Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Blinded by the light: Now Benoni's Virgin spins the sun

A devout Catholic who stared at the sun may be blinded for life, says The Star. And who told 37-year-old Amal Nassif to stare into the sun's rays? No less than Our Lady of Benoni, or at least, that's according to 17-year-old Francesca Zackey, whose Virgin Mary sightings have bought the faithful flocking in thousands to her door.

The paper also reports that at least four other people may have damaged their retinas by following the teenager's instructions to stare into the sun.

Reports The Star: '
The day before, Zackey had announced that Mary had told her that the sun would spin at sunset. She claimed the phenomenon was witnessed by hundreds of people and was "absolutely amazing", with a rainbow of colour pouring out of the sun. Mary apparently also showed herself inside the giant fireball and placed a protective shield over it. After that, word spread and people began looking into the setting sun. '

I'm not saying a word.

But I would like to offer a quote from the
late , great Dr Carl Sagan:

'Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves. I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purposes, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us -- then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.

The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.'

From The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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1 comment:

angel said...

oh crappers... christianity takes another blow! we're not all fanatics, eh!
"she" claims hundreds saw the sun spin, so where are they?