

It is child abuse and should not be permitted.

This video was created by me using all footage uploaded by the various churches to public YouTube or Facebook sites to promote these rituals.

For further information on the current rapid global growth of the groups performing these child rituals, see these links:

Templeton Foundation: How Global Pentecostalism is Changing the World

Pew Forum: Evangelical Beliefs and Practices

Pew Forum: Christian Movements and Denominations

Pew Forum: Regional Distribution of Christians

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”: Still Timely Excerpts

We all know the famous goosebump-raising, tear-eliciting passage beginning “Look again at that dot…” But there’s much more here to savor. While much of Pale Blue Dot is devoted to summarizing the state of planetary exploration as of 1997, when the book was published, there remain many fascinating observations that are still relevant. I’ve tried to digest these here.

 

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A rather poetic summary of space exploration so far

Since the advent of successful interplanetary flight in 1962, our machines have flown by, orbited, or landed on more than seventy new worlds. We have wandered among the wanderers. We have found vast volcanic eminences that dwarf the highest mountain on Earth; ancient river valleys on two planets enigmatically one too cold and the other too hot for running water; a giant planet with an interior of liquid metallic hydrogen into which a thousand Earths would fit; whole moons that have melted; a cloud-covered place with an atmosphere of corrosive raids, where even the high plateaus are above the melting point of lead ancient surfaces on which a faithful record of the violent formation of the Solar System is engraved; refugee ice worlds from the transplutonian depths; exquisitely patterned ring systems, marking the subtle harmonies of gravity; and a world surrounded by clouds of complex organic molecules like those that in the earliest history of our planet led to the origin of life.

[p 7-8]

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Ah yes, the famous bit, from the chapter “You Are Here”

The spacecraft was a long way from home,

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Christians Rush to Exploit Robin Williams’ Death

While media are reporting extremist Muslim tweets that say Robin Williams is in hell, (Buzzfeed: Jihadis Are Tweeting That They Hate Robin Williams), the Internet is rapidly filling with Christian columnists, bloggers and forums either condemning Robin or exploiting his death to advance religion:

Allen West, former U.S. Rep.:  The lesson we must learn from the passing of Robin Williams

… all the awards … mean nothing if God’s peace does not fill one’s life… “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” … that is what God touched me to understand in the death of Robin Williams — and He wanted me to share with you. After all, we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us. I pray that Robin came to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in those final moments… Continue reading