June 16, 2005

One Man's Chrstianity is Another Man's Voodoo

Read this:

Boys from Africa are being murdered as human sacrif ices in London churches. They are brought into the capital to be offered up in rituals by fundamentalist Christian sects, according to a shocking report by Scotland Yard.

Human sacriices in fundamentalist Chrsitian sects? Huh?

The report was put together by an expert social worker and lawyer for the Met after talking to hundreds of people in African communities in a series of workshops. It uncovered allegations of witchcraft spells, child trafficking and HIV-positive people who believe that by having sex with a child they will be "cleansed".

An extract reads: "People who are desperate will seek out experts to cast spells for them.

"Members of the workshop stated that for a spell to be powerful it required a sacrifice involving a male child unblemished by circumcision. They allege that boy children are being trafficked into the UK for this purpose."

What the hell? I was raised as a Southern Baptist, which is pretty far up the scale as fundamentalist Christians go, but I don't recall ever hearing anything remotely resembling any of this. Strangely enough, there's not another mention of the word Christian after the introduction. Nor is there a mention of Christ, redemption, priest, minister, reverend, resurrection, grace, or anything else that might actually strike an associational chord with the word Christian.

I have no idea what is going on in these rather primitive cults that abuse children, and whatever it is does not to be stopped, but a syncretic inclusion of "Christ" into their mythology doesn't make them Christians, if in fact that is what led to these cults being considered to be fundamentalist Christians. Or is it possible that the learned sociologists, lawyers, and theologians who are quoted here naturally lump these monsters into the same group as fundamentalist Christians because, after all, they are all just primitive religious cults. Or was it merely the journalist that took this, ahem, leap of faith?

Posted by Charles Austin at June 16, 2005 10:58 AM