When I first started getting involved in calling out psychics, I was amazed (or amused?) that psychics would often invoke "god" in their advertisements and discussions. Being brought up Catholic, I remember being told that psychic powers and the like were not supported by the Catholic church. The bible even condemns psychics.
Leviticus 20:27 says: "A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads." And Deuteronomy 18:10-12 even says "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in a the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you."
I'm not suggesting that the bible is correct or an authoritative text, I am simply attempting to solidify the basis for my point.
At a recent dinner with DJ Grothe, I mentioned my astonishment at how many psychics try to tie themselves to religious belief. He, as I would have, suggested that they are simply not agreeable beliefs and that most Christian doctrines forbid belief in mediums and psychics. The reality appears to be different from what we expect.
With my recent article on Another pseudo-psychic comes to town and why it matters, I received a number of emails from people who are supportive of psychics and the fundraiser. Almost without fail, each of them mentioned their willingness to pray for me. Most also suggested that I was hateful, heartless and/or god-hating. (For the record, I don't hate anyone. I especially do not hate things that do not exist (like a god). And by "god", I'm probably talking about your god.)
I think this shows, more than anything, that something I often claim is more likely the case/reason for this: most people who sit in the pews/attend church/follow a religion have little knowledge about the actual doctrines/official positions of their churches. (Catholics who are anti-evolution are a good example.) Or, even more simply, they have never read the bible and believe it says nothing of the sort.
I'm interested in learning about how you see it... comment away!