Quote of the week

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
14 May 2007

Assault on the Constitution

My criticism of the Constitutional Court judgment in the so called male rape case here and here has now been eloquently augmented by my friend Jaco Barnard. Dr Barnard also takes issue with the nonsensical reasoning of the Court and argues that the judgment represents an assault on the spirit of our Constitution. Read his article in today’s Business Day.
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