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Absinthius's Avatar Comment 1 by Absinthius

I saw this video a little while ago. It is absolutely horrific to see how deep this pathological lie (which in this case I think is a fitting description) is influencing her.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:10:00 UTC | #463541

SaganTheCat's Avatar Comment 2 by SaganTheCat

Surely I'm not alone in remembering a scene from police academy...

how gross though, she's graduating and showing her education to have been an utter waste of money.

converting the audience won't work, love. not if you ain't got Xtian factor:

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:14:00 UTC | #463542

GoneGolfing's Avatar Comment 3 by GoneGolfing

"Would someone in the back please call an ambulance"

Love it !!

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:16:00 UTC | #463544

Ludo's Avatar Comment 4 by Ludo

How liberating religion is... I can't even feel sorry for them anymore..

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:17:00 UTC | #463545

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 5 by Bernard Hurley

Sometimes, it really is hard to tell faith from a mental illness

Is there a difference? I'm afraid my respect for religion extends only this far: that it can sometimes be cruel to mock the afflicted.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:20:00 UTC | #463548

bigvolcano's Avatar Comment 6 by bigvolcano

H h h holly crap!!!!! It's sickening -yet no one said a word, I guess that's a Texas thing!

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:22:00 UTC | #463549

MarcCountry's Avatar Comment 7 by MarcCountry

"... I have a problem with this being called a mental illness. I'm not sure but think this is hysteria..."

Ah, the problem is in her uterus, you say, doctor? Only cure for hysteria is a hysterectomy...

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:24:00 UTC | #463550

GoneGolfing's Avatar Comment 8 by GoneGolfing

ODoE: Mental Illness: "a condition which causes serious abnormality or disorder in a person's behaviour or thinking"

She's mentally ill.


Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:26:00 UTC | #463552

crocswsocks's Avatar Comment 9 by crocswsocks

It's true that women are statistically more religious than men; I wonder how far that gulf extends.
It seems like quite the roadblock for some though.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:35:00 UTC | #463553

Styrer-'s Avatar Comment 10 by Styrer-

An almost perfect showing of piety from the behatted older males there (points deducted for that very short and perfunctory lapse in concentration to ensure the sick female did not interrupt proceedings unduly).

8 out of 10. Good effort, but less concentration on extraneous distractions required for a higher score.

Sean Tyrer

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:37:00 UTC | #463554

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 11 by Alternative Carpark

"Forgive us Lord for worshiping the intellectual mind."

That should be rendered into Latin and used as this diploma mill's motto.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:38:00 UTC | #463555

Rosbif's Avatar Comment 12 by Rosbif

So that's what the Texas Board of Education is worth.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:44:00 UTC | #463556

Net's Avatar Comment 13 by Net

oh come on! this can't be real. it's a put up job. surely. a send up...?

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:45:00 UTC | #463557

chawinwords's Avatar Comment 14 by chawinwords

I am often reminded of a statement by French philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville, who studied the new American society way back in the 1830s: America is filled with religious insanity.

In some regions of the U.S. more than others, Tocqueville's insight still holds great truth. But remember, these people do not understand insanity. They relish it!

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:48:00 UTC | #463558

Affront's Avatar Comment 15 by Affront

Love the look that the guy to her right flashes her when she says 'I repent for the sin of worshipping intellectual minds'!

I wouldn't feel too sorry for her. I doubt that she's mentally ill: just worked herself up into a bit of a state, overdosed on adrenalin and then probably started hyperventilating.

She's intelligent, in her own eyes no doubt, rational human being and worked herself up into this state.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:48:00 UTC | #463559

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 16 by Bernard Hurley

Comment #484333 by Alternative Carpark

"Forgive us Lord for worshiping the intellectual mind."

That should be rendered into Latin and used as this diploma mill's motto.

Demitte nobis, Domine, pro cultus intellectual mens.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:51:00 UTC | #463560

david k's Avatar Comment 18 by david k

I sense in her voice a cocksure arrogance. She sounds like she's preached before professionally.

She calls for the holy spirit to descend. About 30 seconds later the shaking and emotion verifies that she succeeded.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:08:00 UTC | #463566

LuchinG's Avatar Comment 17 by LuchinG

Richard Dawkins: I've just finished the 11th chapter of TGSOE, the Unintelligent Design argument is much powerful than any explanatión of gene clock, carbon 14, experiments with 12 germ tribes, etc. The blind spot or the sinusitis (and I'm sure the must be thousands of other examples) gives people something they can understand, something que can see by themselves, and better: something they can complain about. The Unintelligent Design argument deserves an one hour documental.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:08:00 UTC | #463565

kgrabo's Avatar Comment 19 by kgrabo

This one is even scarier:

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:22:00 UTC | #463568

Net's Avatar Comment 20 by Net

This one is even scarier:

and these people(are allowed to) vote?

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:29:00 UTC | #463569

Morgan Mac's Avatar Comment 21 by Morgan Mac

It must be a real drag spending her life being so miserable all the time for those poor people who don't know Jesus... and look what they are missing out on!

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:30:00 UTC | #463570

legal9ball's Avatar Comment 22 by legal9ball

On a related note see this article:

WHEN we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That's the finding of a study which looked at people's response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:33:00 UTC | #463571

VanYoungman's Avatar Comment 23 by VanYoungman

Having raised a 30 year old Lennox-Gestaut son for 30 years, let me surmise that this is a classic epileptic siezure and it's a full grand mal.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:36:00 UTC | #463572

rkumar742001's Avatar Comment 24 by rkumar742001

She seems to be suffering from focal epilepsy and most of Paranormal experiences are related to this. ..enhanced emotional responses to the religious words,images and symbols..Most of pentacostal preachers suffers from this.. they speak in unkown
vocabularies and consider it as God given language Vilayanur S. Ramachandran had done a study on this ...

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:37:00 UTC | #463573

PrimeNumbers's Avatar Comment 25 by PrimeNumbers

Yes, all completely bonkers. Surely these people need help?

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:37:00 UTC | #463574

markjn's Avatar Comment 26 by markjn

horrifying. At least the professors or whatever seemed to acknowledge she was batshit

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:45:00 UTC | #463575

Chrysippus_Maximus's Avatar Comment 27 by Chrysippus_Maximus

Seems like she might've also had a genuine health issue as well as religious fervour. Seems a cheap-shot (and bad science!) to say that this girl fainted/cried because of her belief in nonsense. I mean, the beliefs are nuts, but the causal role is unclear.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:46:00 UTC | #463576

davidbrun's Avatar Comment 28 by davidbrun

Being religious seems like the only way you can get away with insulting others at speeches.
Ruined the graduation for quite a number of people, I bet.
If God existed, this would probably be his reaction to this speech:

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:51:00 UTC | #463577

mrjohnno's Avatar Comment 29 by mrjohnno

Nothing new here. I was being taught that religious belief is indistinguishable from a mental ailment some 25 years ago.

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:56:00 UTC | #463579

wodewick's Avatar Comment 30 by wodewick

Sorry to be off topic but has this been picked on the site?

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:01:00 UTC | #463582