Has anyone heard of this place? I looked it up and obviously I'm skeptical about it, but apparently there are alleged miracles about skeptics going to the shrine to do tests and leaving "with their minds clear"
or whatever that means...

anyway, has anybody heard of it? I want some skeptic input too.

here's some basic info.

http://www.olrl.org/stories/lourdes.shtml

at first glance it looks retarded, but at the same time it is interesting that people would claim things so outstanding (LOL don't worry, I'm still very atheist.)

thoughts?

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Comment by Johnny on December 24, 2009 at 12:00pm
thank you. exactly what I was looking for, Kristy. Exactly what I expected from a Catholic horde... an economic and spiritual trap to exploit the weak.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 24, 2009 at 4:51am
I've been to Lourdes - long before I was an official atheist. There was 'holy water' coming out of ordinary taps which I thought rather odd. The street outside is lined with tacky souvenir shops. The 'main event' takes place in a huge courtyard. A priest stands high above the courtyard intoning in several different languages. Meanwhile, there is a procession of the ill and disabled around the perimeter of the courtyard - many in wheelchairs - all seeking miracle cures.

I was only 21 when I was at Lourdes and I remember saying to my companions, "I can't be a part of this, I have to leave."

The desperation of the sick and injured was palpable and it was obvious to me, even then, that the intoning of the priest and the 'magic' waters were just providing these poor people with false hope. It all seemed like some enormous hoax. I also felt like I was intruding on their faith. I couldn't wait to get out of there.
Comment by Jason Spicer on December 24, 2009 at 2:04am
Uh-huh. So what happened to the silver plate in Traynor's skull?

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