A fascinating case.. The exploration of potential neural foundations of religion is just beginning.
While lying in bed, the patient abruptly “froze” and stared at the ceiling for several minutes, stating later that he felt that God was approaching him. He then started chanting prayers quietly, looked for his Kippa and put it on his head, chanting the prayers more excessively. Then, abruptly, he yelled “And you are Adonai (name of the Hebrew God) the Lord!”, stating later that god had revealed to him, ordering him to bring redemption to the people of Israel.
The patient then stood up, detached the EEG electrodes from his skin, and went around the department trying to convince people to follow him, stating that “God has sent me to you”. When further questioned, he said that he does not have a concrete plan, but he is sure that God is going to instruct him what he and his followers should do on their way to redemption.
While Trump has dominated the Republican primary race to decide the party's candidate for the November election, his calls for temporarily banning Muslims from America and cracking down on extremist groups abroad have earned him some fans in India.
"The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it," said Vishnu Gupta, founder of the Hindu Sena nationalist group. "Only Donald Trump can save humanity."
I don’t want you to feel like any of this was in vain. I believe in the power of prayer. This doesn’t always happen on the timing of man, and God does not work in four-year segments. So we love you. It has changed our lives to know you and to call you our friends. And hang in there. Be full of faith and so full of joy that this team was chosen to fight a long battle. Think that slavery — it took 25 years to defeat slavery. That is a lot longer than four years. We are full of energy. We’re going to have a great vacation. We’re going to keep moving forward.
The "Mississippi Church Protection Act" would allow churches to empower designated members of their congregation as part of a security team with a "shoot to kill" authority equivalent to a police officer but with less government oversight. The bill contains few restrictions regarding where one may act within this capacity, allowing a church's volunteer security personnel to exercise this authority in public and private venues outside of the church.
The bill passed the House in February and is awaiting a floor vote in the Senate. It was introduced by House Judiciary Rep. Andy Gipson, a minister, who said he occasionally carries a firearm while at the pulpit. Mississippi already allows firearms inside of churches, however Gipson's bill would provide legal immunities for members of the church's security team that would also apply in some public places outside of the church itself.
There is a point where the GOP's focus on the strident religious views of part of its already shrinking base offend a majority of Americans along with many businesses. Businesses that traditionally have been part of the GOP base. There are issues other than Trump ...
The businesses never have worried too much about equality as long as their needs are being taken care of, but an inequality the majority of the population rejects can become an economic reality.
The zoning laws were suddenly changed after the mosque was proposed, but churches were grandfathered in. The planning board came up with an entirely new standard for parking, arguing that the formula for church parking – one spot for every three people – doesn't apply to mosques, only to churches. Seriously.
An ordinance called for a 50-car parking lot with a maximum of 150 worshippers, but the board insisted on 107 spaces for the mosque – then, after the Islamic Society agreed to 107, said such a large parking lot raised all kinds of new objections.
That's not even considering the cruder displays of bigotry. A planning board member tweeted an offensive joke about Islam, the lawsuit alleges. Crazies at the hearings questioned whether the mosque would be used for animal sacrifices, or if it was big enough, because Muslims have a lot of children.
I've been interested in 19th century American history for a long time. Last year I listened to Lindsay Hansen Park's 100 episode detailed history of Mormon polygamy - a time and place that intersected my family history. This year Lindsay has teamed with a few others to look at the intersection of people of color and early Mormonism. A recent episode looked at the emergence of folk religious to create a narrative of European white superiority over the native population. Joseph Smith had a fascination with the native population that was particularly strong. The Book of Mormon is likely a weaving of various narratives of the day that were probably not initially aimed at starting a religion. Rather something of an amateur pseudo anthropological history laced with the culture of the time. As such it is a fascinating bit of Americana. Of course believers have a differing position..
most readers can and should skip, but a fascinating listen if you have an interest in the period and the local culture around Joseph Smith.