|I never really thought of spiritualism as a religion, but then I've never been introduced to a spiritualist. For this I give JudasFm kudos for broadening my horizons. Spiritualism has been documented at best as an interest among writers and thinkers of the Nineteeth Century; at it's pinicle, perhaps, in popular culture with Houdini's fascination. A cheaper form of "understanding" may have been introduced in modern movies. Specifically, Poltergeist, Ghost, The Sixth Sense and White Noise come to mind. All that said, I want to point out that I think JudasFm does a credible job of explaining what is wrong with the majority of people's views toward her beliefs. I'll be the first to admit that taking any information from a Hollywood view of things is wrong - easy, but wrong.
To be a well-rounded article, however, I think the writer could broaden the ending rather than try to finish it up quickly so we are all better able to stay on topic. I'd like to have a better understanding of why talking to departed spirits is devotional. A definition of "religion" per Dictionary.com is:
1. a. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
b. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
The best definition to apply to this writer's context (and this is simply from the information supplied in the article, so it may not be the most applicable definition in fact) is:
4. A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.
This opinion piece needs to have a firmer foundation than "live and let live," I think. I do not believe in the Devil, so I would not be finding fault with JudasFm on that front anyway. It's just that as an article of explanation, it leaves me more curious than satisfied.