Questionable Motives

October 18, 2009

Why might atheists criticize unjustified religious belief, like belief in evil spirits and demons in children? Look at the faces of these ‘witches’

Filed under: Atheism,civil rights,Culture,Education,Religion — tildeb @ 2:00 pm

witchesNwanaokwo 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.”

The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it has taken on new life recently partly because of a rapid growth in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria’s 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. In the past month alone, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and another three were set on fire.

Read the rest of the article from the LA Times

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1 Comment »

  1. Other UN officials tracking the problem said deaths ran into at least tens of thousands, and beatings, deprivation of property and banishment and isolation from community life meant victims of “witch frenzy” ran into millions. This information is from the U.N. and can be found at:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/24/2694853.htm

    Comment by tildeb — October 18, 2009 @ 5:30 pm | Reply


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