A Back-and-Forth between Two Black Atheist Brothers

@Anti_Intellect & @TheBlackGuyX

@Anti_Intellect                                                @TheBlackGuyX

Anti-Intellect and TheBlackGuyX decided to join together for an improvisational conversation on religion, god, atheism, and white supremacy. The result of this unconventional conversation is below.

Anti-Intellect:

Religion is what oppressors allow you to have when they won’t give you anything else. Think about it.

TheBlackGuyX:

The oppressor had loads of justifications as to why enslaving African Americans was acceptable. From economic justifications to the ridiculous idea that Africans were the lesser race and need to be take care of by whites. Religion, specifically Christianity, was a justification that also came into play when enslaving African Americans. Both the Old Testament and New Testament give permission to hold slaves. The god of the Old Testament approved of slavery and Jesus showed that slavery was permissible in the New Testament. It was the belief of the slave owners that slavery, infused with Christianity, would liberate African Americans from their barbaric-like ways. Furthermore, as slavery went on, slaveholders argued that Christianity was a necessary evil because it less humane, sinful, black race.

Anti-Intellect:

Arguing that religion and belief in god should not be critiqued because they have the potential to empower sets up a dangerous precedent. The Atlantic Slave Trade empowered a lot of people. Should it be given a pass because some people used it to do good stuff?

TheBlackGuyX:

The point you made about The Atlantic Slave Trade is an amazing one. No one NEEDS religion or belief in god to be empowered, for a sense of morality, or for a sense of comfort. Individuals are often dependent on religion and the belief in god because they are told at a young age that god is the answer, all knowing and all powerful. In most families, children are taken to church when they are less than 2 years old, to be baptized and taught how to be a Christian. This dependence and submission to God only increases as schools tell children that they must behave or God will be unhappy with them and send them to Hell when they die. Once these children are old enough to think for themselves they usually do not because the social norm around them since they were born has been that God is watching over them and to go against that would be to outcast themselves from their family, friends and school.

Anti-Intellect:

The fact that Black people are concerned with Jesus being Black is another sign of white supremacy. There is no large-scale Black interest in Jesus without white supremacy. It just does not happen. The only way you get masses of Black people interested in Jesus is through white supremacy.

TheBlackGuyX:

Exactly! So many Blacks don’t know this because of mental slavery or just plain willful ignorance. Christianity and White Jesus, has often been used to justify white supremacy and African slavery. During slavery, we were stripped of our culture and all we were spoon fed with was White Jesus. When slaves first came over from Africa, they weren’t allowed to maintain their own traditions, languages, or religion. They were forced to live as slave owners demanded, forced to speak English or other European languages, and forced to worship the same religion as their slave owner.

Anti-Intellect:

A people with their own god(s) do not have to be concerned with a White or Black Jesus. We would be interested in us! The length that Black people will go to defend white supremacy never ceases to amaze me. Even if Christianity was in Africa in ancient times, there were ALSO hundreds of other religions. But we’re only fighting for White Jesus? This is more proof that it’s the white supremacy that you fighting for, not Blackness. Otherwise you would not have ditched the other faiths. Black people fighting over Christianity and Jesus, is more proof of our education into white supremacy. We would never fight for OUR gods. The only way that Christianity, in Africa, goes from 9 million to 380 million people is through White supremacy. We abandoned US. When Black people can name Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Noah, and Moses, but can’t name ONE Traditional African Religion or deity? We got a problem. The least Black people can do is be honest about our history. We owe that much to ourselves. You do not have to abandon Christianity, but you can at least be honest. I am not giving up English, but I know I speak it cause of Whites.

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Spinning The New Pope as a Good Guy

 

 

The media keeps highlighting that the new pope has a long history of advocating on behalf of the “poor”. I’m assuming they think this absolves him of his homophobia, misogyny, and all around ignorance. It’s easy to be “for the poor” without examining how social inequalities like disdain and lack of access to contraception like condoms and birth control adds to the growing number of the poor. Or how homophobia prevents people from accessing the workforce and other segments of society that could help them hold a job. Or how forcing women to carry pregnancies that they don’t want or can’t afford also adds to the growing number of the poor. Also, I don’t see homophobia and misogyny as synonymous with humility. A modest view of one’s own importance does not translate into infringing on OTHER’s rights. They can try to spin this new pope into being a “good guy”, but he’s not.

– The Anti-Intellect Blog

 

Prayer in Schools in Indiana

Schools ‘May Require Recitation Of The Lord’s Prayer’ Under Indiana Bill

By Adam Peck

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A state senator in Indiana introduced a bill on Thursday that would give public school districts the authority to mandate daily recitations of the Lord’s Prayer in public classrooms.

The bill, introduced on the first day of the new legislative session by Republican Senator Dennis Krause, outlines Kruse’s reasoning for requiring school prayer:

“In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen, the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school may require the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each school day. The prayer may be recited by a teacher, a student, or the class of students.”

Kruse’s bill would unquestionably run afoul of the Constitution. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that mandating school prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Even fellow Republicans in the Indiana senate don’t think much of Kruse’s bill, with Republican Senate President Pro Tempore assigning it to a committee often considered a graveyard for legislation according to the Indianapolis Star.

This is not the first time Sen. Dennis Kruse, a Republican who also happens to chair the Senate education committee, has tried to inject Christianity into public schools. Last year, he led a push to introduce creationism into the science curriculum, and when that failed he tried to pass a bill that would have required teachers to provide “some kind of research to support that what they are teaching is true or not true.”

Despite the clear violation of the First Amendment, conservatives have taken a renewed interest in school prayer after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Several prominent conservatives, including Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich, used the deaths of 27 people — including 20 elementary school students — as an opportunity to blame the lack of religion in schools for gun violence.

( Source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/04/1397651/indiana-lawmaker-wants-to-give-schools-the-power-to-mandate-prayer-in-classrooms/?mobile=nc )

The Idea of Gods …

What Is god?

By: Connor Augustus / December 25, 2012

So many people today try to define who or what God is. Most people believe God is an all-powerful man/being. However, I don’t believe God is a he or a she. In fact, I don’t quite know what or who God is, (nor do I believe in one) but I’m going to give you the most logical explanation I can in explaining a much deeper version of ‘God’ so that maybe you will all understand.

First of all, the most logical thing is to say God is a force, and this is what I will try to explain further. In a traditional Christian sense, ‘God’ is a man in the sky. He watches everything we do. He passes judgment, gives revelations, and dictates the entire existence of what we call the “Universe.” What if I told you God wasn’t a physical being? Okay, not so hard to swallow necessarily, but what if I told you that God truly doesn’t exist, but exists nonetheless? Confused yet? Now before you get angry and close this page read on and follow the rest of my logic.

God is considered an all-powerful, all-knowing, ‘omnipotent’ being by just about every sacred text you read. However, most people don’t really consider the deeper meaning of an existence of “God.” In fact, to most, it is assumed that it is a man somewhere in the “Heavens” watching over us. Yet, we have been to the heavens of earth and beyond into the stars above and around us. Guess what? There was no God to be found. Yet millions of people still follow this “invisible man” to this day. I believe that even if the heads of every church came out and said,” Ya!! … We lied. God doesn’t exist. It’s all fake …” you would still have people deny that. You would still have people “Hold to their faith” and in the words of Nietzsche, “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” People are afraid to accept what they don’t know, and even the things you lay out in front of them. If you give them something they don’t understand, or something different from what they know, usually they turn to their faith or as I like to call it their “comfort.” Faith is basically a powerful belief that there is something beyond space and time that governs the universe and loves you; although you can’t see ‘him’. Many people would rather hold to faith, for the simple fact of it brings comfort to the unknown, and the known alike.

We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society. –Thomas Jefferson

Part of what Jefferson was trying to say was that it is easier to believe in a separate reality that is more comforting than our own. He is absolutely right when he says humans are afraid of what they know, and what they don’t know. Strong people tend to take the fear of what they do know, and make money/fame off of it. For a weak person, sometimes that fear destroys them. It is easier to believe there is a being who loves us unconditionally always than it is to believe alternatives.

One of those alternatives is to indulge a belief similar to that of Scientology and say that God is an Alien. Yes, if you think about it, that explanation could work. Long ago, a “Man/Being” with “great power” aka superior technology, came down from the “heavens” and everybody thinks he is this all powerful being. From there they worship him, and start an entire belief system based on this “All powerful man.” In a certain perspective, this makes sense. Though, I would implore you to further research the idea that “God” is an Alien before coming to a hateful or accepting conclusion about it.  The reality is however, an entirely different and more powerful concept. ‘God’ is more than just a man or a being.  However, let us consider a deeper explanation, shall we?

Indulge me for a moment, and say that God is ‘Everything’ and when I say that, I literally mean EVERYTHING. For instance, ‘God’ is all intelligence, energy, and matter and interconnects everything and everyone together. God is and is a part of every force that drives life. The molecules that make up our entire existence, the water that keeps us alive, and the hydrogen that burns in the core of our sun. God is the planets, stars, and the entire Universe itself. God is gravity, inertia, every physical and mathematical law, and all the energies that bind our universe. God is the ultimate force that governs all forces of the universes. God has no gender, no physical ‘Body’ to grasp, yet he is everything physical and embodies every conceivable gender. Now flip this and say that not only is ‘God’ everything, but everything is a part of this ‘God.’ Please take a moment to soak this in, and ponder before reading further.

Now that your mind is filled with an idea of ‘Everything’ then consider the next concept. If God is everything, and everything is a part of “God”, then in essence God is nothing, because if something is everything (including existence itself) then essentially you can’t be anything at all.

(Although this is a topic for another time, we now start to break into Nihilism)

Now consider another concept. We as humans are made of the same molecules and atoms that make up trees, rocks, cats and dogs. We are a part of the same energies and matter of all life around us. That includes non-organic things like planets and stars. We are interconnected with the universe, and in essence we are interconnected with ‘God’ as well. (I would like to state that doesn’t make us quote “God” because while we are a part of everything and the universe, we are not everything.)

So, considering all of this, in a sense, the traditional God truly is false. The traditional ‘God’ all Atheists claim to be false, and all Christians swear by, is just an all-powerful man/being, that which lives in the heavens and dictates life and the universe. However, if you consider what I just said ‘God’ is so much more than that. Essentially, ‘God’ exists, yet in the sense most people think, he does not exist at all.

Take Em’ To Church

 

 

May The Church Say Amen …

The religion institutes squeezes money out of the people by selling them an absurd vision of the world in which all is good and divine. Religions are physical slavery; it is a well-built corporation that steals human spirituality in a systematic, fascistic, fashion. Religion teaches slave-morality, just like the mass media, just like the Hollywood propaganda. The religion institutes are a spiritua

lly bankrupt organization because it treats human beings like customers to whom it sells false, decrepit, hopes. Religion stands in the way of salvation by stealing human resources and using them to buy gold, land and stocks. Religion uses sophisticated propaganda techniques in order to get the populace to believe that a mythic creature in the sky will save them.

Eradicate Religion

Religion Against Humanity

 

By Wole Soyinka

Intervention by Wole Soyinka, Member of UNESCO’s International High Panel, at the 2012 Conference on the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, United Nations Hdqrs, New York, Sept. 21 2012

To such a degree has Religion fueled conflict, complicated politics, retarded social development and impaired human relations across the world, that one is often tempted to propose that Religion is innately an enemy of Humanity, if not indeed of itself a crime against Humanity.  Certainly it cannot be denied that Religion has proved again and again a spur, a motivator, and a justification for the commission of some of the most horrifying crimes against humanity, despite its fervent affirmations of peace. Let us however steer away from hyperbolic propositions and simply settle for this moderating  moral imperative: that it is time that the world adopt a position that refuses to countenance Religion as an acceptable justification for, excuse or extenuation of – crimes against humanity.

While it should be mandatory that states justify their place as members of a world community by educating their citizens on the entitlement of religion to a place within society, and the obligations of mutual acceptance and respect, it should be deemed unacceptable that the world is held to ransom for the uneducated conduct of a few, and placed in a condition of fear, apprehension, leading to a culture of appeasement.  There are critical issues of human well-being and survival that deserve the undivided attention of leaders all over the world. Let us recall that it is not anti-islamists who have lately desecrated and destroyed – and with such fiendish self-righteousness – the tombs of Moslem saints in Timbuktoo, most notoriously the mausoleum of the Imam Moussa al-Khadin, declared a world heritage under the protection of UNESCO and accorded pride of place in African patrimony . The orientation – backed by declarations – of these violators leaves us with a foreboding that the invaluable library treasures of Timbuktoo may be next.

The truth, alas, is that the science fiction archetype of the mad scientist who craves to dominate the world has been replaced by the mad cleric who can only conceive of the world in his own image, proudly flaunting Bond’s Double-0-7 credentials – Licensed to Kill. The sooner national leaders and genuine religious leaders understand this, and admit that no nation has any lack of its own dangerous loonies, be they known as Ansar-Dine of Mali, or Terry Jones of Florida, the earlier they will turn their attention to real issues truly deserving human priority. These cited clerics and their ilk are descendants of the ancient line of iconoclasts of Islamic, christian and other religious moulds who have destroyed the antecedent spirituality and divine emblems of the African peoples over centuries. Adherents of those African religions, who remain passionately attached to their beliefs, all the way across the Atlantic – in Brazil and across other parts of Latin America – have not taken to wreaking vengeance on their presumed violators in far off lands.

These emulators are still at work on the continent, most devastatingly in Somalia, with my own nation Nigeria catching up with mind-boggling rapidity and intensity. Places of worship are primary targets, followed by institutes of education. Innocent humanity, eking out their miserable livelihood, are being blown to pieces, presumably to relieve them of their misery.  Schools and school pupils are assailed in religion fueled orgies, measured, deliberate and deadly. The hands of the clock of progress and social development have been arrested, then reversed in widening swathes of the Nigerian landscape. As if the resources of the nation were not already stretched to breaking point, they must now also be diverted to anticipating the consequences – as in numerous nations around the world – that would predictably follow the cinematic obscenities of a new entrant into the ranks of religious denigrators, who turns out – irony of ironies – to have originated from the African continent.

In sensible families, while every possible effort is made to smooth the passage of children through life, children are taught to understand that life is not a seamless robe of many splendours, but prone to the possibility of being besmirched by the unexpected, and unpredictable. A solid core of confidence in one’s moral and spiritual choices is thus sufficient to withstand external assaults from sudden and hostile forces. That principle of personality development is every bit as essential as the education that inculcates respect for the belief systems and practices of others. The most intense ethical education, including severe social sanctions, has not eradicated material corruption, exploitation, child defilement and murders in society, not even deterrents such as capital punishment. How then can anyone presume that there shall be no violations of the ideal state of religious tolerance to which we all aspire, or demand that the world stand still, cover its head in sackcloth and ashes, grovel in self-abasement or else prepare itself for earthly pestilence for failure to anticipate the occasional penetration of their self ascribed carapace of inviolability.

It is time to demand a sense of proportion, and realism. Communication advance has made it possible for both good and evil to transcend boundaries virtually at the speed of light, and for the spores of hatred to travel just as fast, and as widely as the seeds of harmony. The world should not continue to acquiesce in the brutal culture of extremism that demands the impossible – control of the conduct of millions in their individual spheres, under different laws, usages, cultures and indeed – degrees of sanity.

What gives hope is the very special capacity of man for dialogue, and that arbiter is foreclosed, or endures interminable postponements as long as one side arrogates to itself the right to respond to a pebble thrown by an infantile hand in Papua New Guinea with attempts to demolish the Rock of Gibraltar. I use the word ‘infantile’ deliberately, because these alleged insults to religion are no different from the infantile scribble we encounter in public toilets, the product of infantilism and retarded development. We have learnt to ignore, and walk away from them. They should not be answered by equally infantile responses that are however incendiary and homicidal in dimension, and largely directed against the innocent, since the originating hand is usually, in any case, beyond reach. With the remorseless march of technology, we shall all be caught in a spiral of reprisals, tailored to wound, to draw virtual blood. The other side responds with real blood and gore, also clotting up the path to rational discourse.   What we are witnesses to in recent times is that such proceeding is being accorded legitimacy on the grounds of religious sensibility. It is pathetic to demand what cannot be guaranteed.  It is futile to attempt to rein in technology: the solution is to use that very technology to correct noxious conceptions in the minds of the perpetrators of abuse, and educate the ignorant.
I speak as one from a nation whose normal diet of economic disparity, corruption, marginalization, ethnic and political cleavages has been further compounded by the ascendancy of religious jingoism.  It is a lamentable retrogression from the nearly forgotten state of harmonious coexistence that I lived and enjoyed as a child. One takes consolation in the fact that some of us did not wait to sound warnings until the plague of religious extremism entered our borders. Our concerns began and were articulated as a concern for others, still at remote distances. Now that the largest black habitation on the globe has joined the club of religious terror under the portentous name, Boko Haram – which means ‘The Book is Taboo’ –  we can morally demand help from others, but we only find them drowning in the rhetoric and rites of anger and/or contrition. Today it is the heritage and humanity of Timbuktoo. And tomorrow? The African continent must take back Mali – not later but – right now.  The cost of further delay will be incalculable, and devastating.
The spiral of reprisals now appears to have been launched, what with the recent news that a French editor has also entered the lists with a fresh album of offensive cartoons. To break that spiral, there must be dialogue of frank, mature minds. Instant, comprehensive solutions do not exist, only the arduous, painstaking path of dialogue, whose multi-textured demands are not beyond the innovative, as opposed to the emotive capacity, of cultured societies.  So let that moving feast of regional dialogues – which was inaugurated by former President Khatami of Iran in these very chambers – be reinforced, emboldened, and even-handed. The destination should be a moratorium, but for this to be strong and enduring, it must be voluntary, based on a will to understanding and mental re-orientation, not on menace, self-righteous indictments and destructive emotionalism. Perhaps we may yet rescue Religion from its ultimate indictment: conscription into the ranks of provable enemies of Humanity.

Wole Soyinka
Sept. 21, 2012, United Nations Hdqrs,  New York.

Stop Indoctrinating Children!!

African parents, stop forcing religion upon your children!

By Kevin Onuma,

African parents need to stop forcing imaginary beliefs or religion upon their children. It is a pandemic disease plaguing most African nations, and is very common in Christian families or homes.

In Africa, many children are forced to go to church every Sunday by their parents, forced to attend bible studies, and if a Catholic – forced to participate in alter services. It is force in a sense that, these African parents make it mandatory and not a thing of choice.

What’s even more sad is that in Catholic churches, people are made to confess their sins to a priest! Afterwards they’re asked to recite “10 hail mary’s” and “5 our father’s”. The reverend father will then say…”go and sin no more”. I never took church or religion serious growing up as a kid, it’s just one of those things you do to satisfy your parents shallow request. What a life!

I was once caught up in such bondage, but some Africans will never understand what it feels like to be this FREE. Why? They’re still caught up in the bondage! Our African people must be properly informed!

Below is an interesting point from an intelligent poster on Tee Akins FB page:

“Belief in gods is passed to children before they have the intellectual wherewithal to question their elders. Like your cuisine, your traditions and your values, belief in gods become a part of your being. They become axiomatic beliefs rather than the conclusion of rigorous intellectual inquiry.”

The white missionaries really raped the crap out of Africa when they flooded the continent with their fairy tale bibles and brainwashing several years ago.What’s even more funny is – I’ve noticed that we practice Christianity more in Africa than those who invented it or brought it to us.

For example, in Africa, Nigeria to be exact, many Catholics attend mass at least 3 times a week, followed by charismatic, house fellowship, and prayer meetings, not to forget catechism classes – this is their regular routine. This means majority of African Christians spend more than half of their life worshiping an imaginary “God”.  They invest little to no time towards realistically developing their own self – their intellect is lost.

In African Christian homes, this is the life their children are forced to live. Does Africa truly need this? When are we going to wake up and realize we are being massively brainwashed with religion? In the US, I’ve noticed that majority of those that attend church services are Africans. Any intellectual being would apply critical and analytical reasoning to try to understand why this misconception of god exists in the mind of many Africans and not the world at large. Why Africa? We need to start questioning the effect and existence of religion on the continent if we truly want to gain more knowledge and solve our problems, if any.

African parents, stop forcing religion upon your children!

Another interesting point on Tee Akin’s page:

“But it need not be like this. We see many countries that are freeing themselves from this cultural artifact  In Japan only 4% of people are convinced gods are real. In Europe, plenty of countries have fewer than 20% of people who believe gods are real.”

African christian parents brainwashed in church

African parents in church – wailing, jumping and screaming for some so called god to save them, while their lives deteriorate further. -Teekay Akin

Below is the message attached to the above photo by Teekay Akin, informing the African people:

”This is just sickening and sad.

It brings tears to my eyes every time I see such.

And entire generation and people wasted, enslaved and bound in their ignorance, folly and assumption of knowledge!

Wailing, jumping and screaming for some so called god to save them, while their lives deteriorate further.

While other men and races are getting work done, solving their problems and developing their cities and lives, ours are in churches and mosques, crying and begging the gods they have been given for miracles.

Just sad!

BUT MARK THESE WORDS! SOONER, SOONER! These shall be a thing of the past in our lands! WE SHALL RID OUR LANDS OF THESE CANCERS!!! THE TIME HAS COME!”

Series of comments followed after Teekay Akin posted the above photo, and some interesting opinion were shared, some of which are:

  • Opinionist 1: 100% agree, this is totally tragic. Religion, superstition and magic acts like an invisible rope holding back entire nations in Africa. While Europeans are running away from superstition fast (and even the USA now has a rapidly growing atheist minority), Africans seem to be increasingly embracing it. It is pitiful and heart-breaking to see pictures like this.
  • Opinionist 2: How many square metres is the land they re standing on & calculate how many local industries/employment that space could accommodate only if they gave “Common Sense” a lil chance of breath.
  • Opinionist 3:  If the mother’s are brain-washed then the continent will surely be brain-washed too. Have you noticed that all eyes are closed, they are all blinded by darkness.
  • Opinionist 4:  And it’s always women in the front row. What would it take for people to realize that this whole concept of religion was/is a fallacy, nothing concrete, just empty? I always say, should your 5 year old son begin to query you about the contents of the bible, that’s where our foolishness would become evident. Cos obviously the answers wouldn’t appease his conscience. I guess all you’d say to him is ‘just believe son’, if you don’t, hell is guaranteed of which you’re not even convinced of yet as a parent and with this you subdue the child’s ability to reason as a human. Typical!
  • Opinionist 5: So when all is said and done, what does your belief in god offer you? a guaranteed seat in heaven? You truly believe, quite sincerely, that you’ve done anything to deserve that? or just some emotions you display towards an imaginary character will earn you that. Don’t be afraid, break free, it’s quite relieving!
  • Opinionist 6: The churches are silent on the issues that are affecting the African community. It is an evil, wicked and corrupt institution that is geared to keep us as eternal slaves, only this time we are not on the cotton field plantation in the south or the sugar plantation in the caribbean. Or the breaking stones in robbin island. The greatest and most deadly enslavement is the spiritual enslavement of our African Mind, where the enemy has become the deity. Deep down in the subconscious of our people they worship europeans, (the jesus syndrome). They see the oppressor as the god (their savor) even though europe never had a Divine Spirit. That Divine Savor or Saviours never came from europeans and never will. That Divine Spirit always come from African Edenic People. According to Bob law, “all the european have in their history is john wayne, alexander the barbarian, tarzan, and rambo,”
  • Opinionist 7: 100% agree, this is totally tragic. Religion, superstition and magic acts like an invisible rope holding back entire nations in Africa. While Europeans are running away from superstition fast (and even the USA now has a rapidly growing atheist minority), Africans seem to be increasingly embracing it. It is pitiful and heart-breaking to see pictures like this.

In conclusion, I believe the hands of time is changing. The days when African parents will no longer force imaginary beliefs or worshiping of imaginary gods upon their children will soon be over. The new generation of Africa is rising – they are powerful, knowledgeable, and intellect. The revolution has begun.

Brainwashed to Believe in Bible Fairy Tales

Are Christians Worshiping a Mass Murderer?

By Kevin Onuma,

If God has killed many over the years, are Christians worshiping a mass murderer? That is the topic being discussed on InformAfrica in order to re-awaken majority of our African people, who are brainwashed to believe in bible fairy tales.

Soren Kierkegaard quote on bible deception - God is a mass murderer.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true.” -Soren Kierkegaard

Time and time again I continue to inform my African people of the need to abandon religion and it’s misguided beliefs, especially Christianity, which was once the religion I practiced, based on what I was taught, and not what I truly knew. Fortunately for me, my spiritual being granted me the urge, the strength, and courage to question the Bible and its stories. Many Christians refuse to this, based on the notion that God wouldn’t be happy with such actions and would likely punish them accordingly. They are afraid of a God who they believe thought created them in his own image but have never seen, suppose to be their father and protector but has always threatened them with hell fire and doom if they fail to heed to his words, this led me to write about “How the bible keeps us dependent and inferior“, Africans must be informed and re-awkened.

There are many ways to prove the disadvantages of religion outweighs the advantages. When you (in your mind) minus religion out of this world, and imagine how peaceful, more beautiful, and more friendly the world would be – you would agree that religion is nothing but division.

When most people think of religion, they either think of Christianity or Islam. But why? This is because Christianity and Islam are the two most controversial, complicating, influential, and yet most powerful among all the religions on the face of Earth. This two types of religion are constantly struggling for power, aggressively converting more (shallow) followers – building an army.

However, in this topic, my focus is on Christianity and its fairy tale book called “The Bible”. Recently, I was in a gathering with my fellow African brothers and a sister (Nigerians to be exact) on a Friday night, being sociable, while enjoying good African music from Nigerian-born DMV artist D-Flex.

During this social African gathering, series of discussions evolved – from business to cooking, to music and lifestyle, including that of religious beliefs, most especially Christianity – which is pretty much the only religion the Igbo people of Nigeria practice. This type of social gathering is what I like to call “AfricansConnect“.

During this AfricansConnect session, many knowledge, information, and wisdom were exchanged from one person to the other. However, the moment we proceeded towards religious beliefs and whatnot, I was privileged to share some knowledge, giving my fellow African brothers something to think about. Below are some of the keypoints I made:

  • Is Jesus black or white? (They don’t know. But they believe he once lived on earth, performing miracles. I had them thinking.)
  • Who wrote the bible? (They don’t know. But yet they believe everything the bible says. Again, I had them thinking.)
  • How about the bible story of the creation of life on Earth? You believed it when you were a kid, do you still believe it now? (Not much was said about this, but I had them thinking.)
  • Why are you afraid to question the bible? You don’t want to anger God for fear of what he will/can do? (Again, I have them thinking.)

At this very point, I made reference to several passages in the bible which states how God killed and tortured many people who disobeyed him or his commandments. (Imagine, we are being commanded or face death when we refuse. Is this not slavery if the stories in the bible are actually true?).

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I brought up the story of Noah, the Ark, and the flood – which can be found in the Bible’s book of Genesis, chapters 6 through 9; where God senselessly murdered millions of humans and billions of animals in the flood. (You can read more about the story of Noah here: Understanding Noah’s flood).

Noah’s flood is not the only place in the bible where God displayed his wickedness towards mankind, mindlessly slaughtering his people, who many have been misled to believe created us in his own image. There are several other places in the bible with references to God’s mass murder.

If God has killed (as reported in the bible) and is willing to kill or torture his own people for any reason whatsoever, what does that tell us? Are Christians worshiping a mass murderer? This same God, many were misled to believe created “Ten Commandments” with the 6th commandment stating that: You shall not commit murder, but yet this our so called God commits grievous murder in mass quantities and brags about it in the bible. It’s like someone killing your brothers and sisters and rubbing it on your face.

Many Christians have this misconception that if they desist from worshiping God they will burn in hell along with the rest of the unbelievers. So in order for Christians not to go to hell, but rather heaven, they must continue to worship God or surfer his wrath when he comes down to Earth.

Learn about Bible deception

Deception is everywhere today even though the Inspired Scriptures are plain, direct to the point, and painfully explicit concerning how and with what means the whole world is being deceived.

I explained to my fellow Africans on this very day – they need to FREE their mind. Anyone that believes in all this bible fairy tales is definitely enslaved – mentally. Most Christians refuse to believe their worshiping of some man-made God or believe of bible fairy tales constitutes their mental enslavement.

They believe in Mary’s virgin birth, Jesus turning water into wine, Jesus performing magic with 2 loaves of bread and a fish to feed the multitude, Jesus walking on top of sea water, among many other unrealistic events reported in the bible. Believing that Jesus or God does exist is like believing Spiderman and Superman does exist, living a life of fairy tales and not reality. Another place in the bible that talks about one of God’s massacres can be found in the book of Exodus chapter 12 verse 28:

So the people of Israel did just as the LORD had commanded through Moses and Aaron. And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.

As you can see in this bible verse, the death of the children is directly at the hand of God. In today’s society anyone who commits this sort of massacre will receive justice and end up behind bars for life.

A message to my fellow African brothers and sisters

If you think a God that reportedly killed millions of people – men, women, children; and also promoted slavery among other atrocities, is an awesome God – I beg you to FREE YOUR MIND. If you know what life is truly about, you wouldn’t base your living on religious beliefs.

Ever heard of the Chinese philosophy “Yin-Yang? It pretty much represents the two major forces in the universe, negative and positive, light and darkness, etc. What I’m trying to say is that, naturally, life cannot be one way – it goes both ways: “Good and Bad”. It involves living a balanced life despite the good and the bad, the pain and the joy, the ups and the downs. No matter the situation just keep strong and maintain your balance in life.

Understanding that when you do good – you’d get good back in return and when you do evil you’d get the same back in return.

In conclusion, why occupy our minds worshiping a mass murderer, forcing our African children down the same path, encouraging division; when we could be busy building ourselves, living right and doing good, loving and helping one another? Out of over 7 billion people in the world today, there are about 2.31 billion Christians, and 1.54 billion Muslims, according to current statistics – with Christians claiming 33% of the world population, and Muslims 22%. What about the remaining 45%? How have they been living without Christian and Islam beliefs?

Find time to research this things, and get to understand how they are living, including what religious beliefs they practice – if any. Expand your knowledge beyond the bible. You are the God (supreme being) of yourself.

Discover. Experiment. Understand. Life is scientific.

 

Source: http://www.informafrica.com/africa-report/god-killed-many-are-christians-worshiping-a-mass-murderer/

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