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..)

Progressive Line in the Sand

This is kind of a news related opinion dump of many loose ends.

The image is of a line in the sand. It is a symbolic line. Many I hear in the media are saying that Obama’s seemingly limp style of management is not taking us in a strong direction both with health care reform and in terms of standing up to the Wall Street Oligarchs, spawn of the Fed.

It is not inconceivable that Obama will be a one term president. The team, the Chicago mafia, that helped the White Sox fan win the WH is perhaps only good for only winning an election. Perhaps that team can be likened to ships’ pilots guiding a ship of state into the vast ocean. The captain of the ship of state should then steer the ship until the next port of call.

The Kennedys used to play touch football because they played with their sisters. But their co-ed games were rough. Perhaps Obama, on a learning curve, should learn to play a little harder. Otherwise, I begin to believe, begin to perceive, that the Washington culture is a culture of democracy, not unlike the Greek democracy, which was a democracy of slave owners.

Another item, that distresses me, is the continued, coded overt, layered symbol, Janus form of non stop hatred of Obama for his race and culture. There is a rumor that the “muslim” President is going to ban Christmas trees in the White House. What Bullshit. Murdock should cut back from 36 cans of Foster’s lager beer a day to 24 and get a life, get a soul, get a real “News” corp. etc. His is an Aussie outback operation that will be leading on veiled racist, religionist stories like this in the weeks to come.

Christmas myth dogs Obama

The war in Afghanistan goes on and on. If we cannot get rid of and monitor our terrorist enemies in the mountains there with spy satellites and drone bombs, what good is the wasted expense of these military toys. We turned a blind eye to Pakistan getting nuclear weapons back when the Soviets were stupid enough to occupy (try to occupy) Afghanistan. The Soviet empire collapsed shortly after they failed in that endeavor. Pakistan is or is not a valid nation state whose fate we cannot prevent if it is a failed state. Russia, China and India are the closest regional neighbors of this anemic Muslim state. They should be carrying their weight around. If not, let them clean up the mess when all nuclear hell breaks loose.

Regarding my recent mentioning of the bitch fight between Megan Carpentier of Air America in defense of a helpless Michelle Malkin against the mean liberal bully Keith Olbermann –

Keith should make a half-assed apology (political apology) not to dear sweet innocent Michelle – but apologize for a perhaps offensive to some - use of descriptives. I thought he hit a perfect bullseye on that one.

Megan Carpentier should learn the number one rule of all modern liberal/progressives regardless of sex.
Lines in the sand do not really matter. In the end, the tide comes in and washes all lines away.

It is the thoughts, intentions and struggles between the tides of history that in the end really do matter.