Sorcery Law's Are Real... Idiocy Abounds

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The headline in yesterday's The New York Times read... "Papua New Guinea Considers Repealing Sorcery Law".  This has to be The Times using satire to get a point across, right?  Wrong.

Of course, this caught my attention; because Papua New Guinea is going on my list of places not to visit.  I would surely be charged as a sorcerer the moment I stepped onto their soil, and I don't like the consequences that go along with the job.

I make it clear in my stage show and lectures that I do not believe in psychic abilities, ghosts, and other paranormal claims.  I debunk claims of the paranormal, and I challenge anyone to show scientific proof that would change my mind.  I am 41-years-old, and I have yet to be presented with any scientific proof.  I am not holding my breath.

But why?  Why am I so determined to educate the general public on the fraudulent practices of the paranormal community?  Two reasons...

  1. So-called psychics, mediums, and other "experts" in the field take advantage of the belief that many people have in the paranormal.  The general public hands over hundreds of dollars to these "professionals", and they receive back fairytales that are just vague enough to fool some of the best of us.
  2. It's because of stories like the one from yesterday's The New York Times.  When people believe, actions are taken.  When people believe in stupidity, stupid actions are taken.

As you read this article from The New York Times, and you think that this could never happen in the United States; I refer you to the Westboro Baptist Church.  It could happen.

"Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has vowed to repeal the country’s controversial Sorcery Act after the latest in a string of brutal public killings of people accused of practicing black magic."

Read the rest of the article here...