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Friday, March 21, 2008

Shroud of Turin, AGAIN

You have to admire the religious nuts for one thing! The son-of-a-bitches never give up!!!

Barrie Schwortz, the photographer who documented the original Shroud of Turin Project, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in a Good Friday interview in New York, “The result of the first test done in 1988 was almost an embarrassment at one point. Now that we’re 20 years later, the technology certainly has improved.”

In other words, he wants to beat a dead horse by saying that the technology is so much better now that scientists will realize they made a MISTAKE and prove the religious guys right. (After all, they must be right, they have God on their side!)

You will remember that in 1978, the keepers of the shroud at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, allowed scientists to examine it closely.

A small piece was snipped from a corner and divided into three samples that were sent to laboratories to be dated by radiocarbon analysis. In 1988, the labs reported that the cloth dated back to no earlier than 1290 A.D. In other words; a FAKE!

Since then, various religious groups dedicated to research on the relic have argued that the tests were done hastily and were flawed for a number of reasons.

(Could they let it go? Noooo!)

One argument holds that the fabric snipped for testing was taken from a patch added to the shroud by nuns who repaired it after it was damaged in a fire in 1532.

Another holds that scientists did not consider whether the long-ago fire altered the chemical makeup of the carbon in the linen, which could have skewed the date, and finally, the segment tested may have been otherwise contaminated.

“The shroud has been handled so many times. It’s been displayed publicly. It has been hung from a balcony for public display, so the opportunity for contamination to settle on the cloth is high.

Also, remember it’s been burned in fires; the heating of the cloth could have contributed to the contamination,” Schwortz told Lauer. “There really are a spate of reasons why that might have occurred, and I think that’s why we’re concerned about it now.”
NO kids, the tests were not wrong and there is no need to go over the whole thing again since it only has to be proven once, not over and over until the faithful get what they hope will be a favourable result.

This is so typical of religious convictions. People refuse to believe in anything but their own dogma in spite of any amount of evidence. It's no wonder that some of the faithful run around thinking the world is only 7000 years old and even some who still think the world is flat!!!!!

They make the people who claim the moon landings were fake look like geniuses in comparison

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Anonymous De (15,002+ villages destroyed since 830 AD ) M., said...

*sigh* Turin has already been debunked. Can't we just move on to the pancake featuring an outline of the Virgin Mary? :)

Friday, March 21, 2008 8:39:00 PM  

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