In 2006 we warned the government of a world-wide epidemic of Child Cruelty via Christian-Induced exorcism of adopted children
and they did nothing (see below right).
Pastorï¿½s corporal punishment advice scrutinized after child deaths
By Zachary Roth | The Lookout ï¿½ Mon, Nov 7, 2011
In recent years, several children have died after enduring extreme forms of corporal punishment from parents who had absorbed the controversial child-rearing advice of Tennessee pastor Michael Pearl. Now, the New York Times reports, Pearl himself is under fire.
In their self-published book, To Train Up a Child, Pearl, 66, and his wife Debi, 60, recommend the systematic use of "the rod" to teach young children to submit to authority. They offer instructions on how to use a switch for hitting children as young as six months, and describe how to use other implements, including a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line. Older children, the Pearls say, should be hit with a belt, wooden spoon or willow switch, hard enough to sting. Michael Pearl has said the methods are based on "the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules."
There are 670,000 copies of the book in circulation, and it's especially popular among Christian home-schoolers such as Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley, Wash. In September, local prosecutors charged them with homicide by abuse after their adopted daughter Hanna, 11, was found naked and emaciated in the backyard, having died of hypothermia and malnutrition. She had been deprived of food for days at a time, and made to sleep in an unheated barn.
Hanna, originally from Ethiopia, also had been beaten with a plastic tube, as recommended by Michael Pearl. Carri Williams had praised the book--which advises that "a little fasting is good training"--and had given a copy to a friend, local authorities say.
That may also have happened in the case of Lydia Schatz, who was adopted from Liberia at the age of 4 by Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz of Paradise, Calif. She died last year, aged 7, after her parents had whipped her for hours, with pauses for prayer. [Ed: This was a form of Exorcism] The Schatzes are both serving long prison terms, after Kevin Schatz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and torture, and Elizabeth Schatz pleaded to voluntary manslaughter and unlawful corporal punishment. Like the Williamses, the Schatzes owned a copy of To Train Up a Child, and the local district attorney criticized it as a dangerous influence.
There was also Sean Paddock, of Johnson County, N.C., who died from suffocation in 2006, age 4, after he'd been bound tightly in a blanket. His mother Lynn Paddock, who said she had come across the Pearls' website, was charged with first-degree murder. Sean's siblings testified that they were beaten each day with a plumbing tube that the Pearls recommend.
The Pearls, along with many conservative Christians, say the Bible calls for corporal punishment. "To give up the use of the rod is to give up our views of human nature, God, eternity," they write in the book. Source:
Proverbs 13:24 "He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly."
Proverbs 19:18 "Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction."
Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him."
Proverbs 23:13 "Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die."
Proverbs 23:14 "You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell."
Proverbs 29:15 "The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother."
Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Ecclesiasticus 30:8 An horse not broken becometh headstrong: and a child left to himself will be wilful.
Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
A man was jailed for eight years at Coventry Crown Court today for torturing his 10-year-old daughter An evangelist church leader who tortured his 10-year-old daughter and kept her prisoner for four days with no food because he was convinced she was a witch was jailed for eight-and-a-half years today. The twisted 39-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, dripped boiling hot plastic over his terrified daughter's feet and beat her senseless after she became 'possessed by evil spirits'. The girl was held prisoner and force-fed olive oil and milk for four days after the man became convinced she had powers to make people fall asleep, Coventry Crown Court heard. The Congolese-born man admitted child cruelty and was jailed for eight-and-a-half years. Source:
A DEVOUT parent who preached against the devil slit his sons' mouths with a scalpel blade and put safety pins through their tongues and lips as part of a catalogue of abuse, a court heard. The Nigerian, who moved to Bradford with his family, would also put clothes pegs on their lips and tongues, the jury at Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday. The jury was told how the safety pins were left in one of the children for several days and the father is alleged to have pressed the tongue of one of his sons with sharp pliers until it bled and swelled. The court also heard a transcript of a camcorder recording in which the father is heard preaching and making references to the mouth. In the extract read out in court, he said: "Heal them. Heal them. Change them. The layers of their tongue. The layers of their mouth." Later in the recording, he said: "Remove the devil that has been pulling them together. Remove the devil that has made them not to listen." Miss Wigin said the boy had told a member of staff that his father beat him five or six times a week. She said that on that occasion a stick had been used..... The jury was told how the 47-year-old father would tie the brothers up with cable in a dark room before putting a lemon in the boys' mouths where the skin had been cut. One boy was tied to a chair in the living room and a safety pin was put through his tongue and his bottom lip, before he was left for the night with a napkin tied around his eyes. The jury heard the 38-year-old mother offered the younger child "something nice" when he wet the bed, but when he got to her she put a pepper on his eyes. A search of the family home revealed a video, diary and a booklet entitled, Raising a Godly Child, which contained the quote: "He that spareth his rod, hurteth his son." The mother's diary also referred to the Book of James, which claimed "the tongue is a small part of the body that makes great boasts" and that it is "a restless evil".
Yesterday, I rescued for the second time an 8 year old girl, Esther Obot Moses who was branded a witch and exiled by her family in Nsit Ubium in Akwa Ibom state in Southern Nigeria. Some weeks ago, I was informed by my local contacts that Esther, who was handed over to the Ministry of Women Affairs of the Akwa Ibom state government for proper care and rehabilitation, had returned to the ï¿½lunaticï¿½, Okokon, who kidnapped her some time ago. According to Esther, weeks after she was handed over to the Ministry for Women Affairs, officials from the Ministry came and dumped her with her father in her village in Nsit Ubium. But the father later drove her out again. He asked her to go back to where she came from. Esther said she had to return to the house of Okokon. Estherï¿½s case is a clear indication of the enormity of the problem of witchcraft accusations and child rights abuses in Akwa Ibom state, particularly the poor handling by the government... Source:
A self-styled bishop who confessed to allegedly killing 110 witch children in a Channel 4 documentary last year, is to again face court on murder charges next month. Sunday Okon Williams and four others will face a court on June 8, ThisDay newspaper reported. They are facing torture and murder charges over claims they made in the Channel 4 documentary, Saving Africa's Witch Children, which was broadcast on November 12, 2008. In the documentary, Williams claimed he had the power to exorcise witchcraft spirits from children. He also claimed he allegedly killed 110 children ... while trying to exorcise witchcraft from them. The other accused persons include Pastor Samuel Excellence, Udeme Okon William, Ezekiel Bassey Oforkudok and Akpe Alfred Akpe. Source:
By Paul Thompson : 29 May 2011
Latisha Lawson, 31, forced her two-year-old son Jezaih to drink a vile mixture of olive oil and vinegar as part of a ritual to drive the devil from his body. As he choked on the liquid she held her hand over his mouth to stop him vomiting and crushed his neck. Jurors heard Lawson had wanted to drive a demon named as "Marzon" from her son's body. She had become convinced that her son was possessed and blamed herself because she did not profess her love for God while she was pregnant. Source:
By Daily Mail Reporter : 5th January 2012
A teenager accused of witchcraft was tortured to death by his sister and her partner in 'a tale of horror' on Christmas Day, the Old Bailey heard. Eric Bikubi, 27, and Magalie Bamu, 28, attacked Kristy Bamu, 15, and his two sisters with pliers, knives and a hammer after accusing them of being 'sorcerers', it is claimed. Kristy was in such pain after days of being attacked with sticks, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die, jurors heard. The teenage boy had suffered 101 injuries - his face and head were covered in cuts and some of his teeth were missing when he was found in the blood-soaked flat. Source:
Helen Ukpabio, one of the leading figures in the persecution of alleged "witches" in West Africa, is to preach in the United States in March. Last year in New Humanist, Richard Wilson reported on the fight against African witch-hunts, which are often aimed at children, and he spoke to Igwe about the activities of Ukpabio's Liberty Gospel Church, which have included legal and physical intimidation of those campaigning against witch-hunts. Now, Igwe is urging humanists to take note of Ukpabio's attempt to extend her ministry to the US, where she is scheduled to hold a 12-day "Marathon Deliverance" in Houston, Texas from 14-25 March. Helen Ukpabio is a Christian fundamentalist and a Biblical literalist. She uses her sermons, teachings and prophetic declarations to incite hatred, intolerance and persecution of alleged witches and wizards. Ukpabio organises deliverance sessions where she identifies and exorcises people mainly children of witchcraft. Headquartered in Calabar in Southern Nigeria, the Liberty Gospel Church has grown to be a witch hunting church with branches in Nigeria and overseas. [Ed: Ukpabio is untouchable in Nigeria because many leading Nigerian politicians are members of her church and believe the wicked evil she promulgates]
The activities of Helen Ukpabio, including her publications, films (like the End of the Wicked) and sermons, are among the factors that have fuelled witchcraft accusations against children in the region. This was captured in a documentary, *Saving Africa's Witch Children* which was broadcast in 2008 on Channel 4 in the UK. Thanks to the activities of a UK based charity, Stepping Stones Nigeria, and its local partners, the problem of witchcraft accusations against children and the ignominous roles of Ukpabio and her Liberty Gospel church were brought to the attention of the world. Since the broadcast of the documentary, Ukpabio and her thugs at the Liberty Gospel church have been campaigning to undermine Stepping Stones Nigeria and its efforts to tackle and address the problem of child witch hunting in Nigeria. Source:
Children as young as two are being burned, poisoned and buried alive in Nigeria for being witches, it has been claimed. Hundreds of youngsters are being subjected to horrific violence or chained up for weeks after being accused of witchcraft, according to a report by a children's rights charity. In one case, an 11-year-old boy was killed after acid was poured over him; in another, a girl who had a nail driven into her head was left permanently disabled. Last September a man tried to bury six-year-old twin boys he held responsible for the death of his wife. Lancaster-based charity Stepping Stones Nigeria has compiled reports of more than 250 cases of violence against children accused of witchcraft... Although belief in witchcraft is well established in Nigeria and other African countries, until the late Nineties it was largely women and the elderly who were accused. Source:
The Guardian newspaper; proudly politically correct with everything except non-Christian faiths. No need to find out the truth about how black kids are being tortured and killed by christians, let's tell them the Witches did it.
If you want to see a prime example of how the British Media, in particular 'quality' British newspapers, continually breathe life into the ridiculous idea of Satanic Ritual Abuse and systematically air vicious prejudices about paganism and witchcraft to protect their own Imperialist world-view you need look no further than the Guardian's January 18th article by Louise Hunt, headlined Why is Child Abuse Tied to Witchcraft on The Rise?
The answer dear ignorant Louise is that IT'S NOT! Witchcraft has nothing to do with it. It's Christians who are abusing the kids not witches!
The truth of this matter is clearly set out for everyone to see in SAFF official bulletins and webpages yet the editor of the Guardian ignores SAFF input over a twenty year period whilst allowing Louise Hunt to pursue her own agenda instead of reporting fairly on all sides. Rusbridger has allowed numerous articles defaming witchcraft and paganism over the last two decades yet has not once condescended to publish any article with opposing views. Thus the truth is hidden by a hypocrite press who clamour against restrictions on their activities whilst censoring valid points of view which would reveal their own cronyism - such as the myth of Satanic Ritual Child Abuse.
If you type the words 'stobart report witchcraft linked to child abuse' into Google you get the SAFF page on it ranked second on the first page out of 6,000 links. It would be almost impossible for Louise Hunt not to see this page and our other groundbreaking work on the scandal of 'witch-children' when doing her research unless she relied solely on information from the Satan Hunter clique who are so well enmeshed within the child scare industry that they can rely on the media to parrot their lies and misconclusions without bothering to air conflicting views.
The Guardian's latest offering is again hallmarked by the self-righteously stupid. As long as one adopts the mantle of protecting children whimpering hacks can write any old rubbish. It is more a rallying cry for self-righteous do-gooders than an attempt to protect kids at risk. The message is not about the real dangers, it is to justify the increasing mammoth expenditure on inneffective child care services and console socialists that their principles remain intact.
When the social services who are there to protect kids from abuse allow dysfunctional parents to torture kids over protracted periods it's never their fault; there's always some 'witch' to take the blame.
When they fail to do their job and a kid dies, there's always some 'satanist' somewhere to accuse of outwitting their safeguarding system.
When child protection repeatedly fails children at risk the child scare industry can always come up with a bigger threat to persuade the public to keep on worrying and keep on wasting resources on wild-goose chases such as Satanic Ritual Child Abuse or it's latest sub-species, Witch-Children. It's all about unstated supernatural forces you see. Social science has the answer, but can't do its job because it is prevented from doing so by anachronisms - the devil! Yes, Yes! There are hidden dangers out there beyond your comprehension - pour good money after bad into our coffers and you can sleep soundly in your beds!
True To Form Within Days of The Guardian Article The Satan Hunters Began Creeping Out of The Woodwork Again
Can you believe that these people would try to get away with these fabrications again, after so many people suffered during the first Satanic Ritual Child Abuse scare? Yes folks, it's the same gang as before.
Note well how Satan Hunters work-up the misuse of the word 'Witchcraft' in the Guardian's article, into 'evidence of the numbers of black children subjected to violence linked to witchcraft' when there has been no such thing! Note also how, when the only 'rituals' which have occurred are actually Christian exorcism ceremonies the Satan Hunters immediately exaggerate this to 'abusive aspects of Ju-Ju, Santeria, Witchcraft...' when there is no evidence of any such thing happening.
Note also that these self-styled 'specialists', (headed by Guardian SRA 'regular' Valerie Sinason) without any professional embarassment, grossly misrepresent the Kidwelly case (which was a case of under age sex concerning one individual ) into 'evidence' of multiple satanic abuse on white kids which they infer is a parallel with what is happening to Black kids and then, once they have breached the bounds of academic scholarship completely, they include the Thames Torso case as a case of 'ritual abuse' when there is insufficient evidence to incontrovertibly say what happened to 'Adam' or why.
In fact the nearest these people get to reality is their quote about 'bizarre delusions' - and theirs is it!
The Guardian's monolithic approach perpetuates lies which have already killed hundreds of thousands of children world-wide. Their disinformation will continue to cause unnecessary suffering, torture and even death to children who are abused by CHRISTIAN exorcists. Guardian staff may think that they are in for a media award or two but they should reflect that the price of their indulgence may have to be paid by some helpless child in the hands of a Christian Pastor to whom people like them turn a blind eye.
Right in the middle of the Leveson Inquiry into the excesses of the British Media The Sun newspaper has the gall to lie about the Kristy Bamu murder purely for sensationalist purposes. Not content with the incorrect use of the term 'witchcraft' which was siezed upon by hundreds of British media in relation to this case, the Sun feels free to up the sensationalism and tell it's readers that it was a Voodoo murder, with all the racist implications that incurs. No greater example of the complete lack of professionalism and conscious misportrayal of the truth by the British Media could be evinced.
This case is beginning to feel like a re-run of the Dead Parrot Sketch from Monty Python.
In case the facts revealed on this webpage haven't yet made it abundantly clear the Kristy Bamu case was NOT a case of witchcraft or voodoo.
None of the murderers or participants were involved in voodoo, santeria, kindoki, Muti, Celtic Witchcraft, Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Black Magic, Satanism OR ANY OTHER FORM OF WITCHCRAFT known to humankind.
THIS IS A DEAD PARROT!
And just like in the Python sketch where the pet shop owner refuses to face up to the fact that the parrot he has sold his customer is absolutely stone dead, the media keep on insisting that the Kristy Bamu murder had something to do with Witchcraft when it didn't.
Why then, has this become known as the 'Witchcraft Murder'? Because Eileen Stobart fudged the terminology about
the Christian Exorcism abuse which is behind hundreds of deaths of black children and invented the term
'cases linked to ACCUSATIONS of witchcraft and possession'
instead, which the Great and the Good preferred to avoid the controversies attached to the REAL issue, which is that little children are being tortured and murdered in Christian exorcism ceremonies by CHRISTIANS and it has nothing whatsoever to do with witches, satanists, voodooists or pagans.
Does that ring a bell? Yes, it's a re-run of the Satanic Ritual Child Abuse myth of the 1990s. The lies the British press injected into your subconscious then about witches horrifically abusing kids have just popped out again. It is because of the authorities' constant misuse of the term 'witchcraft' in these exorcism cases that the truth is being buried under prejudice and as in 1990 it won't stop until the mistakes and victims mount to obvious proportions which even the thickest amongst you will begin to question. Events in the real world are horrible enough, why would you choose to live in a falsified world of the media's making?
Lawrence was murdered in 1993 and the campaign for justice was organised by The Great and the Good in British society who rightly gathered around to fight a prime example of racism. The Scandal of Child Exorcism Killings was first highlighted by the SAFF in the late 1990s and following the awful death of Victoria Climbe; but according to official figures in 2011 'hundreds' of children were being tortured in West African christian communities in the U.K. and 38 cases of horrific torture, some leading to death, had been officially recorded. (source:)
Just as the SAFF was the first to highlight and publicise the hidden abuse of Children by priests and vicars in the Christian Church which was originally disbelieved but eventually proved terrifyingly correct (see here), we also maintain that Christian Child Exorcism abuse is chronically under-reported and that THOUSANDS of black children are being physically abused, maimed and sometimes killed in the U.K. directly because of the Christian Beliefs of their parents.
Despite powerful documentaries exposing the plight of hundreds of thousands of children (Click on the photograph alongside to see Dan Harris's sickening documentary In The Name of Jesus for ABC's Nightline which makes the subject horrifically clear; and I challenge you not to weep buckets whilst watching this video) U.K. child protection acted as though Child Exorcism Abuse was an aberration and would somehow disappear but under the sheer weight of cases the government was at last forced into investigating further. The result, the Stobart Report, was terminally flawed because its author Eleanor Stobart listened to Black Christians and orthodox religious lobbies whose main priority was to exonerate their own churches and blame it on 'the witches'.
When we read it we were astonished to find that Stobart had completely sidestepped the REAL problem at the root of this scandal and instead ran with the garbage that the Christian lobby had indoctrinated her with. It wasn't Christian teaching on exorcism which was causing the problem, oh no, it was the hi-jacking and corruption of Christian beliefs by West-African con-men who pretended to be Christians as part of a money making scam; - coupled with the superstitious ignorance of uneducated African rustics whose unsophisticated minds were controlled by the scammers. How convenient! How dreadfully wrong!
All that was necessary concluded Stobart, was that police forces and social services departments were alerted to the possibility and trained to identify it. The police canvassed independent Christian churches in London and other centres with a high West African population, reminding pastors and organisers that British law saw any such exorcisms as a form of child abuse.
To ensure that they escape punishment they need not actually exorcise the children themselves, they need only diagnose possession with a nod and a wink and leave the torture to the child's parents or guardians.
Kindoki (endoki, ndoki) is the indigenous tribal belief of the Congolese.
"As monotheists, the Congolese believe in one God, Nazambi who is the creator god of all things in the universe and the ultimate Protector of the living and the Judge of our conduct after death and the Decider of our fate thereafter. At the same time. they believe in supernatural forces beyond our human comprehension and capabilities and in a metaphysical explanation of life and the world around them, all of which they summarized in the word kindoki.."Thus the Christian pastors were targetting their main competitor for the souls of the Congolese. We pointed out that the idea of 'Witch-Children' was not seen in Africa in traditional tribal religions before missionaries from outside Africa injected the idea into the minds of locals. The black Christians who digustingly tortured these children in the most painful and terrible ways did so not because they believed in witchcraft, but because they believed in the fundamentalist form of Christianity which causes so much evil in the world.
Source: D.R. Congo: The Darkness of the Heart: Loso Kiteti Boya: Xlibris Corporation, 2010 - History - Chapter 3: Religion:
And it was not only the SAFF which pointed this out. One of the major references for the Stobart Report was the Save The Children Fund's raporteur on the subject, Javier Aguilar Molina. His work was read and supposedly taken into account by Eleanor Stobart yet he is as clear as the SAFF about who is to blame, and it is not a belief in witchcraft which is the root cause, it is Christian fundamentalists. As early as 2003 (three years before Stobart published) Molina was clearly trying to tell everyone the truth...
For desperate families, children are easy scapegoats, especially given the rise of fundamentalist Christian churches and their fiery preachers who blame witches and Satan for misfortune, observers say.
"The main reasons for this is the proliferation of (revivalist) pastors and the vulnerability of children not living with their nuclear family," said Javier Aguilar Molina, a social protection coordinator for Save the Children in Kinshasa. Source
But the Stobart report, and subsequent commentators from the child-scare industry confused the original animistic Kindoki tradition in the Congo with the European image of Witchcraft as projected by the Church. Stobart's report used the words interchangeably in ways which allowed Christians off the hook and enabled them to infer that 'witchcraft' was the cause.
As Loso K Boya writes in his seminal book about the history of The Congo, The Darkness of the Heart;
Kindoki has sustained more than five hundred years of relentless assaults by Christianity and other imported faiths and is still going strong, Its survival is a testimony to its strength and deep roots in the Congolese psyche and society. This is because Kindoki is a metaphysical explanation and philosophy of life for the Congolese.. two religions could not have survived within the same believers. Either, Christianity and the other imported religions would have wiped out kindoki completely or kindoki would have prevented Christianity and the other imported faiths from taking hold in the Congo. The fact that both the Kindoki and the imported religions are coexisting and more or less doing well in the Congo means that they are addressing different psychological arid spiritual needs in the same people ..... Source: D.R. Congo: The Darkness of the Heart: Loso Kiteti Boya: Xlibris Corporation, 2010 - History - Chapter 3: Religion:Boya has it wrong of course. Christianity never co-exists with any other religion unless it is politically expedient. The reason why Kindoki is coming under fire now is precisely because it HAS 'prevented Christianity and the other imported faiths from taking hold in the Congo'
We say to decent Christians: Your church leaders have known about this problem for a decade and have done little or nothing to solve it. They have ignored Christian Child Exorcism Abuse in inverse ratio to the amount of time they have spent lambasting, criticising and accusing pagans and satanists about a similar problem they claimed existed there but which didn't. If your leaders cannot sort this problem out on your behalf then it is YOU who need to take action and if you do not then you ARE as responsible for allowing the African Pastors and Christians to abuse children in this way. We are challenging YOU. YOU must challenge your vicars, priests and lay-preachers.
In October 2004 a delegation sponsored by the British christian charity, Jubilee Action, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One of the key members of this delegation included David Alton. Jubilee Action, a Christian outreach charity describes itself thus:
Jubilee is involved in advocacy on human rights and the promotion of dialogue and conflict resolution in many parts of the world. Jubilee Action also supports projects aimed specifically at alleviating the plight of street children, many of whom are often left orphaned, destitute or homeless as a consequence of conflict.If any Christian group was going to know about 'witch-children' in Africa Jubilee would be the one, yet in the lengthy official report of their fact-finding mission about possible harm to children in the Congo there were many, many recommendations but there was, astonishingly, only ONE reference to 'witch-children' and this is it:
5.15 In addition, we took evidence on the phenomenon of 'witch children' cited in the All Party Parliamentary groupï¿½s report. Although witchcraft has always been practiced in the Congo, and deep superstitions remain ingrained in their lore, over the past decade a new and disturbing trend has emerged. In a climate of deep poverty families who cannot cope with the up-bringing of their children, or who have a child with behavioural problems or disabilities, declare the children to be witches or involved in sorcery. This is used as a pretext for abandoning their children to the streets.
By glaring omission it completely exonerated Christianity from any blame and misled readers by focussing on poverty and the inability of parents to cope with disabled children as the prime cause of the 'witch-children' of the Congo. In case Jubilee doesn't know, 98% of Africans have historically lived in poverty but they didn't begin outcasting and torturing their offspring until after the Christian Missionaries arrived!
The accusation that black West African people are immoral and inferior parents who are ready to discard their children during an economic downturn like so much excess baggage is a classic racist slur from white colonialists. This completely false perspective has now become 'accepted wisdom' within the religious and social work cliques who occupy The Great and The Good. Witness the Guardian's latest revolting reporting on the Witch-child issue where Jubilee's weasel words are enshrined as 'common knowledge' when reporter Louise Hunt fails her professional standards and reports that:
...experts believe that its growth is a reaction to personal or family misfortune brought about by the economic downturn.
(See column left below)
No clearer example could be posited of the way in which West African Christian Child Abuse has been swept under the carpet by Christians themselves. This state of denial is why poor children like 9 year old Nwanaokwo Edet (see photo right) have had to die in agony.
Even today, in Britain, many influential religious leaders are of the same opinion as church leaders in West Africa. The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has become something of a leader of the activist Christian right. He apparently believes in the need for the exorcism of children (see here) and if media reporting is anything to go by also seems more occupied with conflicts between Christianity and the gay community than from child abusers in Baptist and Pentecostal churches. We challenge John Sentamu to make his position clear on this issue and what the official Anglican response to the brutal exorcism of children is. We challenge him to take the matter seriously and act as an example to the rest.
The people who rule in West Africa have no incentive to adjust their world-view from that given to them by Christian missionaries for hundreds of years past. The Churches set up the hospitals and the schools. To get on and succeed you MUST be a Christian. Those doing well in the cities are all Christians. Indeed it is clear that the ONLY escape from a life of starvation and living on the streets is for kids who have been outcast by Christianity and ostracised by their families to join up with Islamic factions and become Child Soldiers ready for another generation of war and killing. So does the evil continually manifest whilst pious Christian politicians and leaders in the West, wring their hands and cry crocodile tears over small children being taught hate by some members of a religion which is supposed to love them.
Gary Foxcroft of British-based charity Stepping Stones- Nigeria said children living homeless on the streets in many countries had been driven out by families or communities because they were suspected of being witches. But increasingly children suspected of witchcraft -- usually on the basis of vague accusations -- were being killed because their parents feared they would have to take them back if the authorities identified them. U.N. officials tracking the problem said deaths ran into at least tens of thousands, and beatings, deprivation of property and banishment and isolation from community life meant victims of "witch frenzy" ran into millions.
As usual our expertise and warnings on this issue were ignored and, subsequently more children died in terrible circumstances. SAFF files are full of instances, worldwide, of Christian fanatics torturing and killing their offspring because they believe in the mediaeval Christian concept that their kids have become possessed by the Devil. Since January 2002 the SAFF has vehemently campaigned against the repopularisation of Exorcism which historically and inevitably accompanies an increase in Christian fundamentalist missionary activity. (see here).
We pointed out that the crescendo of end-time fears whipped up by fundamentalist agitators world-wide at the approach of year 2000 was responsible for the invention of the Satanic Ritual Child Abuse Myth of the 1990s and its associated sub-texts. A modification of the SRA myth was imported into West Africa by fundamentalist activists in the various Christian churches. Exorcism is not confined to Christian groups (it has its counterpart in moslem society) but that by far the worst effects occur in Christian churches worldwide where it is used as a universal panacea.
Of Course this has massive implications for Christianity and other sects which rely on exorcism to keep their converts in line. It is a challenge to the fundamentals of their faith. So much so that they will not even broach a discussion about this 'Elephant in the Room'. Indeed when the Stobart report was published in 2006 The Evangelical Alliance which is probably more responsible than any other faction for perpetuating the idea of possession in modern times gave this duplicitous response.
The Evangelical Alliance, Churches Together in England and the Churchesï¿½ Child Protection Advisory Services...promptly issued a joint response, which condemned the abuse or encouraging the abuse of children, in particular, any church that brands children as witches or demon-possessed. source:Note well that the Evangelical Alliance only condemns the branding of CHILDREN as being demon-possessed. Their member churches believe wholeheartedly in the phenomenon of possession and regularly exorcise adults in their churches. Experience shows that it is not possible to teach adults that the devil can infest other adults and not have that leach over into the idea that wayward and misbehaving children are also possessed by the devil.
As we have pointed out above, it is the fundamental claim by ALL evangelical Christians that the devil exists and can possess the body and mind of children and adults. This was an absolute lynch-pin of the ecclesiastical courts which often accepted mitigation from children giving evidence in witch-trials about them having been possessed by the devil and undergoing supernatural experiences. In many instances the children were tortured and also burned to death. What we have here is history repeating itself.
DICKENS: " Well what I'm seeking to do is to put a new clause in the Criminal Justice Act, or Bill as it is at the moment, to stop children participating, being present, or joining any ceremonies concerning Satanism, Devil Worship, or Witchcraft." Source: FREE FOR ALL Documentary 'WITCH HUNT' CHANNEL 4 20th February 1991: 9.45 PMOf course there was absolutely NO evidence of any child having been abused or harmed during Pagan ceremonies, just lies from the Christians who were campaigning against it. In contrast there is absolutely incontrovertible evidence that West African Christians are torturing and killing children. In turn we now demand that laws are brought in to protect children in the same way, vice-versa, save that unlike Dickens we are not vindictive sectarians. We do not want to ban children from ALL Christian ceremonies because their parents have a right to teach them about their own beliefs. We just want children kept out of the harmful ones; those involving exorcism.
the powerful evidence that the NSPCC held which made them think that
children were being tortured and killed in Satanic ceremonies? Not
much. It was all based on a flimsy questionnaire sent to their local
NSPCC branches! They started this world-wide panic based on suspicions
of 20 (twenty) cases. That's all they had - and every one of those
suspected casese turned out to be false in the course of time. In
contradistinction there has been literally HUNDREDS of officially
recognised cases of Christian Child Exorcism Abuse in the U.K where
children have been tortured and killed in the name of Jesus. There have
been dozens of inescapable prosecutions for Child Exorcism Abuse in the
decade, yet this hypocritical organisation which spends millions of
pounds worth of donors money on wasteful advertising portraying
themselves as the first port of call for saving EVERY child from harm
(Not One More Child! - remember that slogan), has refused to even
properly recognise the endemic abuse of children in Christian Exorcism
Ceremonies. Double Standards or what? See more here
However the Christian church has a stranglehold over the government,
institutions and charitable groups in the U.K. just as it has in the Congo and so this will of course never happen
and sadly other children will probably end up tortured to death because of it.
To see how much of a hold Christianity has over our society one only need look at the recent ignorant
remarks made by the Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited Oxford in December 2011. Cameron said:
Historians cannot and do not deny that
Britain was run successfully by people of the Celtic pagan religion for thousands of years before Christian Missionaries
came to our shores and usurped the old religion with their own. This is a matter of historical fact.
gave Britain (and the known world) a fabulous and valuable heritage which underpins almost everything we do today. Our
major festivals now considered Christian were all originally pagan, our laws, our manufacturies, boatbuilding,
crafts, jewellery and art, our language,
why even the names of the days of the week are remnants from our vivid and beautiful pagan ancestry.
To infer, as the ignoramus Cameron has, that the people of the British Isles were uncivilised and immoral before
Christianity educated us in their ways and gave us the Ten Commandments, is PRECISELY the same colonial imperialist
arrogance which hallmarks the missionising of Africa and the attack on traditional beliefs there, including Kindoki.
Michelle Pecoult, from Perth-based non-denominational Christian ministry Set Right, said it did four or five
exorcisms a day and had treated a two-year-old.
"(The demon) was told to leave and in 20 minutes left. The child didn't know (it had happened)," she said.
Dr Choong-Siew Yong, who represents psychiatry on the Australian Medical Association's federal council, said he was
concerned about untrained practitioners making claims that contradict science. He warned that saying someone was
possessed could reinforce their delusions and stop them getting proper care.
"Some people with psychotic illnesses do believe that they're possessed, or have strange religious ideas. When they're
assessed by a doctor there will be a diagnosis of mental illness."
Cameron Confirms Christianity's Stranglehold Over British Society
Now that there is
incontrovertible evidence of harm to hundreds if not thousands of children coming from Christian Teachings it is
little enough to ask that they are banned from involvement in exorcism ceremonies. Note that we do not demand that
exorcism of adults should be banned (even though we see it as highly dangerous) but complicit adults are not victims
in the same way that children always must be.
Britain is .. a 'Christian country. And we should not be afraid to say so'
Are we to assume that Cameron actually believes this drivel? Even C stream sixth formers know these things are lies
so why did Cameron think he could get away with saying it? The Christian vote perhaps?
... what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today.
....a return to Christian values could counter the country's "moral collapse" Source
Two Year Old Child Forced To Undergo Exorcism At The Hands of Christian Nutters
Is that what Cameron thinks the Bible can teach us?
Warning On Child 'Demons'
Exorcisms, (religious rites some think can expel devils from people), are on the rise in Australia.
The child had "started growling and snarling".
The ministry's website claims depression is a "common low-ranking demon" while schizophrenia is "another demon
we have met often and evicted".
"There is an enormous amount of research that has discredited the idea that people with psychiatric conditions such
as depression and schizophrenia are because of demonic possession," he said.
Ms Pecoult insisted: "God is greater than any medical doctor. Depression can be a symptom of a demonic power being
"Jesus dealt with lunatic spirits. They're real. You can't get rid of them by medication. You have to renew your mind."
However the Christian church has a stranglehold over the government, institutions and charitable groups in the U.K. just as it has in the Congo and so this will of course never happen and sadly other children will probably end up tortured to death because of it.
To see how much of a hold Christianity has over our society one only need look at the recent ignorant remarks made by the Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited Oxford in December 2011. Cameron said:
Historians cannot and do not deny that Britain was run successfully by people of the Celtic pagan religion for thousands of years before Christian Missionaries came to our shores and usurped the old religion with their own. This is a matter of historical fact.
Celtic civilisations gave Britain (and the known world) a fabulous and valuable heritage which underpins almost everything we do today. Our major festivals now considered Christian were all originally pagan, our laws, our manufacturies, boatbuilding, crafts, jewellery and art, our language, why even the names of the days of the week are remnants from our vivid and beautiful pagan ancestry.
To infer, as the ignoramus Cameron has, that the people of the British Isles were uncivilised and immoral before Christianity educated us in their ways and gave us the Ten Commandments, is PRECISELY the same colonial imperialist arrogance which hallmarks the missionising of Africa and the attack on traditional beliefs there, including Kindoki.
Michelle Pecoult, from Perth-based non-denominational Christian ministry Set Right, said it did four or five exorcisms a day and had treated a two-year-old.
"(The demon) was told to leave and in 20 minutes left. The child didn't know (it had happened)," she said.
Dr Choong-Siew Yong, who represents psychiatry on the Australian Medical Association's federal council, said he was concerned about untrained practitioners making claims that contradict science. He warned that saying someone was possessed could reinforce their delusions and stop them getting proper care.
"Some people with psychotic illnesses do believe that they're possessed, or have strange religious ideas. When they're assessed by a doctor there will be a diagnosis of mental illness."
That may be the lacklustre standard of scholarship at Eton but elsewhere we can think for ourselves. We remind Cameron that Christianity was also responsible for the Dark Ages where life stagnated for hundreds of years and it was only when someone bothered to learn Arabic that the good Christians realised that the knowledge and combined wisdom of the classical pagan civilisations, which were previously believed to have been totally lost because early illiterate Christian fanatics had destroyed their writings through sectarian jealousy, were rediscovered gathering dust in Islamic libraries throughout the middle-east.
All that we know of the golden eras of Greece and Rome came to us not through Christianity but through Islam. It was Islamic students and philosophers who had for thousands of years previously seen the value of those early pagan civilisations and copied their treatises into Arabic for posterity.
I make much of this because the reason why Cameron was playing to the Christian Vote was the celebration by the Church of England of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible which contains the vicious justifications to beat children.
The psychopathic text of the KJB was so blatently discriminatory and morally repugnant that the churches got together internationally in 1973 to rewrite the bible from scratch using modern idiom. This enabled them to present their beliefs in the New International Version (NIV) in a much less radical light which was acceptable to modern liberal Christians.
Fundamentalists (the type who usually become Pastors ) absolutely HATE the NIV because of its compromises and they ALWAYS work from the King James Bible. We remind readers that James VI ordered the publication of a new bible after an illogical sequence of events. During a storm a suitor of the King was drowned off Berwick, following witch-hunt mania the hue and cry produced the Berwick Witches, innocent women who were tortured into confessing that they were attempting to kill the king using witch-curses. The King became obsessed with devils and demons and set up witchfinder generals to tour Britain to discover them as well as having his scholars produce the King James Bible which was 'flavoured' by the same psychoses. The Bible was first published in 1611 and it's teachings have probably caused millions of deaths in witch-hunts since, including the ones in West Africa.
There are many instances of the KJB insisting on punishing children to purify them. Perhaps the best known are:
Proverbs 23:13 "Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die."
Proverbs 23:14 "You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell."There are some more biblical instructions to ponder on in the leftmost column. I wonder if David Cameron supports this type of biblical moral instruction and thinks Britain is better off with it? Apparently so for he also said:
"First, the King James Bible has bequeathed a body of language that permeates every aspect of our culture and heritage. Second, just as our language and culture is steeped in the Bible, so too is our politics.The point we are making is that despite the fact that biblical teaching on this subject is morally wrong and despite the fact that it is causing children to be tortured and killed the Good and The Great in Britain will not condemn those teachings and instead, like Cameron, act as though the Bible is an exclusive vehicle for good. Therefore it hardly matters what the local policeman says, a Christian pastor will always defer to the higher divine authority and exorcise wayward children in order to beat the devil out of them.
Watch This Space.
John Freedom, Mortlake, Lammas 2012.
A criminologist and expert in African religion, Dr Richard Hoskins, who also acts as a consultant on murder cases, has just written a new book on the phenomenon and believes church cults are freely promoting brutal exorcisms of 'possessed' children because officials fear offending cultural beliefs. [SAFF Ed: They are not Church Cults, They are bona-fide CHRISTIANS in bona-fide CHRISTIAN churches, not cults. It is the abject failure of observers to realise that it is mainstream interdenominational CHRISTIANITY which is responsible, that has caused more torture and suffering for children in their grip]
Here, Hoskins insists authorities must not allow violence to be masked as multiculturalism. [SAFF Ed: It has nothing to do with Multiculturalism, the CHRISTIAN evangelists and fundamentalists who are perpetrating these crimes are specifically antagonistic to any form of multiculturalism. They are ABSOLUTISTS, just like their leader the Archbishop of Canterbury. Talk of multiculturalism is quite frankly a smokescreen]
CARYS should be like any other teenage girl - bubbly, confident and finding her feet in the world. Instead she is bruised and battered, her hair matted from drying blood.Her eyes are fire-red and swollen from the rub of chilli peppers. She shows me the scar marks on her arms where she has been cut with a knife. Other instruments have been used in the torture - sticks, hot spoons, an iron rod. There are lacerations to her face, back, stomach and hands. She has even had chilli peppers rubbed into her private parts.
After Carys was taken to hospital two days ago, she arrived at school with a fresh wound to her head. A teacher spotted the blood running down the side of her face and called social services. A doctor examined her and found more than 25 separate wounds to the body on first inspection. Why has she suffered like this? Because she is a witch. Or at least, so her mother thinks.
ExorcismShe attends a new revivalist church in north London, where messages of possession by witchcraft and the need for deliverance are regularly proclaimed. Carys is not alone. I have a dozen investigations on my desk from police and social services.
Not all of them are African children. There are scene-of-crime photos from ritual murders involving white British where I helped decode dark symbols in the name of extremist religious beliefs. [SAFF Ed: He means CHRISTIANS but dare not speak the word]. The new cases are drawn from around Britain - interview notes, photographs, more body maps spanning from London to Birmingham, Peterborough to Glasgow.
A significant proportion involve children being accused of witchcraft. The carers of these children , whether parents, aunts or uncles are involved in abusing them in the name of extremist religious beliefs. [SAFF Ed: Hoskins means that they are CHRISTIANS but using the term 'extremist religious beliefs' enables smug Christian readers to conclude falsely that it has something to do with all that Satanic Abuse from the 1990s - and so more children are lined up to suffer because people are looking the wrong way].
I first came across kindoki, the Lingala word for witchcraft, when I went to Africa as a young man in the 1980s. I learned about kindoki first-hand from the witchdoctors, traditional healers there. For hundreds, probably thousands, of years it was the catch-all for evil; something which troubled you from outside. It was usually quickly dealt with by the witch-doctor, who would offer a sympathetic ear then prescribe herbal medicines.
Then it all changed. Fundamentalist Christian cults mixed with this ancient belief to create a deadly new cocktail. [FALSEHOOD! It had nothing to do with the ancient beliefs; the witch-hunts and exorcisms against children were entirely and utterly promoted and created by missionary pastors and Christian preachers. The Christian preachers used the fear of witchcraft to convert local people from native healing systems to a belief in Christianity. It is utterly reprehensible of Richard Hoskins, whom the SAFF have conducted critical correspondence with over the years, to try to establish the false premise that the native healing systems and shamanistic tribal beliefs were somehow responsible for this epidemic of child abuse. It is CHRISTIANITY which is the root cause of these abuses, not witchcraft] Their pastors started preaching about children being possessed by kindoki. The children were witches. And their only hope, if they weren’t to find themselves literally cast out on to the streets, would be deliverance or exorcism.
These deliverances are often very violent. They include fasting children from all food and water for days. Last year I met a girl at death’s door because the pastor had not let her drink for days despite the tropical heat.
Children are often shaken and beaten. They are sometimes even cut with razor blades. I met children sent back to Africa from Britain to undergo these exorcisms. In another case, Islington Council incredibly even sought my advice on whether a child in their care should be sent back to Kinshasa in Congo for deliverance at the taxpayers’ expense.
I have a current case where those responsible are asking for the same thing - to send the British child to Africa for deliverance. All for a fee into the pastors’ pockets, naturally. As one village elder told me in the Congo:
It is a scandal - children are being abused so that these pastors can get rich.
But this isn’t just some African problem. It’s here. Now. In the UK. And the situation is getting worse. These cults are spreading their evil message. [SAFF Ed: Here we go again - THEY ARE NOT CULTS THEY ARE CHRISTIANS. They come from long-established Western Christian denominations such as The Baptists, The Pentecostals and other mainstream missionary groups under the umbrella of the British Evangelical Alliance. The word 'Cults' juxtaposed with the word 'evil' is thoroughly misleading and irresponsible. It fools readers again into thinking that Satanists or Witches have something to do with it when they haven't ]
I gave evidence this year in the murder trial of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu at the Old Bailey. For many of us it was the worst case we had ever encountered. I saw hardened police officers reduced to tears.
In December 2010, Kristy was savagely tortured by his sister Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi. He had 131 separate injuries. They used a knife, pliers, a table leg and ceramic floor tiles, which were smashed over his head. They rammed a metal dumbbell down his throat so that his teeth were broken. Eventually Kristy was dragged to the bathroom and drowned.
Magalie Bamu and Eric Bikubi were found guilty and sentenced to life, with minimum terms of 25 and 30 years respectively. And it was all because they thought he was a witch. Kristy wasn’t the first child we know about to suffer for this here in Britain. Victoria Climbié, an eight-year-old from the Ivory Coast, died in London in February 2000 after a horrendous period of sustained torture. She had been beaten, burned with cigarettes and forced to sleep in a bin liner in an empty bath. When she was finally taken to hospital it was too late to save her life - 128 separate scars were found on her body.
In 2001 her great-aunt Marie Therese Kouao, and Marie’s boyfriend Carl Manning, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. They believed Victoria was a witch. [SAFF Ed: In overviewing these two cases Hoskins fails to mention that the family members who tortured and killed Bamu and Climbie were both confirmed Christians and church-goers]
The Laming report after Victoria’s death pointed the finger at gross failure of public agencies. There was a lack of joined-up thinking and work between agencies such as police, social services, medics and schools. The catalogue of errors indicated systemic failures that had to be eradicated. For a while we all hoped they had.
The Every Child Matters agenda, which forced multi-agency joined-up thinking, was meant to prevent anything like Victoria Climbié happening again in this country. However, a decade later, there are grave causes for concern. When Carys’s mother was arrested for abuse in the name of witchcraft, [Whoaa! Wait just a minute! What's This? 'Abuse in the Name of Witchcraft'? After omitting to mention that Bamu and Climbie's murderers were Christians Hoskins goes on to use a completely dishonourable phrase which might lead some readers to believe that witchcraft was involved in his latest case, yet the abuse of Carys, like the abuse of THOUSANDS of black children in West Africa and in Britain today is caused not by 'abuse in the name of witchcraft' but ABUSE IN THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY. The abusers may accuse their children of being a witch but THEY ARE CHRISTIANS AND THEY USE CHRISTIAN EXORCISM CEREMONIES ON THESE UNFORTUNATE CHILDREN - it really is beyond the pale for Hoskins to attempt this dishonourable slur, particularly as we have already warned him about it in our correspondence and in our review of an earlier documentary of his on this subject here: ] .... some of those responsible decided that the best person to place Carys with that night was... the pastor. He arranged for all the extended family to come and put pressure on Carys to withdraw all evidence. Had she not been so strong, this case would have fallen by the wayside.
This problem is not just about multi-agency co-operation, however. It’s about the underlying failure to tackle abuse when it is masked behind multiculturalism. [SAFF Ed: Hoskins must have defective spectacles. The abuse is not masked behind multiculturalism, it is masked behind fundamentalist Christianity!] Some women and children from diverse cultural backgrounds are suffering abuse, even death, because authorities are too afraid to intervene.
This week I received an email from a British woman with an African-Caribbean background. After reading my new book, she felt compelled to write. Her words are ringing in my ears: Evil must never be rationalised away as a ‘cultural norm’ in the pursuit of political correctness.
We celebrate diverse beliefs in this country. Yet there is growing evidence that all manner of evils are being committed in the name of cultural beliefs and practices that, quite simply, should play no part in contemporary Britain. [SAFF Ed: Hoskins' conclusion plays to the balcony and avoids the tough love necessary to save kids' lives. It isn't cultural beliefs and practices which are causing the problem, Richard, IT'S EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY and blaming it on tribal or cultural issues is a despicable use of the race card which can only cause further problems across our fractured society.]
The Boy In The River, by Richard Hoskins, is published by Pan, paperback, £7.99.
Are these cynical falsehoods consciously designed to massage the prejudices of the populace to save the child-scare industry's tarnished reputation, or are they really as out of touch as their ignorant opinions indicate?
Strident gingoism from the NSPCC, the child-care charity which 'has never knowingly undersold a statistic' and which backed the wrong horse when it became the leading child charity to promote the myth of Satanic Ritual Child Abuse in the 1990s. Flanagan tell us 'we must not be afraid to raise this issue' when the NSPCC itself is guilty of a dereliction of its duty for refusing to address the scandal of priestly child abuse in the U.K. when the SAFF brought it to it's notice - see here: The NSPCC will still not engage properly with the issue of thousands of cases of child abusing clergy yet they are not so reticent when it comes to pointing the finger of accusation at witches even when there is absolutely no evidence of their involvement in child abuse!
The Department for Education's own press release is beset with errors and religious prejudice, for instance they state unequivocally:Cases of adults inflicting physical violence or emotional harm on children they regard as witches or possessed by evil spirits are known across the world, almost wholly involving tiny minorities or sub-sects within major religions, as well as pagan faiths.This is a falsehood designed to placate Christian voters. The 'tiny minorities' of Christians who believe in exorcism are not a 'sub-sect' of Christianity as the DforE states. Helen Ukpabio, one of the leading figures in the persecution of alleged "witches" in West Africa, where she is a countrywide TV phenomenon with literally hundreds of thousands of followers also travels to preach in the United States to crusade camps of thousands and has many associated churches in the U.K. To suggest that this problem concerns a few David Koresh type cultists with a handful of supporters is absolutely incorrect and criminal in its implications for the protection of children. To infer, as the writer of this report has, that a belief in exorcism is not part of mainstream Christianity is a reprehensible misrepresentation of the truth.
The DforE then commits the cardinal sin of parroting the words most of the Christian pastors use to let themselves off the hook - that it is indigenous tribal pagan faiths or witchcraft which is at the root of the abuse. This is a sectarian lie, as our research on this page and elsewhere on our website, clearly shows, yet it resonates with believers in Satanic Ritual Abuse because extremist Christians seeded that myth in the minds of the populace in the 1990s precisely to disadvantage and suppress alternative religious belief.
It is one thing to see sectarians fighting amongst themselves but quite another to see supposedly secular child care organisations jump on the bandwagon. Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, which has had input into the DforE report is quoted as saying:
"The vast majority of people in communities where witchcraft is practised are horrified by these acts and take no part in this atrocious behaviour. So we must not be afraid to raise this issue so the offenders can be exposed.
N.S.P.C.C.'s New Boss Is Media Mogul; Has No Professional Child Care Experience
"Andrew Flanagan, was chief executive of Scotland's biggest media firm, STV (previously SMG), for 10 years until he resigned in 2006. He brings serious media pedigree. While at SMG, Flanagan oversaw the company's acquisition of Virgin Radio and DJ Chris Evans's firm, Ginger Productions, as well as adding stakes in independent radio to the SMG portfolio. He left SMG in the wake of shareholder pressure and subsequently took up the post of chair at Heritage House, a private publishing investment company. He has also worked for PA Consulting, the IT and telecoms company Nynex, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Flanagan's progress will be watched carefully in the light of questions raised in recent years about the charity's strategy. Last year, a report from New Philanthropy Capital argued there was no evidence that the NSPCC's Full Stop campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of child abuse, and which raised around £250m in donations, would make any real dent in child cruelty statistics. Its television adverts have also been criticised for allegedly stoking public fears about the risks posed to children."
Are we living in some kind of Bizarro world or are the people in government and child welfare charities who have grasped billions of pounds of taxpayers money over the years on the promise of protecting children more adept at bandwagonning scares than actually protecting kids at risk?
When reading the self-righteous sincerity of this report, about how we must all now DO something, about how we need more research into the problem and about how the government is now going to throw taxpayers' money at a multi-dsiciplinary approaches involving a multitude of charities, churches, NGOs, government departments and police forces, you may be forgiven for asking why these bleeding hearts have sat on their hands for the past ten years and now jumped into the wrong boat mid-stream?
The SAFF was the first NGO to highlight this problem in 2002 (see here ) and we have consistently been ahead of the Child Scare Industry since then. The Great and The Good have just as consistently ignored our research and our input. In the process children have been tortured and killed, not by witches but by CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS.
Do you think the government's new 'action plan' will actually solve this problem? No, of course it won't! How can they solve a problem they dare not address? Much easier to just blame it on the witches and flood the child-scare industry with more cash to spend on Satan Seminars eh? No dear reader, what we have here is a cover-up. They are desparate to hide the incidence of Christian Child Exorcism Abuse. They will use any and every opportunity to re-define, excuse and exonerate black Christian pastors* and to avoid the truth they MUST accuse some imagined conspiracy of Witches instead.
Politicians: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
Child Charities: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
Therapists: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
Police: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
Academics: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
Pastors: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
Orthodox Religions: No fear, no money, no power, no job
Journalists: No fear, no money, no power, no job.
*Note: SAFF research shows that whilst many white Christians also abuse children in exorcism ceremonies (see cases on this webpage and others on this site) the major problem which has produced the vast majority of cases in the U.K. and upon which the government's approach is pinned, lies with Black Pentecostal and Baptist based Christian churches whose literal form of collective Christian worship consistently involves the exorcism of adults and children. This webpage focuses on this problem. We do not suggest that all Black people harm their kids - exactly the reverse is true as you will see from the above, the traditional native pagan beliefs in Africa sanctify children. Almost every one of the pastor-based churches in the U.K. are offshoots of similar missionary churches in West Africa where Christian Exorcism Child Abuse is endemic . These missionary churches are set up in immigrant communites in inner-cities in Britain specifically to cater for the expectancies of Black Africans because 'orthodox' Christian churches here do not answer their unique social problems. Every U.K.case of 'witch-children' stemmed from those Black Christian churches. Those churches are predominantly if not invariably churches used by black Christians. The pastors are predominantly if not invariably Black West Africans. These terrible cases show that the pastors and parents or guardians beat and torture children 'for their own good'. They keep on doing it to drive the devil out of the child, to save the child's soul from evil. They TRULY believe they are doing good. This is the dichotomy for the government. To suggest that witches are killing black kids because they are evil is far less dangerous a conclusion than the real one which is that some well-intentioned Christians may begin a genuine religious process which sets them on a slippery slope to abusing children and which will inexorably lead to an escalating of vicious tortures and even the 'accidental' killing of children. Chasing imagined witches will not save one child but it seems the Great and The Good would rather do that than challenge a belief system that underpins one of the world's largest religions.
Ends. John Freedom, Mortlake, 14th August 2012
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