Thursday, November 15, 2007

The end of the world?

...MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least 30 members of a Russian doomsday cult have barricaded themselves in a remote cave to await the end of the world and are threatening to commit suicide if police intervene, officials and media said on Thursday.

"They have covered the entrance and refuse to come out and are threatening to blow themselves up," an official in the local prosecutor's office told Reuters by telephone. "They threaten to detonate a gas tank and blow themselves up."

"They are simple Christians," a local priest, Father Georgy, told NTV television station. "They say: 'The church is doing a bad job, the end of the world is coming soon and we are all saving ourselves'."

Media reports said the cult members believed the world would end sometime in May next year. Police expected them to emerge when their supplies ran out.

...At the moment I am reading The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. This book makes me wonder just how stupid people can be to follow the Christian faith. This scam has gone on for nearly 2,000 years and yet people are still falling for this rubbish. It does not surprise me that the leader of the cult, Pyotr Kuznetsov, had been detained by police. It said he was a 43-year-old who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that in the last few months he had been sleeping in a coffin. The Holy Bible must be the book choice of nutters all around the world and I think they should be sectioned under the mental health acts. Many Christians complain about the failings of secular society but at least we understand fact from fiction. The Russian Police are protecting these nutters and I am sure they are tempted to turn a blind eye to this suicidal foolishness.
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