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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
7 October 2009

Fikile Mbalula, the deputy minister of police, is the latest member of President Jacob Zuma’s new government to confess a taste for luxury German cars. And his minister, Nathi Mthethwa, spent R235 000 on accommodation for himself and his security detail in one of Cape Town’s top hotels while his official residence was being upgraded. According to a written response to a question from the Democratic Alliance, Mbalula spent R1.6-million on a BMW 740i to use while he is in Gauteng and a Mercedes Benz ML500 with off-road trim and special seats for when he is in Cape Town.- Report in The Times

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