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Woman Burned at the stake after being accused of being a witch?

How does one describe the utter disappointment after incidents like this?  As humanity we have come so far, but what good does it do us if we allow large pockets of the world to succumb to the same fate as so many people of our past?  The position many news agencies are taking on the particular case is one that misses a very real aspect, “Papua New Guinea, suffers from a lack of education”.  So what exactly did the missionaries do when they visited this place?

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea

ELCONG set up in the late 1800’s and quickly spread throughout the region.  Within the first ten years of their settlement at least 4 missions had been established.  Today the Protestant religion has a prominent role in New Guinea.  the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea Act 1991, officially incorporated the Lutheran church.  Among Protestantism, you will also find Catholicism here.  The history of this country stems from tribalism, where headhunting and cannibalism were prominent features of their culture.

Although we don’t see cannibalism in Papua New Guinea today, does that mean the missionaries get off easy?  I think not.  If the townsfolk had chosen to deport this woman, or even give her a court hearing where they determined to send her away, religion wouldn’t boil to the surface of my thoughts.  So where did these people get the idea that you are SUPPOSED to burn witches at the stake?  Where in the world does this concept of murdering someone for being something that doesn’t even exist come from?  History tells us, that Christianity and other religions are guilty of many witch killings, Vampire staking, demon hunting, you get the picture.  So missionaries have been successful in taking a culture from ritualistically eating each other, to religiously burning one another alive?

admittedly, I have only heard of several cases like this from New Guinea.  I hope after the backlash they will receive from outside communities this burning people will be ruled out as a viable option to rid the world of things that don’t exist.  I simply wanted to draw a similarity between the what, (witch), why (sin), where (religions population), when (today), how (BURNED).

Tourchered before being burned!

If this were merely based on education, then it wouldn’t have happened in Europe at he hand of Kings and Queens.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea

http://www.paclii.org/pg/legis/consol_act/elcopnga1991406/

http://www.elcpng.org.pg/Who-We-Are-History.htm

http://www.iphone.malaysiandigest.com/world/250401-20-year-old-mother-accused-of-being-a-witch-tortured-and-burned-alive.html

http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/02/08/Accused-witch-tortured-burned-alive-in-Papua-New-Guinea/5641360327446/

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Boy Scouts of America: Should Gay’s be admitted?

I must say I agree with Penn Jillette on this and many issues.  It is the right of BSA to exclude anyone they wish, but I personally think they are wrong.  Appallingly Gays are not the only Americans BSA currently refuses to admit.  They also don’t allow Atheists, and Girls.

Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2, 1964, officially making any form of segregation illegal.  Yet, the civil rights movement didn’t end with the abolition of segregation.  The battle still rages on today.

While Americans for equal rights like myself are powerless against organizations like BSA in the matter of legal action.  We are powerful in our ability to spread information and to protest organizations like BSA on an individual basis.  If my daughter one day decides she wants to be a Boy Scout I will draw as much media attention as I can as we attempt to slay the beast.  Taking on organizations like BSA is a valuable learning experience, perhaps more valuable than anything BSA could teach her.

Also the government can close off national sites to the BSA until they treat all Americans equally.  Recently UPS Inc. said they will not donate to BSA until they lift the ban on Gays.  This is a step in the right direction.  President Obama’s pre-super bowl talk with CBS was another great leap forward.  The president announced on national television at a time when a sizable chunk of the American population was watching, that Gays should be allowed in Boy Scouts of America.

Religion in this case causes discrimination in America.

 

Works Cited

Daily Mail Reporter. (2013, February 3). Obama says Boy Scouts should end their 103-year ban on gay members as organization contemplates reversing policy. Retrieved from Mail Online: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272969/Obama-says-Boy-Scouts-end-103-year-ban-gay-members.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#axzz2K2tlNUbg

webmaster@BSA-Discrimination.org . (2012, October 12). BSA and Girls in Scouting. Retrieved from BSA-Discrimination.org: http://www.bsa-discrimination.org/html/girls-top.html

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Next Week I will start the 5 part Revelation series.

Week 1: Why is Revelation in the Bible?

Week 2: Failed Prophesies of Revelation

Week 3: A God that loves to destroy his creation

Week 4: The mark of the Beast

Week 5: Revelation conclusion

Check back for this exciting series.

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