While all the cable stations are busy worrying about the Balloon Boy and Reptilians and the like, there's another story they just happened to overlook. Not that I blame them, I mean, they have the public's trust to present us with the information that we really need. So I can see why a story like this just fell through the cracks...
Churches denounce African children as “witches”
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.”
American Church leaders know full well this is going on in their branch parishes in Africa and elsewhere, it's just bad for business to try to stop it.
Don't believe me? Then read this: "Rick Warren's African Allies Tied To Massacres, Sex-Slavery, Forced Labor, Concentration Camps."
It all gets much, much worse, but there's only so much I can take.
UPDATE: This was on Red Ice this morning: US diocese delays sex abuse trial with bankruptcy move.
UPDATE: You knew this was coming. That is, if you read The Secret Sun...
UPDATE: The always-wonderful Acharya S slices through the media-induced Theist/A/Theist duopoly and opens door number three- free thought.