Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Compelling evidence for real miracle at last!

As you know, I'm not exactly a fan of organised religions, seeing them as run by bigots and/or charlatans, peddling at best fantasies, at worst dangerous nonsense. But this story from caused me to question my deepest beliefs.

JOHANNESBURG. Religious and scientific experts say there is strong evidence that Lebanese/American televangelist Benny Hinn (seen in action, left) performed a "genuine verifiable miracle" in Johannesburg on the weekend. According to the experts, Hinn and his colleagues made thousands of dollars disappear from the bank accounts of worshipers, before making the money reappear in offshore accounts.

Hinn's followers say there is nothing supernatural about the movement of funds from South African to American banks, but veteran observers of paranormal events are adamant that a verifiable miraculous event took place.

The miracle was widely publicized over the weekend by, which reported that Pastor Todd Koontz, one of Hinn's on-stage colleagues, told worshippers that God would turn them into millionaires or billionaires within twenty-four hours if they donated $1,000 by credit card. According to, hundreds of worshipers mobbed the stage with their credit cards after Koontz told them that the window of opportunity for the blessing was only two minutes.

This morning investigators from the Vatican, as well as representatives of the scientific community, agreed that a miracle had taken place."A fool and his money are easily parted, but this was something special," said head investigator, Cardinal Dante Purgatorio.

Psychologist Gunter Glibb agreed."To make that many adults behave in such a profoundly silly manner, to hand over thousands in return for a 120-second shot at being written a cheque by some sort of imaginary heavenly cashier – something more than idiocy, ignorance, naivety and greed was at work here."

Always great to see the gullible suckered. Apparently now Hinn and his entourage are headed for Nigeria. Should be interesting, when thieves fall out, and all that.

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