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Posted: 07 June 2006 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]
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[i:745f413f65]Mon Jun 5, 8:31 AM ET
KIEV (Reuters) - A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal’s enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.

"The man shouted ‘God will save me, if he exists’, lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said.

"A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."

The incident, Sunday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers are kept in an "animal island" protected by thick concrete blocks.[/i:745f413f65]

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Posted: 23 June 2006 07:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi Doug,

As insane as this man was at least the only harm he caused was his own suicide.

Its the other religious insanity we really have to be concerned about and that is where the person imagines God to be existing and speaking to them personally.

Remember the case of those two women in America killing their five children because it was God’s instruction. You can also calculate the millions that died in religious wars because some Pope was inspired by God.

Come to think about it the Pope’s belief that God exist is far greater than the poor delusional man who fed himself to those lions. You would imagine that at least one Pope would have had the guts to try this stunt as well. The again when it comes to conventional wisdom the Pope’s reliance on the widom of natural science is far greater than his reliance on supernatural power.

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Posted: 23 June 2006 10:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Right Fayzal. To be fair, I expect this guy with the lions, like the women who killed their children, was clinically insane. Hearing “voices” telling you to do things is a classic sign of schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. So there is reason to feel sorry for these people, even when they do inconscionable things.

But that said, what difference is there from the woman who drowns her children in the name of god, and Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of his son Isaac in the Bible? Abraham didn’t complete the act ... otherwise they are totally the same.

Religious believers will say “don’t tempt god” when you do things like go into the lion’s den ... but why is that a good argument? If god is really all powerful and loves his believers, why not give a sign by helping them? Clearly, believers who don’t die will credit god with the “miracle”, so why don’t they equally credit people who do die as evidence against miracles?

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