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Superstition in House of Commons!

Postby ryguy » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:45 pm

To anyone who is somewhat superstitious - an odd "sign" in the House of Commons.

I've no idea how random the motion numbers really are - or if something like that could be tampered with. If random, it's a little creepy. lol

Especially considering that I personally view seperation of Church and State to be a very important thing... I feel confident that that is a critical component for a truly "free" society. I think?


Yahoo News Story Link...

Devilish debate on end for Church of England Thu Jan 10, 7:13 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - Eyebrows were raised in the House of Commons on Thursday when a motion calling for the Church of England to be disestablished was listed with the number 666, symbol of the AntiChrist.

"This number is supposed to be the mark of the Devil. It looks as though God or the Devil have been moving in mysterious ways," said Bob Russell, a Liberal Democrat MP among those proposing the motion for debate.

"What is even stranger is that this motion was tabled last night when MPs were debating blasphemy," he added.

The motion calls for an end to the formal link between Church and State in England -- embodied in the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who is both head of state and head of the Church of England.

The number 666 is referred to in the Book of Revelations in the Bible: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred, three score and six."

"It is is incredible that a motion like this should have, by chance, acquired this significant number," said Russell.

Under the rules of the House of Commons the motion by backbenchers has little chance of actually being debated in parliament.



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Re: Superstition in House of Commons!

Postby yfxxx » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:57 am

ryguy wrote:I've no idea how random the motion numbers really are - or if something like that could be tampered with. If random, it's a little creepy. lol


Two possible explanations without resorting to the "supernatural" ;):

1) Real coincidence. Even if the chance for this specific coincidence is very small (depends on the way those "motion numbers" are assigned), the chance that some strange coincidence happens every day is much greater (in fact, it's 100% ;) ). So this time it was a numerical coincidence in the UK Parliament. Funny, but nothing to feel "scary" about 8)

2) (Semi-)intentional prank. If the "motion numbers" are assigned in a somewhat predictable manner (like, say, numerical sequence), then a practical joker among the MPs might have timed the thing in a way, that the chances for it to get #666 were relatively high. :D


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