Some Religions Never Change: Fundamentalist Christianity and the Burning of Witches

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  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot

    I apologize for the cut and paste but some things simply can't be condensed or reworded. The following article is from Aljazeera. A graphic video of a 'witch' burning, which I will not post directly here, can be seen at

    Report: Central African Republic rebels stoke violence, burn 'witches'

    Christian rebels exploit superstitions to terrorize populations and exert control, report says

    Rebels in Central African Republic have kidnapped, burnt and buried alive "witches" in public ceremonies, exploiting widely held superstitions to control areas in the war-torn country, according to a leaked United Nations report.

    The report by U.N. human rights officers, seen exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, contains graphic photographs of victims tied to wooden stakes being lowered towards a fire as well as the charred torsos of those subjected to the ritual.

    The torture took place between December 2014 and early 2015 under instruction from leaders of the mainly Christian "anti-balaka" militia that has been fighting Muslim Seleka rebels across the country for more than two years, said the report.

    Central African Republic was plunged into sectarian violence when Muslim rebels briefly seized power in the largely Christian country in March 2013, with escalating violence on both sides creating lawlessness nationwide outside the capital Bangui.

    While belief in witchcraft is common throughout Africa, U.N. researchers said it appeared Christian rebels had used these superstitions to intimidate, extort money and exert authority over lawless areas.

    "Sorcery is firmly entrenched in [Central African Republic] and ... the absence of state authority creates a breeding ground for a sort of popular justice twisted by anti-balakas to its benefit," said the researchers.

    The report, produced by a team working for the U.N.'s stabilisation mission known as MINUSCA, said 13 attacks against victims aged between 45 and 70 are said to have taken place near Baoro in Nana-Mambere, one of 14 prefectures in the country.

    Nana-Mambere in the country's south west has been ravaged by violent clashes between rival rebel groups with U.N. peacekeeping forces unable to restore calm.

    The report identifies three leaders of the anti-balaka faction in Nana-Mambere present during the alleged torture sessions.

    Victims were ordered, sometimes at gunpoint, to pay between $30 to $80 in bribes to avoid being tied up or burned. Nearly two thirds of people in CAR live on less than $1.90 a day, according to World Bank data.

    Witchcraft is still punishable by law in Central African Republic and jail terms are commonly handed out as punishments with some reports saying half of the country's jails are taken up with those accused of witchcraft.

    In September 2010, the High Court in the capital Bangui found four people, including two children aged 10 and 13, guilty of witchcraft and charlatanism, Amnesty International reported.

  • Vidiot
    If the WTS were ever given control of a small country, they'd be burning "apostates" at the stake within a decade.
  • Heaven
    Religion is cancer disguised as candy.
  • LoveUniHateExams

    The burning of 'witches' by Christian rebels in CAR is disgusting and wrong. Christianity should rightly get the blame for this.

    However, at the risk of sticking my head above the parapet and bracing myself for the slings and arrows about to come my way, I think Christianity, at least in the West, has changed.

    I'd guess African culture, in addition to religion, is involved here (belief in witchcraft is common throughout Africa). It's the 21st century, and witchcraft is popular among Africans, while some African Christians are burning witches - WTF?! A sad situation also exists with albinos in Tanzania: locals armed with machetes hack off albino limbs and sell these to witchdoctors. The limbs are believed to bring good luck or prosperity, and there seems to be a market for them. Hopefully, one century, Africa will join the civilized world.

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