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Helen Ukpabio is a monster

I've written many times on the issue of child witches in Africa. Every year, thousands of kids are abandoned, beaten or killed because their parents or family members suspect them of being witches. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that in Nigeria alone, over 930,000 children are orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and often their remaining family members believe these children were responsible for their parents' d ...

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Ireland is messed up

With the country still feeling the impact of the Ryan report, which chronicled decades of mental and sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, the government has acted swiftly in light of these events and passed a new "blasphemy law", which would make disparaging religion a criminal offence. The law seeks to punish offenders with a fine of up to €25,000. The law is surely going to blow up in their faces. By tryi ...

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Girl’s parents starve her to death, thought she was “possessed”

Khyra Ishaq was, by all accounts, your typical happy-go-lucky 12 year old living in Birmingham. Her mother, a recent convert to Islam, pulled her from school and began to isolate all of her children away from the outside world. Her excuse was they had been bullied in school over their attire, but no official complaint was filed with the school, and many of the house's windows were boarded up. One neighbor, ...

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Big Surprise: Colleen Hauser on the lam

Yesterday Ryan and I speculated on whether or not Colleen Hauser, who was ordered to provide chemotherapy for her son Daniel, would flee. Well, it looks like she did, and now authorities have issued a warrant for her arrest. We're not entirely surprised; we knew the most likely course of events would be her evading police, followed quickly by an arrest and another messy trial. That's the type of predictable ...

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Belief is not innocuous

A few months ago I wrote about the plight of Nigerian children who are accused of being witches. These kids are often beaten, abandoned, or killed because their parents or members of the community accuse them of being possessed by Satan. The problem is only getting worse, with an estimated 15,000 kids in Nigeria alone accused of being witches. Even though there are a number of organizations working to undo ...

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2010: the year of the Bible

When I think about the year 2010, the first thing that comes to mind is the sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. It makes me think about how optimistic Arthur C. Clark was in terms of the human race's engineering skills. Let's just say it's doubtful we'll be sending anyone to Jupiter. In fact, rather than being a scientific Mecca, the world seems to have taken a nasty turn towards superstitious belief. Case in p ...

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More exorcisms gone wrong

I wish everyone just stopped trying to exorcise demons out of people. It's an obviously very dangerous, and utterly pointless thing to do. Of course, you can't seem to get superstitious ignoramuses to sit and listen to reason. Now it looks like ten people will soon be going to jail over the death of Janet Moses, a New Zealand woman who drowned during one of these stupid curse-lifting ceremonies. The troop i ...

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Villagers kill 5 ‘witches’ in Kenya

If you have a weak stomach, then I urge you not to watch this video. This is uncensored human stupidity at work. If you've ever said superstition isn't harmful, then you've obviously never traveled to some of the less fortunate parts of the world, where the combined brutal ignorance and extreme poverty are a recipe for disaster. If you think this video is outrageous, consider the fact the person who recorde ...

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Britain busy with debaptisms

Last week, the Nation Secular Society in England was busy debaptising over 1500 people. If you are like me and wonder what the hell happens at a "debaptism", Religious Intelligence has the story: The recipient of the certificate declares they "reject all [the Church's] Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged Origina ...

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Watch your dicks, fellas

Here's a little article courtesy of Boing Boing about the hysteria over 'penis thieves' in Africa. If you've never heard about it, it's the modern equivalent of a witch hunt. It usually starts when panic is stirred up when baseless accusations are launched at undesirables. The whole thing usually ends up with a few deaths caused by an angry and frightened mob. It's an old superstition dating back to ancient ...

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