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Desc:Special school for Christian mutants
Category:Religious, Horror
Tags:yelling, prayer, faith healing, Spasms, frothing at the mouth
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Comment count is 18
The Mothership - 2011-07-21
Can they cure STD's? Cause I'm willing to bet that place is crawling with em.
IrishWhiskey - 2011-07-21
"I feel like, he could do anything."

Really? Because I feel like he could lead a cult. Those last lines "Do you need healing...?I feel like you have hurt spots...? Maybe your neck or...?" are classic John Edwards-style cold reading. In fact you could just change the setting and it would be indistinguishable from tribal witch-doctors in anthropology videos.

IrishWhiskey - 2011-07-21
The scene with the wheelchair guy really pissed me off. Faith healers exploit people's vulnerability (telling that man you can make him walk when you can't is just cruel and sick) and often place people in medical danger. They only report those who happen to get better and either ignore all the rest, or make them feel guilty and sinful for the healer's own broken promises, turning misfortune into blame.

It's a con game run for power and control that's been going on for millennia, and the fact that he may have deliberately closed his eyes to the possibility of being wrong doesn't make it less evil.

Meatsack Jones - 2011-07-22
If you are stupid enough to believe a crazy man who walks up and declares "I can heal you by praying", you are either ridiculously naive, or talking to a cleric in D&D.

chumbucket - 2011-07-22
Someone should have complained about penis pain and see what they did then.
I feel like 5 starring everything today.

Baldr - 2011-07-21
The William James in me was irritated by the narrator's tone and facial-expressions, right up until they started laying their hands on random strangers in the street.
Rach_and_Roll - 2011-07-21
This isn't Christianity. This is just scary.

I'm sure it's okay to reinterpret and add new practices to a religion. It's not like that's explicitly prohibited anywhere. But who has time to read Revelations 22:18 (or any part of the Bible) when there are so many people to heal? Plus, the frothing at the mouth takes a lot of energy, too.
Baldr - 2011-07-21
To the best of my knowledge they have a decent case for this activity on Biblical grounds. Jesus is reported to have healed all sorts of things, as did the apostles.

Not that it makes them right, mind you.

IrishWhiskey - 2011-07-21
Is there any branch of Christianity that doesn't reinterpret and add new practices? There wasn't even a Church in Jesus' time, so I don't know how any organized faith could claim not to.

The nuttiest groups aren't the ones that stray from the Bible, they're the ones that take it literally.

fulakarp - 2011-07-21
A friend of mine from college is in one of these. According to her, God told her that he had healed (exactly) 343 of my painful memories. I mean, I'll take that, cool thanks God. But I'm not looking forward to her inevitable disillusionment :-/
RockBolt - 2011-07-21
Wait, so could the guy walk or not?
Jet Bin Fever - 2011-07-21
They cut the scene where they yank him out of the wheelchair, he falls down, and they run away high-fiving each other.

Riskbreaker - 2011-07-21
We need to start building sentinels ASAP
hammsangwich - 2011-07-21
I had a crazy lady in the Target checkout line randomly tell me "I was asking God if he wanted me to tell you anything, and he said he wanted me to tell you that you're brilliant and you have a beautiful mind." No shit. And she wasn't even like the Simpsons crazy cat lady looking, she was pretty much doable.
Scynne - 2011-07-22
Toenails - 2011-07-22
magnesium - 2011-07-22
"Morning Star"? Isn't that another name for Lucifer?
takewithfood - 2011-07-22
Short answer: Yes, but it was one of Jesus' titles before that. Technically, so was "Lucifer", as it is just Latin for Morning Star.

Long boring answer: The devil is only known by these names because he is a fabrication made up by some early(ish) Christian writers who plagiarized a cautionary tale from the Old Testament about a Babbylonian king (notably a human) who said he was bigger than God (just like the Beatles). The name "Morning Star" (the name for the planet Venus) was given to him as a reminder that, as shiny and powerful a king as he may have seemed in life, he was only a mortal and paled in comparison to God (the sun): Venus is bright at night, but you can't see it for shit when the sun is up. Christian writers stole the story and made it about a fallen angel instead, hence the invention of the devil. The whole devil thing is bullshit, even by biblical standards.

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