Postcards to say something 018 – Mercy Killing
To all those who spoke out against those blame-the-victim, exorcism-driven exploiters of damaged young women, ironically known as Mercy Ministries, Thanks.
Especially, kudos to Sean the Blogonaut, whose tenacious pursuit of the truth has followed the path of twisty little redefinitions and disavowals, and John from Against Biblical Counselling, who may have hit on a plausible reason why Nancy Alcorn’s enterprise concentrates heavily on eating disorders and homosexuality.
And to the ex-Mercy survivors, the hope that this brings some comfort. The power to succeed is yours.
No thanks at all to the christians who suspected something was amiss, but wouldn’t speak out because that would be “letting the side down”.
The job’s not finished yet. There are still charlatans doing damage to the already-damaged, dealing in a hoodoo world of demons, “spiritual warfare” and other unverifiable hooey, often to the increase of their own wealth and prestige. (You can test this one for yourself by taking notes and see who does well out of exorcisms: the victims are rarely permanently better, but the “practitioners” do quite well indeed.) Jesus may not have answers, but these slick witchdoctors do.
Postcards to say something: 017 – In The Pink
It’s a bit of a crackup. Is Benny in the dark, or does he think everybody else is?
And while it’s dark, watch out for Father Kidfidlan.
Come on, you lot! Out of the cloister, out of the closet, and admit that women are people too!handbook
Postcards to say something: 015
God speaks? No, people do that.
Whether it’s the Voice of Doom telling us there’s a Pudding with our name on it unless we comply, Danny “Catch The Liar” Nalliah telling the gullible about the Invisible Soul-Snatching Goblins, or just the domestic-model nutjob with a hobby or a fancy, wanting to add a little more authority to his demands… people speak on behalf of god.
It’s a neat trick. With enough cult indoctrination, you too can learn to develop voices in your head. Or pretend you hear ‘em, and say what you jolly well like.
- Be solemn (unless you’re Pentecostal, in which case just avoid making the chicken noises too often);
- Use the Third Person… “The Lord says…” (don’t want the audience thinking you’re doing it off your own bat!);
- Plausible deniability helps: “if your faith is great enough” is a trusty standy;
- Only tell the parishioners you fancy that “God wants us to be together” in private… (Bonus points if you check for a mike first).