Friday, January 8, 2010

Uganda: witch doctors and child sacrifice

Chilling article at the BBC.

I found it courtesy of  FFOF. Here's Kathy's excerpt from the BBC article:
One witch-doctor led us to his secret shrine and said he had clients who regularly captured children and brought their blood and body parts to be consumed by spirits.

Meanwhile, a former witch-doctor who now campaigns to end child sacrifice confessed for the first time to having murdered about 70 people, including his own son.

The Ugandan government told us that human sacrifice is on the increase, and according to the head of the country's Anti-Human Sacrifice Taskforce the crime is directly linked to rising levels of development and prosperity, and an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly.
It's horrifying, backward and savage indeed. We do, however, have our own version of child sacrifice here in North America, but it's clinical and legal (until the umbilical cord is severed), and sometimes it's socially acceptable beyond that point (as when gassing a disabled child to death). We have an Anti-Human-Sacrifice Taskforce too, in the various facets of the pro-life and human dignity movements.

The only thing that's different, totally different, is that apparently some Africans have a primitive faith in black magic: they actually believe that sacrificing a child will help them financially. Pro-abortion North Americans, on the other hand, are modern and sophisticated: they believe that abortion is acceptable reasons, or reasons of convenience ("I'm just not ready to be a mom"; "I don't wanna be tied down with a kid.") or cosmetic (don't wanna have stretch marks--yes, a swimsuit model went on record for saying that), or because the unborn child is the 'wrong' sex, or because their birth control failed, or just ...because. It's called "choice" and "unrestricted access." It's not black magic.  It's modern and sophisticated. I think.

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