Telling Faith From Mental Illness

From PZ Meyers over at Pharyngula:

This is really hard to watch: it’s a young woman giving the benediction at the graduation ceremony at Midwestern State University, in Texas, and she’s so sucked up into her religious fervor that she starts shaking, I catch a hint of speaking in tongues, and finally ends up fainting on the stage.

If it were anything other than religion she was trying to push up there, we’d be getting that poor woman in for psychiatric help.

This kind of thing is more common than you would think.  In fact it is rather tame compared to what you would find in many pentecostal and charismatic churches.

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