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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
23 November 2010

Jeremy Cronin is fooling no-one with his intellectual gymnastics, all done in the name of trying to justify why the leadership of the national liberation movement have sold out the national democratic revolution for big salaries in government, fancy Ministerial cars, a chance to be the next wave of BEE “tenderpreneurs” and denial of the rampant corruption, greed and dishonesty that is a defining feature of this government. What we are witnessing is not liberal counter-revolution, but the demise of this pseudo-Left. If Cronin is to be believed, the forces of what he calls liberalism, are out to destroy the ANC led Alliance and the government through a combination of control of the media, confusion of the ignorant masses and an alliance with ultra-left forces to boot. – Phillip Dexter in an article on Politicsweb

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