Thursday, May 21, 2009

ABC Nightline covers exorcism of children in Congo

ABC Nightline this evening (May 21) aired a shocking story about children being accused of “witchcraft” and subjected to “exorcisms” my money-grabbing “pastors” in the Congo. The story ran the full half hour.

The story maintains that the “pastors” tell families that the “weakest” children are witches and bring hardship on the families. Of course, this is exactly the opposite of what the New Testament says in almost all interpretations of Christianity, which reporter Dan Harris pointed out in interviewing the pastor.

In the Congo, 70% of homeless children may have been accused of witchcraft, and then are put out by their families who already have many mouths to feed. The practice occurs in several other African countries.

The exorcisms were graphic, including the use of hot wax. The Nightline twitter and feedback pages are asking for user feedback as to whether the United States government should intervene.

The "pastor" charges up to a half-year's income of the family ($50).

ABC has a story by Dan Harris and Almin Karamehmedovic “Child Witches: Accused in the Name of Jesus: Christian Pastors in Congo Paid to Perform Violent Exorcisms; Children Banished From Homes, Abandoned by Families”, link here.

Save the Children has a story about the Congo conflict from March 2009, here.

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