Children denounced as witches and tortured..

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    EKET, Nigeria - The 9-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

    His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. 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."

    "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.

    ‘Children are defenseless’
    For their part, the families are often extremely poor, and sometimes even relieved to have one less mouth to feed. Poverty, conflict and poor education lay the foundation for accusations, which are then triggered by the death of a relative, the loss of a job or the denunciation of a pastor on the make, said Martin Dawes, a spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund.

    "When communities come under pressure, they look for scapegoats," he said. "It plays into traditional beliefs that someone is responsible for a negative change ... and children are defenseless."

    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.

    Nigeria is one of the heartlands of abuse, but hardly the only one: the United Nations Children's Fund says tens of thousands of children have been targeted throughout Africa.

    Competition for congregations
    Church signs sprout around every twist of the road snaking through the jungle between Uyo, the capital of the southern Akwa Ibom state where Nwanaokwo lay, and Eket, home to many more rejected "witch children." Churches outnumber schools, clinics and banks put together. Many promise to solve parishioner's material worries as well as spiritual ones — eight out of ten Nigerians struggle by on less than $2 a day.

    "Poverty must catch fire," insists the Born 2 Rule Crusade on one of Uyo's main streets.

    "Where little shots become big shots in a short time," promises the Winner's Chapel down the road.

    "Pray your way to riches," advises Embassy of Christ a few blocks away.

    It's hard for churches to carve out a congregation with so much competition. So some pastors establish their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft.

    Nwanaokwo said he knew the pastor who accused him only as Pastor King. Mount Zion Lighthouse in Nigeria at first confirmed that a Pastor King worked for them, then denied that they knew any such person.

    Bishop A.D. Ayakndue, the head of the church in Nigeria, said pastors were encouraged to pray about witchcraft, but not to abuse children.

    "We pray over that problem (of witchcraft) very powerfully," he said. "But we can never hurt a child."

    U.S. branches ‘had no idea’
    The Nigerian church is a branch of a Californian church by the same name. But the California church says it lost touch with its Nigerian offshoots several years ago.


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    "I had no idea," said church elder Carrie King by phone from Tracy, Calif. "I knew people believed in witchcraft over there but we believe in the power of prayer, not physically harming people."

    The Mount Zion Lighthouse — also named by three other families as the accuser of their children — is part of the powerful Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. The Fellowship's president, Ayo Oritsejafor, said the Fellowship was the fastest-growing religious group in Nigeria, with more than 30 million members.

    "We have grown so much in the past few years we cannot keep an eye on everybody," he explained.

    African churches attack kids as ‘witches’ - Africa - msnbc.com

    So?? In another thread you all want to make homosexuality a capital crime and kill them for who they are.. I was wondering if you all approved of this??
     
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    yes, we all did.

    it seemed like a good idea at the time.

    go figure.
     
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    Foolish on you part to think that Believers would approve of this.

    And whosoever shall offend one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.


    And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.


    The angel to John;
    Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.



    Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
     
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    the product of syncretism, feed people bullshit and they will crap all over each other.
     
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    In Germany they do this without the bullshit.
     
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    ignorance is alive and well on the darkest continent....remember these are people who think sex with a virgin will cure aids...so they rape babies...

    witches have long been a scapegoat for christians...millions have been killed in the name of religion. it is not only ignorant africans but it does seem to include ignore alaskans.....
     
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    This is not something that God would look upon with pleasure. It is wrong.

    The good thing is that I have notices that Christians (mainstream) are indeed making an outcry. They are conmdemning this behavior.

    I personally believe these people who are doing it are involved in what then Bible calls "another gospel" wjich is scripturally condemned.

    I pray that this will stop soon.
     
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    But who is to say that those kids are not witches and must die??

    It takes some one of great spiritualness to rise up to evil, and the pastors are doing this. Why condemn the pastors for practicing their faith and beliefs in Christ..............................At least their interpretation of it!?
     
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    I don't suppose I should second guess those who treat people like that, but I will say that I don't think it is something that God has in His plan. It is wrong according to the Scriptures, and those who do this horrible thing just don't understand the scriptures.

    Just know that mainstream Christianity would say it is wrong. I feel sorry for them.
     
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    Where's 52nd Street to defend this one?
     

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