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Go to: Sri Lankan held for "witchcraft" in Saudi Arabia

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I had to read this a few times to be convinced it wasn't from the Onion or another parody publication. If true, it is utterly, completely and sickeningly ludicrous.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:10:50 UTC | #935747

Go to: Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

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The display of the cross says to me "Below this exterior lies a gullible, narrow minded and reactionary person." I reckon that is info well worth knowing about someone I encounter. So I'm opposed to any measure against it (Richard's comments about that not really being what the legal case is about, notwithstanding.)

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:40:18 UTC | #926144

Go to: Why do the religious insist on presenting a united front?

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I think Schrodinger nails it at post 18.

These leaders are simply racketeers. I see them as Soprano style mafiosi. Some are selling drugs, some protection, some sex, etc etc. But what unites them and makes them rich and comfortable is fear and exploitation.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:42:41 UTC | #923719

Go to: "Telling children hell exists is child abuse"

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@59

The "Hell on Earth" to which you allude is a cliched metaphor, if you will, to describe a very real situation-say the Pol Pot Regime's behavior in Cambodia. It's rather a pity, in my view, that the phrase is in common usage as it somehow lends credibility to the fictional hell.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:38:12 UTC | #880813

Go to: Where child sacrifice is a business

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In the African countries in which I lived and where child murder for ritualistic purposes existed, it did so in no small measure because the political will to tackle it did not really exist. It would not be going very far to say that the political and social elites actually tolerated it. My personal view that this was an outrage against humanity and completely intolerable was published as a letter in the national newspaper of Swaziland. This was rather surprising as the subject was taboo.

Unfortunately, no positive replies to my letter appeared in future publications, though there was I think at least an editorial that gave some support.

The ugly fact is, as I feared at the time, that such behavior is considered as something akin to a 'cultural phenomenon' and the moral outage of a foreign resident did not have any impact. Quite possibly my efforts at raising the issue were seen as meddling - how could I a foreigner dare preach on matters I knew nothing about? Second, the Head of State himself is rumored to indulge in black magic practices, and revered as he is, there can hardly be a more glowing endorsement of that type of idiocy.

I mention this to highlight not the fact that I tried to do something (albeit write a letter) but to suggest that the entrenchment of muti, black magic, ancestral worship etc is massive in Africa from the elites and educated through to the subsistence farmer. A massive challenge awaits to anyone trying to change it.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:54:48 UTC | #880586

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