Observations and inanities by a second-shift assistant supervisor in the Puppy-Grinding division of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy® (our motto: "Sure it's cruel, but think of the jobs!"), your host, Brent Rasmussen.
Let's hear it for the Holy Spirit!
Yay! Religious fervor leads to five women being paraded through town, stripped, beaten:
Police say that people in Pattharghatia believe that certain women in their village are possessed by a "holy spirit" that can identify those who practise witchcraft.
"These women recently identified five women from the same village as being witches who practised witchcraft and brought miseries to the area," a police official said.
Soon, an unruly mob broke into their huts, dragged them out and started beating them up.
There's even video of it there on the BBC site. Worth watching, if you need to be reminded just how insane religion is.
Or, perhaps it isn't completely insane. Maybe there is another explanation:
Experts say superstitious beliefs are behind some of these attacks, but there are occasions when people - especially widows - are targeted for their land and property.
Who, me, cynical?