Religion in Public schools

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mdg (February 01, 2010, 07:29:58 AM):
Welcome to the forum Dissol

Good on you for having the courage to do something that many of us would not have done.

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I happen to be a wheelchair user, and one parent decided to point out - for my own benefit, clearly - that I am in a wheelchair because I have sinned against her god...hmm nice god she has there...my response was meant just as helpfully when I hoped that she never became disabled

Proof that stupidity is limitless. Words fail me. :(
BoogieMonster (February 01, 2010, 10:04:17 AM):
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that I am in a wheelchair because I have sinned against her god...

Hmm, if, according to the bible, we are all burdened with sin. (Original if you're catholic)

Then wouldn't the entire world be disabled? Struck by horrible earthquakes? Smited (smitten?) repeatedly?

Oh no wait, Jesus died for your sins.... but then, why did he not absolve everyone?

Let's just say, well handled, I wouldn't have been so courteous.

cyghost (February 01, 2010, 10:38:47 AM):
I happen to be a wheelchair user, and one parent decided to point out - for my own benefit, clearly - that I am in a wheelchair because I have sinned against her god...
What a hag. I know I don't want to be in any sort of heaven with people like her!

And hi and welcome to you, sir ;)
(Original if you're catholic)
Protestant too as far as I recall. What a horrible and horribly stupid concept.
Dissol (February 03, 2010, 09:23:05 AM):
Thank you all for the warm welcomes! I am originally from Scotland, but now living in the heart of Boere country, but being a Scot I tend to speak my mind, and sod the consequences. Yes, it can, and does make me unpopular at times!

But (as I am sure anyone with a disability can tell you) I often get the "god is punishing you" line. I also attract the woo sellers, and keep getting approached by all sorts of quacks with a certain cure for my condition. If there is even a whiff of them trying to make money out of their scheme, then I don't hold back (think Billy Connelly, on a bad day). If there is no financial reward, then I usually take the trouble to try to explain where there logic breaks down. Recently, I had a (very attractive) young lady approach me, saying that she had been told by her god to come and cure me. Now, being a heterosexual male, I quite enjoyed having a good looking lady holding my legs for a minute or two (even if I could not feel it). I did tell her that I was certain that what she was doing was a waste of her time, and it is all nonsense. I failed to point out that my legs are fine, no problem at all...the problem is actually in my spinal cord (is it too much to expect spiritual entities to have cursory knowledge of human biology??). She then informed me that I would be walking again within 24 hrs. (At that stage I did warn her that making comments like that could be really quite upsetting for some gullible people, but I am not sure it penetrated...). Anyway, we bumped into one another some weeks later, and she seemed really shocked that I was still not walking...
BoogieMonster (February 03, 2010, 10:15:37 AM):
And thank you for gracing us with your presence. ;D

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(think Billy Connelly, on a bad day)

HAHAHAHA! I can picture that, not pretty!

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Anyway, we bumped into one another some weeks later, and she seemed really shocked that I was still not walking...

I know someone who is getting on in years. His knees are giving in and he has excruciating pain when walking. The last couple of years he's taken to not walking much and using a cane at all times. He is also quite religious.

So one day while out he gets approached by a "faith healer visiting SA", obviously being spotted because of his cane. The guy swoops right in, and there's also lots of praying and laying-of-hands, etc. In the end the guy tells him "to have faith, and abandon the cane" for he is "cured". The old man bought every word of it, and now walks around without the cane. I'm sure he's in endless pain (from the way he walks it's obvious), but he refuses to acknowledge that anything is wrong. This makes me deeply sad. He must be doing so much damage to the little cartilage that he has left...

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