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New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry Message Board › Witchhunts in Africa and Asia

Witchhunts in Africa and Asia

A former member
Post #: 5
Wow great post Harper! love it. That is funny that someone prays to Satan during a Priests Service?
Diane
DianeVera
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 461
Remember, we're talking about Satanic panic here, not real Satan worshipers. Sarah Harper noted that these stories involve physical impossibilities, such as an alleged underwater city.

On the other hand, people who silently "pray to Satan during a priest's service" do exist. There do exist closet theistic Satanists who actively pretend to be Christian, including attending a Christian church regularly, to avoid offending their Christian families.

But these real-life closet theistic Satanists are not organized into any kind of conspiracy, nor are they likely to be making a sustained effort to influence Christian churches in any way whatsoever. Because they are closeted, they are likely to be, in most cases, uninterested in rocking the boat at all, in any way.
Diane
DianeVera
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 466
This week Wednesday, May 26, at 8 PM, the British documentary Saving Africa's Witch Children will be shown on HBO2.

Learn about efforts, by Africans and others, to oppose witch hunts and to provide care for the victims. Thousands of children have been abandoned or worse -- often tortured, maimed, or killed -- on suspicion of being "witches."

For more information, see:

Note that the African witch hunts are NOT purely a resurgence of indigenous African beliefs, but are also influenced by today's most rapidly-growing (worldwide) form of Christianity, the independent charismatic churches. Worse yet, there are close ties between African witch hunters and the American religious right wing. For example, Sarah Palin was "anointed" by Thomas Muthee, an African witch hunter. And there are churches here in the U.S.A. with a similar witch hunt mentality. For example, the well-known now-disgraced former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard used to brag about having driven "witches" out of town.

About Sarah Palin and Ted Haggard, see:

Diane
DianeVera
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 483
More about Helen Ukpabio, on Bartholomew's Notes on Religion: According to Richard Bartholomew's May 25 blog post Helen Ukpabio: Different Journalists, Different Explanations. she has told one journalist, Azuh Amatus of the Nigerian Sun News Online, that her movies are intended a serious exposition of her beliefs, whereas she told a New York Times reporter that her film End of the Wicked is just fiction, and that only someone prejudiced against Africans would think otherwise.

Nigerian humanist Leo Igwe posted a comment in reply to another recent post by Bartholomew, New York Times Profiles Child-Witchfinder Helen Ukpabio, May 23, 2010.

Meanwhile, there's a lot of what seems to be general Satanic panic going on in various parts of Africa. Recent news stories include the following:

There have been many similar stories earlier this year and last year.

P.S.: In Uganda: Bishop slams witchcraft: MITYANA - The bishop of Kiyinda Mityana, Dr. Joseph Anthony Zziwa, has expressed concern over the increased cases of witchcraft, calling upon Ugandans to turn to God. He said despite the fact that more Christians were being baptised, many engaged in devil worship. Zziwa was preaching on Monday at Kiyinda Cathedral. - News in Brief, New Vision Online, Sunday, 6th June, 2010.

I'm not sure what to make of the reference to "devil worship" in the following, from Egypt: "And the religion scene is constantly shifting. At first, many compatriots seemed to sympathise with a fearsome brand of extremism, while others simply went for devil worship. Then a period of reconciliation followed, brought about by middle- of-the-way tele-preachers. Then some of the latter went extreme, and we had to do the whole thing all over again. Meanwhile, the Bahais screamed for freedom, wanting to have their own creed on the national ID, instead of the obligatory choice between Muslim and Christian. As this was taking place, the countryside fell into the grips of an invisible war among the followers of the country's two main faiths." - Coffee at the petrol station by Omar Taher, Al-Ahram Weekly, 3 - 9 June 2010.

Further P.S.: Here's a blog by African humanist Yemi Ademowo Johnson: Humanist Against Witch Killing and Stigmatization.
Diane
DianeVera
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 575
In a New York Times Op Ed, Witchcraft Legal Aid in Africa, February 17, 2011, Chi Mgbako writes: "The human-rights law program I direct recently partnered with an N.G.O. in Malawi to run a mobile legal-aid clinic focusing on witchcraft cases in two rural communities."

According to his bio at the bottom of the Op Ed: "Chi Mgbako is clinical associate professor of law and director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City."

Looks like he might be a good source of information on anti-witchhunt charities.
A former member
Post #: 1
Witch hunts are in Yuba City, CA by evangelist religions: Women are being completely beat up and even murdered out of Christianity, male hate toward the independent woman, and other Christian based violent ideas of woman, and those who side with them. Most notably, women considered to be witches because they don't attend the Christian churches.
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