Most people have a tendency to pay religion far more respect than it deserves. We tend to be inculcated from birth with the idea that, generally, religion is good, deserves respect, and that because it usually deals with such things as omnipotent beings, the afterlife, and other delusional concepts, we should tread softly when discussing the subject, lest we anger the gods.
If you follow religious thinking to its many illogical conclusions, you often end up with stuff like this.
MIAMI — Devotees of a Miami man claiming to practice a traditional African religion say they had to ingest the mucus of a Giant African Snail that sickened them.
Federal authorities in January raided Charles L. Stewart’s home after receiving complaints. Stewart has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors and state and federal wildlife agencies are investigating. The Giant African Snail is prohibited in the U.S. without special approval.
Experts say it devastates new ecosystems. The snail grows up to 10 inches long, can reproduce on its own and even can even eat plaster.
Stewart says he means no harm, and his religion uses the snails in healing ceremonies.
Followers said they got violently ill, losing weight and developing strange lumps in their stomachs.
Maybe they’re little baby snails growing in there, since they can reproduce on their own. The mere thought of that would cause me to become violently ill, though I wouldn’t argue about a little weight loss. I could use it.
Now really, is there not a fine line between a religious ritual involving the ingestion of Giant Snail juice , and one involving common wine that someone prays over in the belief that it’s been transformed into god’s blood? At least the Catholics let you drink something tasty, even if alter wine isn’t exactly a fine Cabernet.
Perhaps that explains the overwhelming prevalence of Catholicism, while this little known African religion only has a few, violently ill Floridian adherents.