A group of Catholics in India was convinced that the water dripping from a local crucifix was a miracle and that the water held magical healing powers. When confronted with proof that the water in fact originated from a leaking toilet drain, the Catholics accepted the explanation and adjusted their beliefs accordingly.
Ah, I’m just fucking with you. They had the man who proved it arrested for blasphemy.
Catholics in Mumbai are outraged at a skeptic who pointed out that their latest miracle was full of it . . . literally.
The local Catholics spotted water dripping from a crucifix in Mumbai’s western suburbs. They eagerly lapped up the “miracle water”, thinking it had magical powers.
Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association and Rationalist International, inspected the site and pinpointed the source of the water. A leaking toilet drain.
For explaining that the only “magic power” the water has is to transfer gastrointestinal infections and other disease, Edamaruku now faces up to three years in prison for “blasphemy”.
“It’s a case of miracle-mongering,” Edamaruku told AFP from his home in New Delhi. “Any kind of miracle-mongering is ultimately to get money and power.”
Accusing him of spreading “anti-Catholic venom” during televised debates on the crucifix, outraged religious groups in Mumbai have filed police complaints that could see Edamaruku jailed for up to three years under India’s blasphemy law.
Joseph Dias, general secretary of the Catholic-Christian Secular Forum, lodged one of the complaints, claiming it was the result of Edamaruku’s “”very obvious and stridently anti-Christian bias”.