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December 7th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

Debunking 'weeping Jesus' forces exile

(CNN)–A man in India is living in exile after being charged with blasphemy for debunking a "weeping Jesus".

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity

soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Bob

    There is an easy way to debunk all "miracles". Just point out that there are no gods and there has never been any evidence to say otherwise.

    December 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Bob, are you suggesting that bird poop and sewer water is not evidence?

      December 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      but if you call all miracles debunked; because you believe there are no gods thus no evidence is of a the gods, you have already mad a judgment on the evidence that points out their might be gods. its hardly skepticism. no don't get me wrong i don't believe in "miracles" because their is nothing out side of natures design. now if a person slipped on a banana pill and fell up to the moon to pound cheese with rabbits, that would be a miracles. but a statue crying, nothing we haven't seen in Greece 2300 years ago.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  2. Apple Bush

    Faithful flock to 'bleeding' Virgin Mary which is actuall bird poopies.

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/14/faithful-flock-to-bleeding-virgin-mary/comment-page-2/

    December 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Which God?

      Ugh, "bleeding virgin mary? Must be a bad case of PMS there.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  3. Ned Tugent

    Did anyone stop to think why Jesus' tears smelled like sh!t?

    December 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Ours is not to question why. The smell and taste of Jesus' shitty tears is divine.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  4. Apple Bush

    Queue the bird poop miracle redux.

    December 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Cue

      Sorry Tom Tom.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  5. Mumbai Medical Center

    We support his exile.

    December 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  6. Cale Keeble

    Barbaric country medieval culture. Get the hell out of India. No more aid.

    December 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      why you were all dying in your medieval times from not bathing they were flourishing in a golden age, India is a 1rst world country, and a respectable culture stop the bigotry

      December 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  7. Towelie

    If you are going to drink sewer water in India, don't forget to bring a towel!

    December 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  8. Honey Badger Dont Care

    These people want to drink sewage, drink poison, or handle snakes then I say that we encourage them so that they can die off faster.

    December 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      what do you mean by "we encourage them so that they can die off faster"? did you mean "people" or "just the followers of Jesus"? In any case, you're just a cold hearted bas tard, go to Discovery or Nat Geo and learn about culture or people around the world, goon

      December 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Not just followers of Jesus, but anybody stupid enough to engage in such stupid, self-destructive acts.
      I'm sure the fact that all the stupid, self-destructive acts Honey Badger listed are practiced by various sects of Christianity is purely coincidental.
      *cough cough*

      December 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Perhaps believers at this phony crucifix should be given an honorary Darwin Award.

      December 8, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  9. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Just watch out for the weeping angels.

    DON'T BLINK!

    December 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Thinker...

      Ha! That is such a great show!

      December 11, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  10. Mohammad A Dar

    ya, real Jesus is weeping too, on stupidity of HIS followers, his churches

    December 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  11. Akira

    How stupid; is the RCC checked this out for themselves, (as they do when "miracles" are asserted) and debunked it for themselves, would they kick themselves out?
    Many weeping statues are found to be fallacy; yeah, charge the guy with blasphemy when yet another is debunked.
    How utterly stupid.
    Jesus wept.

    December 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Dear Lord,

      I thank thee for abdominal discomfort, fatigue, weight loss, diarrhea, bloating, fever, Flu-like symptoms, watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, substantial loss of weight, bloating, increased gas, nausea, cramps, more nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, fever, and fatigue, Diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and flatulence.

      Amen.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Meatwad

      I know how those people feel ya'll. I drank the water in Carl's pool.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Akira

      Meatwad:
      I've seen that pool; oh, no, you DIDN'T!

      December 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Meatwad

      It's ok. They gave me free jell-o at the hostpital.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Akira

      Was it lime, with bananas in it?

      December 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Bet

      Bananas go in strawberry jello. Grated carrots go in lime.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      All I remember is when I squished it around in my mouth it turned into cool-aid.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      When I was a kid I mean, I haven't had jell-o in decades. I do remember I never liked those carrots though.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Meatwad

      I had the jell-o with the pinapple inside and whip cream on top ya'll.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Akira

      Bet:
      I'm not up on my jello etiquette.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Akira

      Two words:
      Jello shots.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I have had those once, at the MGM Grand is Las Vegas. Tasty!

      December 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Bet

      @ Akira

      I learned all I know about jello at bible camp.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    a video link and just a one sentence story, still enough to invoke Christian Kabbalah!

    December 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    Hey, give the Christians a break. A little Botulism, Cholera, E. coli, Dysentery, Salmonellosis or Typhoid is nothing when compared to preserving the right to stay completely ignorant.

    Kick his sorry ass out!

    December 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      oh you are wrong there, miracle water supposed to cure "Botulism, Cholera, E. coli, Dysentery, Salmonellosis or Typhoid", not other way around!

      December 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    Classic.

    Meanwhile is the world of the sane:

    The recent discovery of the remains of the Nyasasaurus parringtoni, a labroador-sized creature with a 5-foot tail, are 10 to 15 million years older than any other dinosaur fossils, 243 million years old.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Observer

      or maybe 6,000. Marco's not sure.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Give or take.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Akira

      Oh, c'mon.
      Everyone knows that those remains are to test faith.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  15. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    It's not clear to me from this video how a leaky water pipe gets sewage on the crucifiixion statue which appears to be in a garden.

    In any case, blasphemy laws should be obsolete. They are in clear contradiction to freedom of speech. Thankfully they are obsolete here.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Thoth

      There's another vid on Youtube that shows an image of a sewer line running along a roof above the statue. I think sewer in this case is what we southern rednecks would call a gutter.... either way, not something you want to drink.

      December 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I took it to mean that the water was dripping on and/or being abosorbed/percolating through thte statue material. Don't know what the statue is made of.

      December 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • fred

      Goper
      You are very wrong we have blasphemy laws you just cannot see them because you are not a believer. Slander and mocking God remain a sin with penalty. God’s laws and the authority of the Bible apply whether you personally believe or not. Your hope is that when you permanently leave this land the laws will no longer be in effect for some unknown reason.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      No one cares anymore about what you say. you're dishonest and ignorant, and show it constantly. Do yourself a favor and stop before you make an even bigger fool of yourself.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • fred

      You care because your 6th sense knows that what cannot be seen by your eyes is based on empirical observation seen by consistently by the majority of mankind. You also understand that you hide behind the logic of Greeks which that 6th sense tells you are great for debate but silliness if God exists.
      Most of all you care because you long for something that eludes you. So, thanks for caring in your own special way.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      And thank you for showing, once again, that you are a self-righteous, condescending, worthless fuckwit.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  16. Thoth

    Ok, let's see if I can get this right. According to the video on Youtube the guy basically discovered that the water was coming from a leaking sewer pipe, which the devout were consuming as holy water. His thank you for potentially preventing people from consuming sewer water by pointing to the identifiable cause is to be charged with a crime. The RCC strikes again.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Christianity in India is a little different to the experience in the US.

      In India they are a minority – but growing. The fact that Christianity is growing in India frightens people (a natural response to the intense proslytism by Christians) who in turn attack the Christians, sometimes physically, sometimes verbally. As a result, the Christians there have an even greater persecution complex than they do here, resulting in the kind of paranoid behavior you see in this story.

      They are using the apparatus of the state (in this case an outmoded blasphemy law) as a knee-jerk reaction to what they are interpreting as an 'attack'.

      December 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  17. Sam Yaza

    Christians exiling a person of another faith, whats new, the Catholics did this in Ireland in the 1600 sending Druids to work tobacco fields or push stone fare away from the home

    December 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  18. ME II

    Interesting... so they prefer to keep drinking sewage rather than have their "miracle" debunked.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  19. Money is God

    How dare this man use reasoning and reality. Religion has no place for either.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  20. Doc Vestibule

    Apparantly critical thinking is a cardinal sin.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
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