Born Again Christians and The Destruction of African Culture

Born Again Christians and The Destruction of African Culture

The Threat

Too many born-again Christians in Africa, Nigeria in particular, believe that a good Christian must destroy the African culture. They are categorical in their belief that all the elements and artifacts of African culture are idols, and forever evil. They believe that it is not enough to denounce an idol and reject idol worshiping without completely destroying everything related to it. So, they are on rampage, demolishing all the elements of our culture and cultural heritage, which define us as Africans. Their actions are based purely on wrong interpretation of the Holy Bible. They have suddenly discovered the notion of born-again Christianity that has always existed in the Holy Bible, and now, putting it in local Nigerian parlance, it is shacking them like ogogoro. This implies that the new-wave Christians are getting drunk on the concept of born-again Christianity, and they are waging a war against all the traditions that make up the culture of the land.

 

Information Vs Ignorance

Contrary to the views of the new-wave born-again warriors, more liberal Christians, who we refer to as the progressives, insist that reformation, and not destruction, is the answer to the ongoing dispute over supremacy and legitimacy between Christianity and Culture in Nigeria. They insist that religion and Clean Culture can, and must be encouraged to coexist in harmony. They insist that culture is not synonymous with idols, or synonymous with evil. They maintain that repentance and spiritual purity are all in the heart of the Christian, and not in physical demolition of cultural artifacts, nor in the extinction of the entire African traditional system.

With these opposing views, there are clearly two factions currently in the Nigerian Christendom. One faction is for the Christians who believe that Christianity and culture cannot mix, and the second faction for those who insist that the two can coexist in harmony. It is no exaggeration to say that a battle line has been drawn, quite literally. The two factions do wage physical war in various regions of Nigeria where Christianity thrives, some of which have resulted in great damages to life and property. Churches have been attacked in some cases, in retaliation of the damages that the extremist Christians are doing to the culture of the land. One of the notable conflicts in Igbo land degenerated to setting ablaze, and complete destruction of a local church building in a community known as Nsirimo Village in Umuahia Town, Abia State of Nigeria. Members of the Pentecostal church, going by the name Charismatic Renewal Movement, had gone on rampage against the culture of the land. Their casualties included a couple of peculiar, ancient trees, which had already been approved by the State government for Tourist Attraction development project. The overzealous born-again Christians decided and succeeded to fell the trees, along with the destruction of the village shrines. In retaliation, irate youths simply marched to the local church on December 1, 2007 and burned it down. The message from the youths was very clear:
You destroy our culture; and we destroy what you claim to be your culture.’

Do remember—the youths that burned down the church were not pagans, anti-Christ, or anything like that, which some holier-than-thou Christians would want everybody to believe. Indeed, some of the youths were probably more Christian in behavior than many of the hypocrites among the un-appointed Christian Warriors. What the youths were saying by their action was that the hypocrites were going too far, and must be stopped, even if it meant destroying the church that they also believed in and respected under normal circumstances.

Constitutional Violation

 

It is very important to note that the Christian Warriors do violate the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when they go on their destruction rampage. They actually forcibly dispossess villagers of their cultural artifacts and burn them amidst protest by the owners. This has resulted in another ugly trend in Nigeria—Nigerians are selling off all the artifacts of our culture, the cultural heritage that we are supposed to pass on to the next generations for the preservation of history, the story of our sojourn on earth. Some people, rather than being persuaded by quack brainwashing pastors, or forced by their converted and zombified brethren in the village to destroy the artifacts, choose to sell them off to foreigners who have great values for them.

There is a law against willful, wanton destruction of another man’s property. The law does not exempt anybody, with or without a Holy Bible in hand. The Nigerian constitution also clearly guarantees every citizen the right to freely associate with other citizens of choice for whatever interest that they may share. This means that one also has the right not to belong to a church, and, nobody has the right to force another to obey the tenets of a religion that he or she does not agree with. This, in turn means, for instance, that a Christian may destroy all the cultural artifacts that belong to him or her personally, but he or she definitely has no right to destroy another citizen’s property.

What Would Christ Advocate?

The situation in Nigeria’s Christendom is critical, and it calls for some very pertinent Christian questions, and sound reflection. Some of the questions are posed here by Culture Watch Africa:

  • Is the destruction (on either side) really what Christ wants us to do?
  • Did he as a mortal being on earth support physical fight and destruction as an option to settle disputes, any dispute whatsoever?
  • Is it likely that he, now as our Lord and Savior in the spirit world would actually support anybody, whosoever, to fight another person for any reason, whatsoever?

It is our humble presumption that most sane and rational Christians are likely to answer a capital NO to the above three questions, no matter how one looks at the situation. Christ would never support anybody to fight another person for any reason whatsoever! He did not even allow Simon Peter to fight in order to save his (Christ’s) life just before his crucifixion. He asked Peter to sheath his sword, because, “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” In another instance, Christ said: “If a man slaps you on one cheek, give him the other cheek to slap also.” He did not say fight back! In yet another illustration of his position against violence and forcible approach to anything, we refer to the instances that abound in the Holy Bible where Christ emphasized “winning of souls” for the Christendom. He never asked anybody to force people to convert to Christianity. Violation of this all-important principle of choice in Godliness is one of the greatest errors perpetrated by today’s born-again Christians in Nigeria who force citizens to burn their cultural artifacts.

If we do agree that the above stated positions of Christ in the matter of Christianity are correct. And, the born-again extremists do know that there are people who are ready to fight in order to stop them from destroying the cultural artifacts. Then it makes sense, following the above stated Christian principles, that they seek “peaceful,” “soul-winning,” “non-combatant”ways to resolve the disagreement. It does not really make any difference who is right, or who is wrong. Christ would never support non-peaceful, forcible, combatant approach to win souls for God, no matter what! In essence, Culture Watch Africa is merely asking the extremists to slow down their tempo and ask the question: What Would Christ Do in a situation like this? It is our opinion that if a Christian endeavors to win and save a soul for God through Christ, then the approach has to be Christian, or Christ-like in nature.

The Almighty God Himself instituted the OPTION OF CHOICE in the world by allowing us the choice to either do good, or do evil; the choice to either follow His ways, or follow the ways of Satan. He has the power to destroy Satan who leads us to do evil. He can force all humans to do good at all times. But He does not destroy Satan because He wants to give us the chance to choose good or evil. We are saying, therefore, that even if they were correct in their view that the entire African culture is evil, the burn-again zealots are approaching their mission in very wrong un-Godly manner.

Culture Watch Africa is all about peaceful approach, with a systematic campaign to dispel the darkness of ignorance, armed only with the effective power of information about true Christianity. It is absolutely imperative to emphasize that this is not a war of culture against Christianity or any other religion. This is a campaign against misinterpretation of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, what we want to wedge in Africa is a war between Ignorance and Knowledge in matters of Culture and Religion.

Egypt is favorably known all over the world today, and she enjoys huge revenues through tourism and various other culture-related avenues, all because ancient Egyptians had the foresight to preserve the artifacts of their culture. Far beyond the economic values of culture-preservation to Egyptians, are the scientific and historical values that benefit the entire world. Thanks to the ancient Egyptian artifacts, the world now knows a lot more about humanity, past, as well as present. Also, five thousand years old mummies recently exhumed in China have vastly enriched humanity and science in various ways. These are only a couple of many global instances of the benefits of protecting, preserving and celebrating one’s culture.

Museums in the western world are graced with artifacts of the African Culture, some of which were ignorantly given away by Africans, and others stolen from Africa by westerners who know their present and ultimate values in the history of the world. It is very ironic back home in Africa that misinformed new-wave born-again Christians are busy destroying what is left of the culture, all in the name of God.

What Is Culture

No doubt, many people that will get to read this brochure do not need a lecture on the definition of culture; they perfectly understand what it is all about. However, this campaign is not only for the intellectual elites, but also, indeed, mostly for the less intellectual masses. It is a campaign geared mainly towards the masses in the grassroots communities in Africa, who are the real custodians of our culture. And if we must convince the custodians to do a good job of nurturing, protecting and preserving our culture, then they must understand the essence of authentic cultural identity of Africa in the larger global community. It is imperative, therefore, to state a couple of functional definitions of culture.

Culture, very simply, can be defined as the ways of life (otherwise known as traditions) of a group of people, which set the group apart from other groups in a larger society. The African Culture is comprised of sets of traditions and elements that are unique to Africans, which make us different from peoples of other regions of the world. It is instructive to offer a few more diverse definitions from theologians and anthropologists who have approached it from Christian perspectives.

In his 1949 treatise titled Christianity and Culture, T. S. Eliot wrote: “Culture may be described simply as that which makes life worth living.” Emil Brunner, a theologian, stated in his 1948 treatise titled Christianity and Civilization: “Culture is materialization of meaning.” Another theologian, Donald Bloesch, had this to say: “Culture is the task appointed to humans to realize their destiny in the world, in service to the glory of God.” Later, in 1966, an anthropologist, E. Adamson Hoebel wrote a text—Anthropology: The Study of Man—in which he said that culture “is the integrated system of learned behavior patterns which are characteristic of the members of a society, and which are not the result of biological inheritance.”

“All of these definitions can be combined to include the world views, actions, and products of a given community of people,” summed theologian Jerry Solomon in his 1995 text titled Christianity And Culture. And, in Christ and Culture in Dialogue, Angus J. L. Menuge said, “It is impossible in practice to separate oneself from culture; as culture permeates our thinking and language, it is as much in us as it is around us. We may keep out some bad influences of culture but others will remain inside.”

“That the forest should meet Christian urbanism was the most natural thing in the world,” says one of Africa’s prides, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. “And I think that there were narratives in which the priest himself had to confront, shall we say, the equivalent of what you might call the goblins of the woods. And he had to bring his own Christian powers and negotiate a kind of existence with them.”

Far back in 1913, J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) posed the key question in the controversy: “Are Christianity and culture in a conflict that is to be settled only by the destruction of one or the other of the contending forces?” He followed with his own response to the question: “A third solution, fortunately, is possible—namely consecration. Instead of destroying the arts and sciences, or being indifferent to them, let us cultivate them with all the enthusiasm of the humanist, but at the same time consecrate them to the service of our God.”— The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 11, 1913.

A recurrent tolerant and reformist notion in many of the existing religion-inclined definitions of culture is the need to employ culture “in service to the glory of God.” The basis, theme, indeed, the entire essence of the argument of Culture Watch Africa is reflected in elements of such definitions. We campaign that the “bad influences of culture be kept out, and others remain inside” to be consecrated and employed “in service to the glory of God.”

Did Christ Preach Against Culture?

The source of the apparent confusion about culture (traditions) in the Christendom is the Holy Bible itself, which was built on parables. The biblical parables beget ambiguity, which means that one single line in the bible may be interpreted to mean so many different things, depending on who is doing the interpreting, and what his or her motive is. Progressive interpretations of relevant passages in the bible posit that Christ never preached against culture or traditions. He preached the coexistence of culture and Christianity, recognizing that religion may not exist in a society without a set of traditions. Indeed, Christianity itself becomes part of the traditions of any society that adopts it. Passages abound in the Holy Bible, which affirm this position. Christ actually encouraged and attended a good number of cultural events. He also partook in a number of cultural traditions/ activities, such as Jewish weddings, and the annual Passover festival. He went as far as making contributions to support some of the events. For instance, when wines were exhausted during a marriage ceremony at Cana in Galilee (John Chapter 2), Christ did contribute kegs of wine, which he made available through his very first miracle of turning water into wine. Christ also attended the funeral of his friend, Lazarus, where he performed his greatest miracle of raising the dead (John Chapter 11).

The Misinterpretation

Christ, of course, did preach against hypocrisy amongst the people that make/ made up a culture. His teaching in the book of Mark chapter 7 verses 1 to 13 (New Living Translation version) is appropriately titled “Jesus Teaches About Inner Purity,” and his very first statement in verse 6 is, “You hypocrites!” Before this response, verses 1 to 5 condemn ‘window dressing’ within the culture, and not the culture itself. Pharisees and Teachers of religious laws were making a fuss about the violation of their tradition of dipping hands in water for “cleansing” before any meal, and Christ chastised them for hypocrisy (window-dressing), because they cleaned their hands whereas their minds and souls were dirty. He lamented that they still hated their neighbors; they still showed no respect to their parents, and still violated all the other components of the Ten Commandments. In other words, they were pretenders who were putting up a show of being pure, whereas they were actually evil at heart. This is absolutely true of many of today’s new-wave born-again Christians who are destroying the African Culture.

In the scripture (Mark 7), it is said that Christ quoted Prophet Isaiah, who had written earlier saying, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce (a lie), for they teach man-made ideas as command from God.” Some new-wave born-again Christians choose to interpret the above-cited passage (Mark 7: 1 – 13) to mean that Christ taught against culture and traditions. Their strongest argument seems to be drawn from the line:
“For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own traditions.”
Surely, when misinterpreted, or interpreted out of context, this line might support the view that Christ preached against traditions (culture). The fact, however, is that he was only condemning hypocrisy. In so doing, he pointed at the fact that the Pharisees were adamant in sticking to their sinful traditions, at the expense of the Ten Commandments. Certainly, no commandment asks anybody to destroy his or her culture. Emphasis is on sinful traditions, and not the entire culture. The passage says nothing against any of the good traditions that the Pharisees and Teachers in question were practicing within their culture. “I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets,” said Christ, according to the Book of Mathew, chapter 5, verse 17. “…No, I came to accomplish their purpose.”

Reform It; Don’t Destroy It

It is recognized that some of the African cultural artifacts were actually symbols of deities that were worshiped by our forefathers. The reformists also admit that there are cultural traditions that are obviously unwholesome, whether viewed religiously, or from any other perspective whatsoever. For example, human sacrifice and killing of twins are clearly wrong, bad and condemnable any day, no matter what perspective they are considered from. Naturally, the reformists insist that such archaic and bad cultural traditions must be eliminated, but definitely not by completely condemning our entire culture. They also argue that violated artifacts can be demystified, sanctified, reduced to mere objects of cultural identity, and preserved for the history of the land. In other words, the reformists are saying: Let’s reform it, and not destroy it! Essentially, this argument strongly upholds the wisdom behind the adage: Do not throw away a baby along with dirty bath water. We must rinse our baby up with clean water, keep the baby, and then throw away the dirty water. In other words, we must protect and celebrate a purified form of our cultural identity.

For instance, masquerade is a cultural entertainment concept, which actually exists in various cultures of the world besides Africa; but Africans, particularly Nigerians have suddenly redefined the concept as evil. We do recognize that some masquerades have been associated with deities in non-Christian ways in the past. However, the reformist argument insists that we may not condemn every masquerade as being evil. If indeed our fathers and forefathers dedicated some of their masquerades to deities in negative ways in the past, the reformists insist that they can all be demystified, purified or sanctified, then retained as elements of art and entertainment in our culture. As a compromise, we can put our fathers’ masquerades aside as artifacts, and make new ‘clean’ replicas for ourselves. One way or the other, the tradition must not be allowed to go the extinction-way of some other traditions that we have lost due to ignorance, simply because they had flaws. By comparison, there are so many bad people among the anti-culture crusaders, and also among Christians all over the world, but nobody goes around campaigning for the abolition of Christianity for the sake of the bad Christians.

The Power Of Infotainment

 

When we speak of reform, we speak of reforming everything that makes up the culture, including the human minds. The aim is to have all things made by God to glorify Him. The important message in this segment is on the power of infotainment and subliminal education in spreading the word of God. We emphasize subliminal education as the preferable Christ-like alternative to the current approach of extremist Christians. The infotainment approach is founded on the proven fact that people learn better, and they are amenable to changes when they are informed while being entertained.

On the matter of culture, Christians should learn to design their soul-winning programs and gospel with cultural elements in a manner that venerates Christ and glorifies God. They should effectively utilize the concept of subliminal learning. For instance, many youngsters have nothing against church revivals, but they would rather see some masquerades sometimes as well. This is where reformation can work hand in hand with the concept of Infotainment to achieve maximum result that cannot be attained otherwise. Give the young group some masquerades, but ensure that the masquerades incorporate the Christian scripture in their entertainment songs and music, and not foul lyrics. The expected result is actually very obvious. They would learn about Christ and God without making any effort. Indeed, they would not even quite realize that they are learning important messages about God, until the messages start to manifest in them. That is the proven power of subliminal education through infotainment!

Reforming The Masquerade For God

It is always advisable to proffer solutions when one condemns an existing policy or practice. Hence, Culture Watch Africa proffers the following as preliminary alternatives to the extremist approach of some Christians in Nigeria:

  • Reforming the Mindset Of The Masqueraders: We believe that we have sufficiently argued the need to change the mindset of the people inside the masquerade to be good people, rather than abolish the entire concept due to the evil deeds of some people who would do evil whether or not they are masquerading.
  • Changing The Looks Of Evil-Looking Masquerades: There are masquerades in Nigeria that do look evil enough to suggest that they are actually evil. On the other hand, there are some masquerades that look so fanciful that even little children admire their beauty and relate with them. Our reformation agenda advocates that the ugly, evil-looking masquerades be modified to achieve less sinister appearances.
  • Changing The Demeanor Of The Masquerades: As a matter of consistency, the beautiful masquerades in Nigeria are usually of approachable demeanor. They are friendly, amiable, playful, and generally convey the message that they are not harmful. Women and children troupe around and interact with such masquerades, which often entertain them with beautiful songs and dances.
  • Christian Songs: With good looking, well-behaved masquerades, all we now need to complete the reformation in the name of God, is to apply the same approach of the progressives who started the idea of turning reggae music into God’s music. It was hitherto dubbed ganja music because some reggae musicians smoke marijuana, aliasganja. Now more people know that reggae rhythm does not smoke ganja, and therefore should not be committed to the devil. The devil does not make or own any music, God does! Our responsibility to God is to use His music called reggae to praise Him, not to surrender it to some people who happen to smoke ganja. By the same token we say let’s give the masquerades good Christian songs to replace some of the shoot-them-up-and-bang-them-up songs that some of the masquerades are currently singing.

The Role Of Traditional Rulers

It is ironic that the struggle to destroy African culture is often led by some traditional rulers who are actually supposed to be the custodians of the culture. Primarily, our traditional leaders swear to protect and promote the culture of the land as they take their oath of office when they ascend their thrones. Now the new-wave born-again Christianity has changed some of them, negatively affecting the way that they look at the culture of the land. In their newfound mission to purify and sanctify the land, they have gone against their oath of office by aiding the destruction of the same culture that they swore to protect and promote. Again, sanctification, of course, is great. The problem is that they have bought the new born-again idea that the only way to do it is by destroying the culture of the villages that they preside over. The genesis is that they blame all the mishaps in business, professional and social lives of all the members of the communities on the pagan ways of our forefathers, as well as the witchcraft of the contemporary generations. If anybody’s business suddenly goes sour due to conditions that have easy-to-understand scientific explanations, they find it easier to blame it on our culture and witchcraft.

As they obliterate, rather than seek to purify key elements of our culture, the traditional rulers must realize the fact that an assault on the culture ultimately means an assault on their traditional thrones. They must recognize that if the culture goes down, then the thrones will, sooner than later, go down with it. The logic is very simple: The thrones derive their powers of influence over the subjects from the culture, and they cannot survive without the culture, or the traditions of the people. Culture Watch Africa wishes to remind our beloved chiefs and kings in Nigeria that they cannot eat their cake and still retain it in their possessions. They should not continue to keep custody of the culture if they are bent on destroying it. They should decide either to protect the culture that has been placed in their custody, or give up the thrones.

The High Points

  • Museums in the western world are graced with artifacts of the African Culture, back home in Africa, ignorant New-Wave Born-Again Christians are busy destroying what is left of the culture, all in the name of Christ.
  • True anointed “men of God” battle principalities in the spiritual realm. When Prophet Elijah battled Baal and the prophets of Baal for supremacy, all he did was summon the power of God to do the fighting.
  • Christ never did, and is ever unlikely to support the level of violence that Nigerian born-again warriors often perpetrate when they encounter resistance as they go on their culture-destruction rampage. Very often, they claim to be more Catholic than the Pope, as they defend their ignorant new-wave born-again Christian practices, such as destruction of masquerades and other elements of the African Culture.
  • If we destroy the subject or the abode of an evil spirit, the spirit simply finds another abode nearby, period! If you destroy a masquerade, for instance, the guy inside the masquerade, if evil, simply changes his method of doing evil, period.
  • “Instead of destroying the arts and sciences or being indifferent to them, let us cultivate them with all the enthusiasm of the humanist, but at the same time consecrate them to the service of our God.”  (J. Gresham Machen, for The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 11,1913).
  • The Reformist Theory, which this campaign upholds, maintains that Reformation, and not Destruction, is the answer to the ongoing dispute over supremacy and legitimacy between Christianity and Culture in Nigeria.
  • Christ never preached against culture; he partook in cultural traditions. “I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” (Mathew, chapter 5, verse 17)
  • “Engaging in secular (worldly, material) activities does not make anyone a `secularist’ (worldly person), an exponent or adherent of ‘secularism’. Secularism as a philosophy, a worldview, is a different matter.” (Harry Blamires, Recovering The Christian Mind.  1988)
  • “That the forest should meet Christian urbanism was the most natural thing in the world, “…And I think that there were narratives in which the priest himself had to confront, shall we say, the equivalent of what you might call the goblins of the woods. And he had to bring his own Christian powers and negotiate a kind of existence with them.”—Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.
  • This is certainly not a campaign against Christianity, rather, a campaign against ignorant, misinformed Christianity.

Campaign Methods

Far beyond the protection of African masquerades, the following are some of the objectives ofCulture Watch Africa, and the methods through which we aim to achieve them:

  • CultureWatchAfrica.org: This website is up and running, comprising:
  • Video clips of unique and significant Cultural events and traditions, such as masquerades and festivities, rituals and rites, short documentaries and discourses on cultural events.
  • Gallery of Still photos of artifacts, with background information on each.
  • Print Information, such as:
    • Articles and stories.
    • African names and their meanings. The website is operated like a weekly television magazine program, to be updated every week.
  • Seminars: As we organize seminars, two key issues are constantly emphasized: (a) Reformation, which emphasizes consecration, rather than destruction of cultural artifacts that are perceived to be violated, and (b) Employing cultural elements in service to the glory of God. For instance, the masquerades that sing songs are encouraged to include Christian lyrics in their songs.
  • Broadcast Media Campaign: The media campaign includes Radio and Television Talk Shows where stakeholders are brought together to discuss the culture-annihilation problem and its causes. This will happen on various existing popular weekly television programs, such as Channels Television morning show, “Sunrise,” AIT’s “Kakaaki” Breakfast Show, and other primetime programs on various stations. Campaign jingles will be regular features on Television and Radio.
  • Print Medium Campaign: Newspapers articles, newspaper ads, posters, and flyers to be distributed in the streets and university campuses.
  • Billboards: Culture Awareness Billboards will be raised at strategic locations around the country, and our sponsors will be visibly carried along.
  • Cultural Events: Festivities to promote and celebrate the Africa Culture. Stage branding— Sponsor’s Logo and slogan on Back Drops on stage at all the venues of our cultural events. Our festivities will be carried on national television.
  • Road Shows: Road Shows are getting very popular in Nigeria as an effective means of reaching the people.
  • Collating And Warehousing Artifacts: All rejected and abandoned cultural artifacts will be collated for preservation, in collaboration with relevant government and non-governmental agencies, such as museums, the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, and the Federal Ministry of Culture.
  • Promoting African Languages: E.g.— encourage establishment of curricular for ethnic language studies in institutions of learning in Africa, and kindle parental interest in teaching ethnic languages to their children no matter where they reside. The catalogue of African names, along with their meanings on our website, is designed to encourage the use of African names around the world.
  • Constitutional Awareness Campaign: To counsel, and provide legal support system for victims of the rampaging anti-culture crusaders in Nigeria. Clearly, the crusaders do often violate the Nigerian constitution when they go on their destruction rampage. Most often, however, neither the culprits, nor the victims are aware of this fact. Culture Watch Africa strives to bridge this information gap. A good example of areas of interest to Culture Watch Africa, which calls for constructive intervention, is the role of the Nigeria Police in the entire conflict. It is very important that the police officers know exactly what the Nigeria constitution says about certain issues involved in the conflict. Presently, some of the officers apparently do not understand that there is no religious sentiment in law. They have to understand that the law does say that wanton and willful destruction of another citizen’s property is illegal, and punishable no matter who does it, clergyman, or pagan. It is the observation of Culture Watch Africa that Nigeria police officers often get caught in the emotional dilemma of whether or not to enforce the law against a “man of God.” Hence, they often let the so-called “men of God” go unpunished after forcibly dispossessing a man of his cultural artifacts and setting them ablaze amidst the owner’s protest, all in the name of Christ. More grievously, the police officers often further victimize (oppress) the protesting owners of the artifacts, and in defense of the erring “born-again Christians.” In a case in study, the police in Nsirimo village near Umuahia Town, Abia State, arrested the protesters, and, reportedly, extorted money from them in an unconstitutional, illegal bail scam. Newspaper report had it that the villagers had to pay large sums of money to the police officers in order to secure their releases from jail.

  
Stakeholders

The struggle to protect and promote the African Culture in Nigeria can easily be won through concerted efforts of various relevant institutions. The following are some of the obvious stakeholders:

  • The National Commission for Museums and Monuments: This is the Nigerian agency responsible for protecting the country’s cultural antiquities. It has already responded to the problem with a sensitization campaign. “We are … telling the Christians that they can’t detach themselves from their past, that there is a beginning to their history,’ said Omotosho Eluyemi, a senior official of the commission. “The commission urges those who do not want to keep sacred objects to take them to local chiefs. It also seeks stricter enforcement of the law prohibiting export of artifacts.”
  • UNESCO: Culture Watch Africa aims to partner with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in achieving the Educational and Cultural portions of its overall mandate.
  • NICO: By its name, the role expected of the Nigerian Institute of Cultural Orientation in this campaign is obvious.
  • Federal Ministry of Culture: Naturally, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Culture is a clear stakeholder in the promotion of the culture of the land.
  • Traditional Rulers: They have a major role to play in the promotion of the African Culture. Indeed, they are the custodians of the culture, and it is their sworn duty to protect the culture.

Beyond the above listed bodies, we call on corporate bodies and philanthropist everywhere to support this very, very important campaign to halt the extinction of the African Culture. We consider this a call to civic duty and cultural patriotism.

Trustees

  • Harry Agina: Communications & Human Relations Consultant; Broadcast Producer/ Filmmaker; Texas, USA. BA, Theatre Cinema; BA, Telecommunication; MA, Mass Communication.
  • Ahmed Yerima, PhD: Director General of Nigeria’s National Arts Theatre, and the Director of the National Performing Troup, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Jide Oluwaseyi: Pastor of a Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos.

The Invasion Of The Funky Pastors

The convener of the Culture Watch Africa Movement, Harry N Agina, has written a book on this subject, which is titled The Invasion Of The Funky Pastors: Church Business At War With The African Culture. Published by AuthorHouse USA, the electronic version of the book is ready for purchase through www.funkypastors.com .The hard copy debuts in the global book market on March 31, 2010.

Preview

When I left Nigeria as a youngster for the USA in search of the proverbial greener pastures, there was Christianity, and, there was the African Culture; I had grown up in both. Christianity fed me the word of God, while my African Culture made me desirably and proudly different from a white man, an Indian, Mexican, or Asian. That was many years ago in the mid-1900s.

Today, when I miss my culture and visit my African village, my brethren say the culture is no more. Indeed, the entire Nigerian Christian community seems to be heading towards the ugly notion that the African Culture is suddenly out of fashion. The people’s excuse as they annihilate our culture is that they have seen The Light in a new-wave born-again Christianity; the truth is that they grossly misinterpret the Holy Bible. Some traditionalists are not taking this lightly, and, with their “fire-for-fire” response to the born-again zealotry, there is truly a war of cultures in Nigeria.

In my primary case scenario, anti-culture crusaders put a ban on masquerades in my village, insisting that masquerades are evil, and must be destroyed. Another group, all Christian, too, said no to the ban, and…bang, a war broke out in the village, and I was right in the middle of it. This is my story, which is not limited to my village Akamiri. It is a story of Religion in the context of Culture, or should I say, Culture in the context of Religion, in Nigeria. It is generally a story of a raging war between Christianity and Culture in contemporary Africa.
I must prepare my reader’s mind for my hard-nosed criticism of “Commercial Christianity.”

However, I am a Christian, and would never advertently say one bad word against Christianity, or any religion for that matter. My grouse is with the growing number of mischievous wealth-seeking pastors, their zombie-like followers, their gross misinterpretation of the Holy Bible, and the war that they have all declared against the African Culture. One might call my criticism venomous, but I prefer to call it brutally frank, or frankly brutal.

Source: http://ihuanedo.ning.com/group/religiousskeptism/forum/topics/born-again-christians-and-the

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Men Aren’t Surviving !!!

Men aren’t surviving very well! We send to war to kill and be killed. They’re lying down in the middle of highways to prove their manhood in imitation of a scene in a recent movie about college football. They’re dying of heart attacks in early middle age, killing themselves with liver and lung disease via the manly pursuits of drinking and smoking, committing suicide at roughly four times the rate of women, becoming victims of homicide (generally at the hands of other men) three times as often as women, and therefore living about eight years less than woman.

– Olga Silverstein

 

Our Culture, Our Identity

By IGHILE JULIUS

CULTURE is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits music and arts. Today, in Nigeria as in other countries populated largely by immigrants, the culture is influenced by the many groups of people who now make up the country. Culture can also be defined as the way of life a particular group, the totality of a group of people. And it varies from society to society.

There are many cultures in the world today, and this various cultures have been influenced by other culture at one point in time or the other. Examples are; the Western culture, Eastern culture which refers generally to East Asia (including china, Japan, Vietnam, North Korea and South Korea) and the Indian Sub-continent. Latin culture, Middle East which have some but not all things in common, including a strong belief in Islam and religion is a very strong pillar of this society.

African culture, one feature of this culture is the large number of ethnic groups-some countries can have 20 and more – and the diversity of their beliefs. From the foregoing, it is very apparent and clear that culture is a very crucial part of any group of people and language as is an intrinsic part of culture. Language as a communication tool makes exchange of ideals, beliefs, religion, social habits, possible. Language represents a particular group and there are many languages in the world, like the English language, French, German, Italian, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, and Edo language. This various languages help to identify the different groups and society to which an individual belongs. And people are supposed to be proud of their own indigenous language which is referred to as mother tongue and every child is as a matter of importance supposed to know how to speak his own. However in Nigeria, we discovered that the most popular language are the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, whereas we have more than 20 different ethnic groups in the country. The Edo language as it were has been relegated to the background by the Edo people as they no longer teach their children how to communicate using the indigenous language.

Sequel to the above, thee children can’t even greet using the Edo language. This is an aberration in the highest esteem and degree. When a person has lost his self-worth, he or she begins to find avenue to braze up and most times, they resort to the English language which they fell is more popular and ‘’modern’’. As a matter of fact, anyone that speaks the indigenous language is seen as belated uncivilized and archaic.

Added to this is the fact that, people especially the Bini’s now prefer the foreign language (English) to the traditional lingua franca. This is very evident in various offices today. When you greet a Bini man using the local dialect, he will rather answer you with English which is not supposed to be so. What could be responsible for this anomaly? So, many have alluded to lack of proper orientation and unity. We the Binis must rise up as one let us go back to our language, as it is the best to communicate among us.

Furthermore, a Bini child will wake up in the morning and greet his father and mother‘’good morning sir and ma’’respectively. This is an error as there are indigenous ways of doing such. Parents should therefore rise up to their responsibility and teach their children the mother tongue to save our language from total neglect and extinction. Even those who manages to speak, does not even speak correctly as many ascent are missing this is noticed especially in the area of pronunciation of some words. What an error! Whereas we crave to speak English language correctly to the detriment of our own. If the enthusiasm and zeal with which we want to learn and speak the English Language is also transferred to the indigenous Language, I believe we will go farther as a people.

The other popular Nigerian languages like the Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo are just like ours, but the only difference is that these groups are proud of their indigenous language and they speak it anytime, anywhere and any place. But the bin’s will never do this, but would love to speak grammar and prove to you that they are very educated and enlightened. In terms of education in Nigeria, it is a fact that the Yoruba’s are more educated than any other group, but this persons still hold their indigenous language in high esteem, and they speak it anywhere likewise the Igbos.

The question that borders any mind is, who is to be blame for these canker worm that has eaten deep into our language system? Is it the parents, government or traditional rulers and custodian of our culture? None of the above is exempted from this wrong notion that has grown so big. The parents must rise up and take a stand to teach their children how to speak the indigenous language. Also, the government must also make it a point of duty to make the teaching of our local and indigenous language a must in the school curricular, to enable this children learn this language from childhood, as it is done in other parts of the country. Added to this, is the fact that traditional rules who are the custodian of our culture must help in making sure that our language is not lost and destroyed by putting measures in place to ensure the learning and usage of our mother tongue.

In conclusion, our language is our tool of communication and identify, it must not be relegated to the background. All hands must therefore be on deck to ensure we speak our language. It must be kept in mind that the Edo language is not inferior to any other lingua Franca in the world; we must therefore embrace, learn, and speak it at home, offices, school and anywhere we find ourselves, home and abroad. Surely, it is our identity.

Source: http://ihuanedo.ning.com/group/healtheducation/forum/topics/our-culture-our-identity?xg_source=activity

Letter From a Kingpin: A Discussion of Race, Politics And Slavery

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Martin Luther King – Letter from a Birmingham Jail” This morning while doing my review of the news of the day I came across one of the most simple, yet provocative articles I have read in quite a while, “Ann Coulter: Democrats ‘Dropping the Blacks and Moving on to the Hispanics’“. While I am no advocate for the messenger Ms Coulter, and disagree with many of her core views inside the article there were statements brought to the national stage that for far too long have went ignored.

“I think what – the way liberals have treated blacks like children and many of their policies have been harmful to blacks, at least they got the beneficiary group right,” Coulter said. “There is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, but that’s – or – or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what civil rights has become for much of the left.” When asked whether immigrant rights were not civil rights, Coulter responded, “No. I think civil rights are for blacks. What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.” Ann Coulter on ABC Video

My background and experience has positioned me to oddly be able to see the need for this dialogue on the topic; in my eyes having it triggered by a stark conservative is only more of a statement of the need to have a full conversation on the presented issues with a honest view of history. While many have connected me with the destruction of the black community, those same detractors fail to have a historical grasp on this countries long cyclical history of slavery, convict leasing, chain gangs and now mass incarceration. My role as a kingpin was as much a stop-gap to poverty, as it was a seller of drugs. Mass poverty, unemployment and lack of legacy wealth created an environment of unmotivated black youth in the early 1980’s. I see many similarities today. If left unresolved these similarities will heat from a slow simmer until they boil over as we are seeing in urban centers across the nation, such as Chicago. My gift and curse was an ability to motivate the unmotivated to put in effort and help them see a true economic result. In amassing my fortune what I came to know is people — no matter their background — must be made to feel that they have a purpose. For many blacks that are direct descendants of slaves, that purpose was stripped when their knowledge of family history or goals for family futures was purposefully disrupted in the interest of American expansion. Note: My analysis below deals moreso with lack of recognition of a duty and action that the American government has to descendants of slaves, rather than dealing with the right of other groups to access Civil Rights gains. I believe Civil Rights are due to all Americans, and are cornerstones to achieving the American Dream. Problem rickross2 Lets start with context so there is no question as to what Ms. Coulter speaks to in her shortened comments above. America is only 236 years old, the Independence of the country was gained in 1776. While in contrast America’s African slavery lasted from 1619, to at least the date used by most textbooks 1862. But as can be seen in pieces such as “PBS Slavery by Another Name” American slavery really lasted until 1942. Through the use of convict leasing and vagrancy laws America kept Blacks subjugated well into the 20th century. It is only in 1942 that government officials made slavery illegal and acted to enforce the rights of African American slaves to be free. President Roosevelt signed circular No. 3591 legislation on December 12, 1941, finally, effectively making slavery illegal in the United States in 1942. So in all American slavery was some 320 years long, being that it started before the country’s Independence and lasted well into its more modern existence (a full 150 years longer than the entire history of the country). The form of slavery used in America, this country of independence and freedom, was one whereby blacks were intentionally culturally stripped, unable to create familial structure, unable to create financial wealth and unable to create any sense of identity — stripping men down to a sense of nothingness where in some cases they did not even know their own birth dates. During this period America became one of the wealthiest countries the world has ever known. This occurred primarily on the back of the rest of the world’s inability to compete with America’s free slave labor advantage in creating everything from cotton in the 1700’s to steel in the 1900’s with no labor cost. During this entire time black slaves amassed little to no wealth, and were in fact not even allowed to stay in structured families without threat of being ripped from their social fabric by being sold. The period from 1942 until the early 1970’s was known as Jim Crow, whereby the descendants of slavery were made to be second-class citizens. They were largely unable to vote, unable to organize and unable to truly create wealth for their descendants. Note:Blacks were a group so ostracized they were unable to even see criminal justice done. A little known fact is despite all of the rampant racially motivated killing that went on throughout the country over nearly 100 years between 1877 and 1966, during a time of heavy peonage (a form of involuntary servitude) only one white farmer was convicted of the murder of one of his black “peons”. Stopping and now doing the math from 1776 until around 1970 blacks were truly unable to amass wealth for themselves, but created the wealthiest country the world has known. It is for that which our families are owed a great debt. Note: This means that blacks with ties to slavery, were slaves for 83 percent of the countries entire history, and in addition slaves some 150 years before the country officially became independent. What this has left behind is a society that is ripe for what has been entitled the New Jim Crow whereby mass incarceration has been used as tool to incarcerate in mass the descendants of those same slaves. Shackles are shackles, and chains are chains as much as we refuse to view them as such. This mass incarceration has been a great job creator as America poured billions into the War on Drugs, essentially creating crime that needed to be processed by officers, judges, attorneys and court staff. All of this being done at the cost of so many black males lives. In 1982 at my height, there was no Google, and we had no real knowledge of global affairs. What we did know is that Reganomics had led to a trickle down that was not occurring. It cut off social programs, job training and led to massive downturns in the ghetto economically. But had our great grand-parents been given their just due, we would not be in the position to have to wait for economics to trickle. We would have been our own pipe, trickling to others as any other group in the country’s twelve plus generations were doing by 1980. rickross3 Today, priming the pump are record labels Warner Brothers Records and Universal Music, and artist such as the one using my name William Roberts pka Rick Ross knowledgeably validating selling crack cocaine (despite its harsh sentencing, even though neither the artist or label executives has or would sell crack cocaine themselves) to a group of young black men ready to follow messages pushed forth by this mass media. Shooting videos that make blacks appear like animals from Louisiana: Rick Ross “Hold me Back” (God Forgives I Don’t) to Nigeria Rick Ross “Hold Me Back”, feeding an image of the poor-criminal-black man as described by Toure in theWashington Post. So entrenched is the mentality left behind by a culture born from lack of ownership, that as I fight for my own name people can not draw the connection that the root of why it was taken from me without license or compensation is tied in the same culture of black slavery and lack of right of possession described above. Whereby we as African Americans are not to even own our own identity. I am Rick Ross, and I refuse to allow it. Solutions While this is in no way an exhaustive list, it is a start for true dialogue toward progress.

  • It is my belief we need real data sets on what the long term effects of American slavery have been on the descendants to start any real dialogue. Administrators for public services, education and incarceration should be forced to collect specific data on descendants of slavery so we can really see how this group is performing after being horrifically treated for so long, we can then delve into real solutions.
  • Descendants of slavery should be allowed to use new Internet based tools such as Ancestry.com to track their family’s history at no cost paid for by the federal government. This would start to enhance a sense of identity and knowledge of history.
  • No Cost Financial planning. Family planning and Counseling services should be offered to those that are descendants of slavery in areas where data shows there is need.
  • Financial tax breaks targeted at descendants of slavery should be enacted, whereby those that are most disenfranchised are able to make up ground on the investment advantage of legacy money held by so many. To hear Republicans at their convention speak on redistribution this year — from Ann Romney, Senator Marco Rubio and Mitt Romeny, they speak of an America that historically has not existed and we still must work toward by being honest about how wealth advantages were gained the last 100 years. There are roughly 3 Million Americans in the top 1% of earners, that’s one percent of 300 Million people. Blacks are only a mere 1.4% of that top earning group (in numbers only 40,000 BLACKS are in the top 1%). That means (.1%) of all blacks in the country are in the top earning bracket. This is while 27.4% or 10.7 million blacks live below the poverty line earning less than 11,000 dollars a year. Note: The median asset for the few 40,000 blacks in the top 1% median assets are 1.2 Million and 1.3 million in debt load, making them negative 100K. Whites in contrast are 96% of the top 1% of earners, and for the 2.9 Million whites in the top 1% the median assets are 8.3 Million in Assets, 300,000 in Debt.
  • Crack and Cocaine should be sentenced same, and the sentencing should be applied retroactively. Currently the sentences given to Black men for the nonviolent offense of the sale of Crack cocaine are the same as that given for murder in some cases. This has destroyed countless families, by ripping the Black father from the home for a nonviolent crime. When released these young men should be allowed to vote in all elections. Voting is one of the great powers of men in a democracy. It should not be allowed to be stripped from descendants of slavery for nonviolent offenses that are incorrectly labeled as high level felonies. By stripping voting powers they undermine our ability to organize and effect change in our communities by demands of politicians. 10,000 per 100,000 black males ages 25-30 are incarcerated, largely for nonviolent drug offenses. To put this statistic in context the prison rate for Africans in South Africa during the the Apartheid was 836 per 100,000. About 10.4% of the entire African-American male population in the United States aged 25 to 29 was incarcerated, by far the largest racial or ethnic group-by comparison, 2.4% of Hispanic men and 1.2% of white men in that same age group were incarcerated.
  • Lastly, a demand of our politicians from US President to local Alderman, that to get our vote they must enact targeted policy for descendants of slavery. We must start the healing process of rectifying a community destroyed as America built its culture of freedom so many enjoy at the cost of many black families very existence. So as President Obama speaks live to the UN on Slavery, I also request we also become more honest about America’s past so we may move to a brighter future.

rickrosschart As stated by the president, “Human trafficking is not a business model, it is a crime” President Obama. In America we must be honest that it has been a business, we must then look at ourselves and be honest about what we see in the mirrors reflection as we look at this business of American slavery’s lasting effects. I hope this Op Ed is read with an open mind for the messenger, and the message as that it is time to start the dialogue so we may start on the path toward a true healing.

Yours for the cause of Honesty and Truth, “Freeway” Rick Ross

Article from: HuffPost

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-ross/rick-ross-anne-coulter_b_1914214.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

NO TRUE AFRICAN IS A CHRISTIAN OR MUSLIM

By NAIWU OSAHON

The patriotic, intelligent, enlightened, sophisticated, reliable, upwardly-mobile, proudly African, particularly the young and young at heart, is a Ma’at. It is probably too late to reform our over 40, 50 or so years old already too deeply captured by our oppressors’ lies and brainwashing and serving as the master’s megaphones, preachers, promoters and agents in our midst.

No true African is a Christian or Muslim. It is a contradiction in terms to link a legitimate African born, with Christianity or Islam. The idea is simply absurd, an abnormality, to say the least. These religions were the tools used to suppress and enslave our ancestors, and exploit and condemn us to our current state of wretchedness as a people, through ruthless brainwashing. A real African would have to be insane to identify with the religions the slavers used to obliterate his/her name, language, self-esteem, family, industries, history and intellectual, spiritual and material contributions to modern civilization. They are insane, because they rejoice the most over Yahweh’s ten plague attacks on our ancestors in Egypt. They compose songs, dance and make-merry over the idea, until they run out of strength and sleep off only to wake up the following morning and begin the shindig all over again over our adversities.

Of course, many would argue that there are some genuine Africans who are Christians or Muslims. Such arguments are usually based on the empty surface value of skin colour. The truth is that not every one that is Black or African on the outside is African inside. That is why after fifty years of flag independence, they are still hanging on to some mundane, outmoded, barbaric, narrow-minded, false, senseless, racist, alien spiritual preoccupations, imposed by our selfish, de-humanizing slave masters. Typical African Christians and Muslims, call African cultures, traditions, values, and works of arts: primitive, savage and pagan. They smugly try to speak and carry themselves like the slave masters; insanely bleach to sore point to try to pass for White; arrogantly claim to be Christians and Muslims first, and due to their helpless, unappreciated freak of nature, Africans second. They are our Pastors and Imams, political leaders, school teachers, business tycoons and merchants, importing European excrements into our climes as fertilizers, because they believe, European excrement is superior to ours. They are usually the first to claim to be the authentic Africans only to be kneeling or hitting their heads on the floor the next minute, before images of their White and Arab gods, (Jesus, Muhammad, Yahweh-Allah), who they call their messiahs, husbands, fathers, saviours.

After the middle of the 17th century, the demand for Atlantic slave trade became insatiable and peaked in the 18th century. Each year, seven times as many slaves were leaving Western African coasts. For 500 years, from (1441-1870-1960 CE), with the Bible in one hand and the gun in the other, they unleashed a devastating, unprecedented, unrelenting, and un-godly, tyranny of hate, torture, enslavement, and colonization, on Africans. Africa was doubly disadvantaged; it was excluded from the economic flow engendered by the supposed ‘discoveries,’ and was bled dry by the exportation of humans in their dynamic ages, destined to replace the American Indians decimated by their European incursions. Progress on the continent came to a stop.

Many of the slave ships had Christian names, such as the ships of the slaver, Sir John Hawkins, licensed by Queen Elizabeth, named Jesus, Angel and Grace of God. Quite often, the captains of the slave ships were Christian clerics or priests. John Newton was one such captain of a slave-trading vessel. He read the Bible daily on board the ship while hundreds of human souls were in his ship’s hold. Pursued his studies for his ministry and held prayer services on deck twice daily. He wrote a hymn: “How Sweet the name of Jesus sounds.” Here is a White writer’s description of what happened on those ships: “Below the deck…sometimes more than five feet high and sometimes less; and this height is divided towards the middle, for the slaves lie in two rows, one above the other, on each side of the ship, close to each other like books upon a shelf…so close that the shelf would not easily contain any more. The poor creatures, thus cramped, are likewise in irons for the most part, which makes it difficult for them to turn or move or attempt to rise or lie down without hurting themselves or each other. Every morning, more instances than one are found of the living and the dead fastened together.”

To break and humble Africans, some of the most brutal and inhuman treatment in the history of mankind were practiced against them by Whites, on board those slave ships. Some captains, at the start of a journey would chop a number of slaves to bits, and force the others to watch and to eat the flesh. Torture and dismemberment were used to deter rebellion. White laws sanctioned the punishment meted out to Blacks by categorizing Africans as chattels, which like horses and cattle, could be bought, sold, mortgaged, borrowed, rented, bartered, etc. Christianity made slavery divine, arguing that the Africans were the children of Ham, who bore the curse of darkness from God. Missionaries often forced slaves to promise not to seek freedom, as a condition for being baptized. Women were routinely severely raped, and men were regularly castrated, their sex organs severed.

C.L.R. James in, (The Black Jacobins), tells us about some of the things that happened to our kith and kin on the sugar plantations in the Americas. “The whip was not always an ordinary cane or woven cord…sometimes it was replaced by a thick thong of cow hide, or by the lianes, a local growth of reeds, supple and pliant like whale bone…The slaves received the whip with more certainty and regularity than they received their food. It was the incentive to work and the guardian for discipline. But there was no ingenuity that fear of a depraved imagination could devise which was not employed to break their spirits and satisfy the lusts and resentment of their owners and guardians. Irons on the hands and feet, blocks of weed that the slaves had to drag behind them wherever they went, the tin-plate mask designed to prevent the slaves eating sugar cane, the iron collar. Whipping was interrupted in order to pass a piece of hot wood on the buttocks of the victims; salt, pepper, citron, cinders, aloes, and hot ashes were poured on the bleeding wounds. Mutilations were common, limbs, ears, and sometimes the private parts, to deprive them of the pleasure which they could indulge in without expense. Their masters poured burning wax on their arms and hands and shoulders, emptied the boiling sugar over their heads, burned them alive, roasted them on slow fires, filled them with gun power and blew them up with a match (this was called ‘to burn a little powder in the ass of a nigger’); buried them up to their necks and smeared their heads with sugar that the flies might devour them, fastened them near to nests of ants or wasps; made then eat their excrement, drink their urine and lick the saliva of other slaves.”

Sir Han Sloane, an obvious sadist, who visited the British Islands in 1688, didn’t think the punishment he described (and quoted here), were harsh enough: “The slaves are punished…by nailing them down on the ground, and with crooked sticks on every limb, and their applying the fire by degrees from feet and hands, burning them gradually up to the head, whereby their pains are extravagant…by gelding (cutting off the balls) or chopping off half of the foot with an axe. Their punishment are suffered till they are raw; some (masters) put on their (slaves’) skins, pepper and salt to make them smart, at other times their masters will drop melted wax on their slaves’ skins and use several very exquisite torments…” In 1759 CE, F. Voltaire, who had all his life asserted that Africans were naturally inferior to Whites, published ‘Candide,’ a sting on religionists’ slavery of Africans. In 1772 CE, Rev. T. Thompson of the USA wrote that “the trade in Negro slaves on the African coast is in accordance with human principles and the laws of revealed religions.” In 1852 CE, Rev. Josiah, published a Bible defence of Black slavery in America, and in 1863 CE, ‘The London Times, with blazing headline, thundered that the Bible justifies Africans being sold and bought. It advised African slaves to ignore their freedom. Legal abolition of slavery was promptly replaced with colonization from 1880 for the next 80 years. The Berlin Conference to consolidate colonialism took place from Nov. 1884 to Feb. 1885. Charles Carrol published his “Biblical and scientific proof that the Negro is not a member of the human race, in 1900 CE.” Christianity and Islam create dichotomy between ‘Gods’ and humans to foster the master or select elite syndrome, to numb followers, to raise a loyal tribe of mindless servants, useful as idiots.

Islam de-humanizes Africans. Arabs are the most implacable and rabid Black haters on earth. Arabs call Africans abd (abeed), meaning, their ordained slaves. Islam, is their camouflage instrument of coercion, a comprehensive, abeed numbing, brainwashing, entrapping, mass breeding, lethally intoxicating concoction.

The Qur’an distinguishes between races by discriminating against Africans. There is a strong legacy of racism against Africans from early Arab-Islam because the language, traditions, and customs of the Arabs, support the down grading of the African race. Arabs’ attitude to Blacks derives from Genesis’ racist fiction about Noah’s sons. Arabs claim that “the accursed Ham was the progenitor of the Black race; that Japheth begat the full-faced, small eyes Europeans, and that Shem fathered the handsome of face with beautiful hair Arabs.” Arabs conveniently forget that they were produced by the mixture between their most advanced and superior race, the Kushites (Blacks), and the low-class, primitive White tribes that invaded Arabia land of the Blacks from 1550 BCE.

After conquering Egypt, Arabs began demanding Nubian slaves. From as early as 6 CE, they had developed slavery supply networks out of Africa, from the Sahara to the Red Sea, to Ethiopia, Somalia, and East Africa, to feed demands for slaves all over the Islamic world and the Indian Ocean region. The African male slaves were castrated and used as domestic servants, or to work the Sahara salt deposits, or on farms all over the Islamic world. The African female servants were continuously raped before being sold to households to be used as sex labour. This Arab trade in African slaves went on uninterrupted from the 6th century CE, to the 19th century CE, softening Africa militarily, culturally, economically, socially and politically, for the joint European and Arab onslaught on African people and economy, from the 15th century CE. Arabs, not only pioneered African slavery, they were also the principal raiders and middle men for the Atlantic slave trade that decimated populations in West African. Arabs in 1400 years enslaved and killed twenty times more Africans than the Whites did in 400 years. In the late 18th century CE, with most of the slave trade along the West African coast dominated by Christians, the bulk of the Arab slave trade shifted to Zanzibar, conquered then by Omani Arabs.

Dr. Azumah in his book, The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa, provides several examples of Islam’s hatred of Blacks. There is the hadith example in which an Ethiopian woman laments her racial inferiority to Muhammad, who consoles her by saying, “In Paradise, the whiteness of the Ethiopian will be seen over the stretch of a thousand years.” Another hadith quotes Muhammad thus: “Do not bring black into your pedigree.” In fact, the Arabic word for slave, “Abd,” became equated with Blacks with the advent of Islam. Osama Bin Laden, in a discussion with the Sudanese-American novelist, Kola Boof, in Morocco in 1996 said: “When next you meet an Arab, you should ask what the Arabic word is for slave; you’ll discover that the words are the same “abeed.” Which is why, when an Arab looks at a black African, what he sees is a slave.”

Muhammad owned and sold Black slaves. He ordered and built the pulpit of his mosque with African slave labour. The Qur’an encourages sex with female slaves in several places. Classical Islamic law allows a light-skinned Muslim man to marry a Black woman, but a Black Muslim man is restricted from marrying a light-skinned woman. As their literature puts it: “Only a whore, prefers blacks, the good woman will welcome death rather than being touched by a black man.” So interwoven is slavery with Islam that Islam’s holiest city, Mecca (site of the Hajj pilgrimage), was a slave trading capital. Quoting Azumah again, up until the 20th century, Mecca served as the gateway to the Muslim world for slaves brought out of Africa. “It became a custom for pilgrims to take slaves for sale in Mecca or buy one or two while on Hajj, as souvenirs to be kept, sold, or given as gifts, back home.” The African male slaves were castrated and the African female slaves were continuously raped. Off-spring of the illicit encounters were largely destroyed as unworthy to live. Between 650 CE and 1905 CE, over 20, 000,000 African slaves had been delivered through the Tans-Sahara route alone to the Islamic world. Dr. John Alembellah Azumah in, ‘The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa,’ estimates that over 80 million more died en-route.

A text from Dr. Azumah’s book provides this quote from a Zanzibar observer about the travails of African slaves’ en-route to slave markets around the Arabic world. “As they filed past, we noticed many chained together by the neck… The women, who were as numerous as the men, carried babies on their backs in addition to a tusk of ivory or other burden on their heads… It is difficult to adequately describe the filthy state of their bodies; in many instances not only scarred by [the whip], but feet and shoulders were a mass of open sores… half-starved ill-treated creatures who, weary and friendless, must have longed for death.” A Muslim herdsman, in Dr. Azumah’s book described the fate of those who became too ill or too weak to continue the journey as follows: “We speared them at once! For, if we did not, others would pretend they are ill, in order to avoid carrying their loads. No! We never leave them alive on the road; they all know this custom.” When asked who carries the ivory when a mother gets too tired to carry both her baby and the ivory, the herdsman replied, “She does! We cannot leave valuable ivory on the road. We spear the child and make her burden lighter.”

Arab and Persian literature depicts Blacks as “stupid, untruthful, vicious, sexually unbridled, ugly and distorted, excessively merry and easily affected by music and drink.” Nasir al-Din Tusi, a Muslim scholar said of Blacks: “The ape is more capable of being trained than the Negro.” Ibn Khaldun, an early Muslim thinker and scholar, writes that Blacks are “only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings.” To Ibn Khaldum, “Blacks are characterized by levity and excitability and great emotionalism,” and added that “they are every where described as stupid.” Ibn Sina (Avicenna 980–1037), Arab’s most famous and influential philosopher/scientist in Islam, described Blacks as “people who are by their very nature slaves.” He wrote: “All African women are prostitutes, and the whole race of African men, are abeed (slave) stock.” He equated Black people with “rats plaguing the earth.” Al-Dimashqi, an Arab pseudo scientist wrote, “the Equator is inhabited by communities of blacks who may be numbered among the savage beasts. Their complexion and hair are burnt and they are physically and morally abnormal. Their brains almost boil from the sun’s heat…..” Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhani painted this no less horrid picture of Black people, “…..the zanj (the blacks) are overdone until they are burned, so that the child comes out between black, murky, malodorous, stinking, and crinkly-haired, with uneven limbs, deficient minds, and depraved passions…..”

NAIWU OSAHON Hon. Khu Mkuu (Leader) World Pan-African Movement); Ameer Spiritual (Spiritual Prince) of the African race; MSc. (Salford); Dip.M.S; G.I.P.M; Dip.I.A (Liv.); D. Inst. M; G. Inst. M; G.I.W.M; A.M.N.I.M. Poet, Author of the magnum opus: ‘The end of knowledge’. One of the world’s leading authors of children’s books; Awarded; key to the city of Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Honourary Councilmanship, Memphis City Council; Honourary Citizenship, County of Shelby; Honourary Commissionership, County of Shelby, Tennessee; and a silver shield trophy by Morehouse College, USA, for activities to unite and uplift the African race.

Naiwu Osahon: the Sage of the New World Order, renowned author, philosopher of science, mystique, leader of the world Pan-African Movement.

http://ihuanedo.ning.com/group/religiousskeptism/forum/topics/no-true-african-is-a-christian-or-muslim

 

 

September 25th is National Voter Registration Day – Register to Vote ONLINE!!!!

Understand the value of voting!!! There once was a time when African American voters faced barriers like poll taxes and ridiculous literacy tests. There once was a time when African American voters – and women of all races – were explicitly barred by law. There once was a time when just trying to vote might mean the loss of your job, your home, or even your life.

This is why voting should not be taken for granted and, this is why everyone, especially African Americans, should vote in the upcoming presidential election and all other elections.

It is a privilege to be able to go to the polls and voice your opinion about ballot issues and elected officials through voting.   It is our responsibility as citizens of this country to express our support or discontent for policies through the process of voting.  It is also our responsibility to elect officials who value what we value:  work-family flexibility, equal opportunity family-supporting jobs and economic security for all families.

 

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Click the link to register:

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The N Word

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When you’re called a nigger you look at your father because you think your father can rule the world –every kid thinks that–and then you discover that your father cannot do anything about it. So you begin to despise your father and you realize, oh, that’s what a nigger is.

– James Baldwin

Troy Davis Execution Anniversary Today (9/21/2011)

On the one-year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate growing concerns over prosecutorial and police misconduct in capital cases.

Suzanne Nossel, Executive director, Amnesty International USA, said: “Troy was executed despite a mountain of doubt about his conviction and allegations that witnesses were coerced by police. A year later, the stain of injustice continues to spread, with the death penalty used despite substantial concerns over prosecutorial overreach, wrongful conviction or misapplication of the law. The federal government must take action as case after case corrodes the credibility of U.S. criminal justice. The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible human rights violation; we reject it under all circumstances. For it to be carried out in cases like Troy’s where the evidence has fallen apart, witnesses have raised doubts or there are credible allegations of government coercion is an affront to justice. The explosion of public outrage over the execution of Troy Davis reflected the public’s distrust in the U.S. criminal justice system, and this distrust has intensified rather than being allayed over the intervening year. This is a crisis of confidence, which must be addressed by the Justice Department by investigating key cases of alleged prosecutorial misconduct in death penalty cases.”

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, who had been active in Troy’s case for over a decade, said: “Last year the state of Georgia killed Troy Davis, an innocent man. Though he is not here, his memory lives on with us and fuels our fight to abolish the death penalty. Troy’s wrongful execution has changed the hearts of minds of millions and public support for the death penalty is now at an all-time low. We have heeded Troy’s request to not have the struggle for justice end with him — in the last year, we ended the death penalty in Connecticut and we are seeing momentum in Maryland and in California, where ending the death penalty is on the ballot.”

At a joint press conference with Troy Davis’ sister, Kimberly Davis, the two organizations also urged Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and the state to carry out an “independent, impartial” investigation of the Davis conviction to restore public trust in the state’s justice system.

“Georgia ended my brother’s life despite serious doubt about the fairness of his conviction,” stated Kimberly Davis. Our family suffered a grave injustice when my brother was executed. The state can’t do anything to bring him back to us but I never want to see another family suffer this blow. My family wants Georgia to clear his name and take a hard look at the facts in this case, as Troy urged before he died. Justice has not been served.”

Troy Davis was executed a year ago on Sept. 21 for the death of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail, even through serious doubts plaguing his conviction were not resolved. The case drew unprecedented public outrage. His conviction hinged almost exclusively on the testimony of witnesses, most of whom later recanted, many alleging police coercion. Davis maintained his innocence even with his final words.

The two organizations said that death penalty cases where it is alleged that evidence was withheld or suspects were abused or coerced, as in Davis’ case, are not a “rare occurrence”. Amnesty International released documented evidence of allegations of government misconduct in ten capital cases from the last two years alone. In four of these cases, the prisoners were executed, despite allegations that evidence was withheld, or that witnesses were abused or coerced by police, as in the Davis case. (See separate document outlining 10 cases)

On February 15th of this year, Robert Waterhouse was executed in Florida despite the fact that evidence from the crime scene had been destroyed before it could be subjected to DNA analysis. This week in Missouri, a judge is reexamining evidence against Reggie Clemons, who has been on death row for 19 years. The Clemons case bears many striking similarities to the Davis case, with serious concerns raised about the fairness of Clemons’ conviction.

Since 1973, 140 people have been released from death rows due to evidence of wrongful convictions. Two-thirds of all countries have abolished the death penalty. The United States stands with governments like China and Iran in carrying out most of the world’s executions.

Troy Davis execution anniversary today.

Article from http://www.wtxl.com/

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