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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
9 May 2007

Did he fall off his horse?

This excerpt from SABC TV news in 1989 is quite a stark reminder of a time when the AWB was thought to be politically important and when their stupid stunts were reported as news on the SABC. No sign of Eugene Terreblanche though – maybe he fell off his horse on the way to the swimming pool?
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