Saturday, April 07, 2007

Another instance of reasonable behavior

There's a reason I chose the title I did for this blog. It's not only because we have to resist what's going wrong in the country, but also because rationality is in short supply, and the followers of superstition and delusion always seem to have the upper hand. I know my views are not in the majority, but I can't help noticing it sometimes when religion leads people to bizarre and irrational acts.

Filipinos crucify and whip themselves on Good Friday
POSTED: 3:02 a.m. EDT, April 6, 2007
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CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) -- More than a dozen Filipinos were nailed to crosses and scores more whipped their backs into a bloody pulp on Friday in a gory ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ.

The voluntary crucifixions in the northern Philippines were the most extreme displays of religious devotion in this mainly Catholic country, where millions are praying and fasting ahead of the Easter weekend.

A priest from Bangladesh said the ritual was a wonderful experience.

"Through this, faith can be solidified. I was very touched by it," said Father Robert Gonsalves, who is studying in the Philippines.

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