Imagine christians interpreted the bible as such. But those two rules would be impossible for the likes of them to obey.


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  1. This uncool shit again:

    Mighty Men Conference at Lentevlei Farm, Newcastle district,19-21 April 2013. Guest speaker ex-rugby player Jannes Labuschagne who also twigged that he had to find another source of income after his rugby career panned.


  2. I am so sick of idolised thug behaviour. I’d like to round up a crowd of burly atheists and knock the crap out of these wankers because these are the kind of losers who go to Mighty Men conferences.

    ‘Rugby attacker’ released on bail

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    Durban – One of five men accused beating a rugby fan to death in Durban was released on R2 000 bail on Thursday.

    His four co-accused would remain in custody for a formal bail application next week, the Durban Magistrate’s Court ruled.

    Magistrate Vanitha Armu ordered that the names and pictures of the five men not be published. They are accused of beating Brett Williams, 29, to death at a Super XV match in Durban last month.

    The four still awaiting their bail hearing each face a murder charge.

    All five face charges of crimen injuria and assault with the intention to commit grievous bodily harm.

    Prosecutor Krishen Shah told the court: “By Monday the State will have formulated its stance with regard to a bail application.”

    The four facing murder charges would be held at the Durban North police station.

    Armu ordered that all five report for an identity parade on Monday morning before appearing in court again in the afternoon.

    Shah told the court an order preventing the publication of the names and pictures of the men was needed, as investigators still needed to hold an identity parade.

    “The order is needed to protect the status of the investigation,” he said.

    Defence lawyer Paul Jorgensen argued the names of the accused were probably already in the public domain through social networking websites.

    The court was packed with media, family members, and friends of the five men.

    Williams, a former Royal Marine, survived tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as patrolling the waters off Somalia on anti-piracy missions, according to a report in the British Western Daily Press newspaper.

    As family and friends left the court, a tearful woman was being comforted by an elderly gentleman.

    – SAPA


  3. Yip Holy, I cannot help to cringe for Christians’ sake every time a guy like Bakkies Botha prays before setting foot on a rugby field. One of the dirtiest payers this country has ever produced is adired by the fans ….because he is religious. Praying makes it OK to be a bully. Religion supplies a ticket for violence to the bullies. Quite sick actually.


  4. That’s why normal people avoid religious arseholes, Malherbe. Which causes fundies to become miserable, which in turn is reinforced by the notion that they think it’s actually desirable to be miserable.


    Duke research says results not explained by psychosocial, demographic factors

    A study that appears to have received virtually no attention since its appearance online last year suggests the stress of being Catholic or a “born-again” Protestant takes a toll by causing a quicker atrophy of one part of the brain.

    The study called “Religious Factors and Hippocampal Atrophy in Late Life” was published online by the Public Library of Science last year. Since then, it’s been mentioned by blogs and medical sites but generally has not reached into mainstream reporting.

    “The findings of this study indicate that hippocampal atrophy in late life may be uniquely influenced by certain types of religious factors,” write the authors, led by Amy D. Owen of the Center for the Study of Aging at Duke University. Several of her colleagues joined in the report.

    The review noted that there have been few studies regarding the relationship between religious factors and structural neuroanatomy, “despite a growing interest in the ways spiritual beliefs and practices are reflected in brain activity.”

    Among the reasons for interest are the links between the size of the hippocampal region of the brain and clinical outcomes including depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

    “Significantly greater hippocampal atrophy was observed for participants reporting a life-changing religious experience,” the study’s abstract said. “Significantly greater hippocampal atrophy was also observed from baseline to final assessment among born-again Protestants, Catholics, and those with no religious affiliation, compared with Protestants not identifying as born-again. These associations were not explained by psychosocial or demographic factors, or baseline cerebral volume.”

    At the Scientific American, Andrew Newberg commented on the idea that stress produced by various circumstances of religion would be a cause of atrophy.

    “This is an interesting hypothesis. Many studies have shown positive effects of religion and spirituality on mental health, but there are also plenty of examples of negative impacts. There is evidence that members of religious groups who are persecuted or in the minority might have markedly greater stress and anxiety as they try to navigate their own society,” he wrote.

    Calling the assessment “intriguing and important,” he wrote, “It makes us think more about the complexity of the relationship between religion and the brain. … For now, we can be certain that religion affects the brain – we just are not certain how.”

    In an article for Miller-McCune magazine, Tom Jacobs suggested, “If Owen and her team are right, the stress of being a nonconformist takes its toll on our neural system, and taking action to stay calm and centered is the brainy way to respond.”

    The study examined high-resolution MRI data on a sample of 268 older adults to also provided information about their faith or lack thereof.

    “Rates of atrophy for the hippocampus have been found to accelerate during late life,” the study said. “Research indicates that hippocampal volumes may be affected by exposure to elevated glucocorticoids, particularly cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress, and that cumulative cortisol exposure may lead to hippocampal atrophy.”

    How does that link to religion?

    “This study examined prospective relationships between religious factors and hippocampal volume change using high-resolution MRI data of a sample of 268 older adults. Religious factors assessed included life-changing religious experiences, spiritual practices, and religious group membership,” the report said.

    The analysis of the results noted that among Americans, 92 percent report a belief in God or a universal spirit, 83 percent belong to a religious group and 59 percent report that they pray at least daily.

    But studies on the connections between the religious or spiritual and the structural neuroanatomy have been few.

    “The current study [examines] relationships between a broad range of religious factors and hippocampal volumes.”

    The report said those with the most atrophy were identified as born-again Protestants, Catholics or those with no religious affiliation, who also have claimed they are discriminated against in a society founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs.

    “Greater hippocampal atrophy was also predicted by reports at baseline of having had life-changing religious experiences. These longitudinal associations were not explained by baseline psychosocial or psychiatric factors (social support, stress, and depression status), demographic factors, duration in the study, or total baseline cerebral volume,” the report said.

    It said “the cumulative stress framework [is] a plausible interpretation of these results.”

    It noted that there were some limitations, based on the launch date of the study in 1994 and the limited technology available then.

    “This study is among the first to examine religious and spiritual correlates of structural neuroanatomy, identifying several understudied factors associated with hippocampal atrophy,” said the analysis. “Religious factors, including religious group membership and life-changing religious experiences, but not frequency of public and private religious practices, were longitudinally associated with hippocampal atrophy.

    “Atrophy in this region has important clinical implications, having been identified as a marker of late life mental health problems such as depression and dementia. These results may reflect an impact of cumulative stress on hippocampal volume.”

    That Christians face stress is no surprise.

    Newberg cited “persecution,” and a survey done for WND last year showed that 49.2 percent consider the legal activism against Christians and their beliefs regarding homosexuality in the United States to be “persecution.”

    And that “persecution,” according to just about one in three Democrats, is “necessary.”

    The results came from a scientific poll by Wenzel Strategies.

    The analysis of the the atrophy study said: “One way of interpreting these findings is within the context of the hypothesized impact of cumulative stress on the hippocampus. While some religious variables have been found to be associated with positive mental health, other religious factors may be a source of stress. Research indicates that relationships between stress and hippocampal volume likely operate at the level of cumulative rather than acute stress, leaving the cumulative stress framework a plausible interpretation of these results.”

    Owen was joined in the work by R. David Hayward of Duke’s Department of Psychiatry, Harold G. Koenig of the Duke Medical Department, David C. Steffens of the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Martha E. Payne of Duke’s Neuropsychiatric Imaging Research Laboratory.

    An online page for agnostics cited the study regarding atrophy and said, “Cue the sanctimoniously outraged religionists who will scream and holler and stamp their feet at the results of this study. They’re sure to vilify its authors, and they likely will attempt to get them fired from Duke. They will, no doubt, condemn the ‘atheist fundamentalists’ who cooked up this study in order to discredit religion, because they’re all wicked ‘secular progressives’ who want to destroy the country’s ‘moral fabric.’

    “There’s just one problem with any such claim, if it’s made (and I’m betting it will be): It’s not true! The Duke University institute that produced it, the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, was founded for the purpose of granting scientific (specifically, medical) credibility to religion. The last thing its staff want to do is come up with a study that even remotely appears to discredit religion!”


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