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My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
31 August 2009

The National Committee expressed concerns over the utterances attributed to Julius Malema towards the leadership of the Alliance. Many men far greater and better than Julius have travelled the road that he seeks to embark, and many more of them were doomed to failure. We doubt if the majority of members of the ANC Youth League shares his sentiment of insulting Comrade Blade Nzimande, as we know that many of them holds him in high regard. We also do not believe that insults should come first in the place of intellectual discourse, and that hurling insults is merely a form of expressing intellectual bankruptcy. In the ANC and the National Liberation Movement, we have always referred to “narrow African Chauvinism” as a characterization of a tendency, not a label; this is known in the movement. We believe that Julius has crossed the line, and call on our sister organisation, the ANC Youth League, to distance itself from his insults. We want to also place on record that getting into discussions about what brand of whisky people drink, or what their social conduct is when they have drank it will not help the debate and can only hide the real issues behind racial transformation. – Young Communist League on Julius Malema

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