Monday, October 19, 2009

So-Called Fundamentalist Christian Beliefs Killing Children in Africa as Witches

If you want to turn away it is okay. I have no pictures here. I am merely relaying what would seem to be a genuine journalistic piece on the Internet about man’s ongoing inhumanity to man. Or in this case children.

I don’t know how to react to this story. It is too brutal. It is too real. And Africa is on the lowest level of all the world’s agendas.

False or half-assed fundamentalist Christianity is on the rise in many quarters and sad to say in Africa as well. The story below is from the twenty-first century or is it from the middle ages?

African Children Denounced As "Witches" By Christian Pastors
…The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him – Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

Some of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." (Exodus 22:18)

"It is an outrage what they are allowing to take place in the name of Christianity," said Gary Foxcroft, head of nonprofit Stepping Stones Nigeria…

…Please stop the pastors who hurt us," said Jerry quietly, touching the scars on his face. "I believe in God and God knows I am not a witch."…
What is this thing about Christianity and the abuse of children?

In Africa, they, children are scapegoats for superstition, and not treated in the purest essence of Christianity as true human beings and children of God. Instead, they can be marked as witches for the denunciation and torture by others.

This lack of love for self or others in so many main stream and fundamentalist Christian churches is so weird. It is like the first Christians or the second or third wave of them were all slaves or ex-slaves. Like they basically did not really like themselves. That when Constantine needed one more breath of life for his dying pagan empire he had to recognize the slave union (the church) to get that help to survive…

These losers, these Kristian monsters, these “pastors” are quoting Exodus. Holy Christ!!! Why in God’s name is the old and new Testament held in the same equality? The two are as different as Pizza and Cannolies.

Ignorance is the enemy of all mankind.

Considering the chaos and insanity and inhumanity of the first world these days, why should I judge the third world run a muck?

All Christian churches worldwide must denounce this barbarism from their pulpits.

Let me step back into what I think is the total message of Jesus. LOVE!

All you need is love. Not Exodus encouraging you to not care and to not Love your NEIGHBOR.

All you need is love. Hold that thought. And pray for these poor victims of ignorance.

(I found the following instrumental to back out of this uncomfortable story…to breathe…to think…meditate… mentally cleanse myself from this touch of evil in the world...and shed a tear or two..)


Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I don't understand where all this hate is coming from. We are charged with only one small requirement and that is to "Love One Another." It is such a simple thing to do. The renditon of the Beatle's song is the best I've ever heard and that boy is adorable. Thanks for ending on a pleasant note I was really tearing up.

Mike McShea said...

It was uncomfortable to read the news article and then post about it. Yet I thought it the right thing to do. We in the west sometimes live in blissful ignorance of the rest of the world.

Music without words is sometimes the best way to communicate a thought.

Rising Sun said...

Religion is at it's safest when balanced with some basic education and reason. Clearly, this is proof of such. There is no balance, no reason, no education, just insanity.