Aha! I think I found what you were talking about with people being burned at the stake Hairy. For the record, after what I saw in the article I listed I believe that this site is intolerant of Christianity, but for now Im going to try and assume that it is not. Source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_afri.htm
"In Southern Africa, decades of violent repression and armed struggles against it have led to a 'culture of violence'. Witchcraft and witch hunts [directed against evil sorcery] are but two manifestations of that." 1
The Ministry of Safety and Security of South Africa's Northern Province created a Commission of Inquiry into Witchcraft, Violence and Ritual Killings. The Commission issued a report in 1996-MAY which showed that thousands of people had been accused of witchcraft, run out of town and lost their property. More than 300 had been killed by vigilante mobs over the previous ten years. The victims were accused of "shape-shifting" themselves from human form into bats and birds, of converting people into zombies, and of causing death by calling down lightning or through the use of toxic medicines. These beliefs are quite similar to those which circulated during the Witch burning craze of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe circa 1450 to 1792 CE. Those Witches didn't exist either. One possible source of confusion in the country is the Suppression of Witchcraft Act (1957) which does not differentiate between most forms of traditional African healing and evil sorcery (black magic). It banned both practices.
Ten farms have been set up in the Northern Province to hold hundreds of refugees who have been found guilty of witchcraft by traditionalist kangaroo courts and are in danger of being assassinated by mob action.
The Congolese Human Rights Observatory recently announced that more than 60 people had been burned or buried alive in that country since 1990 - including 40 in 1996. The victims were accused, often by members of their own family, of being witches.
On 1998-SEP-7, a conference involving about 200 police and government representatives was convened in Thohoyandou, South Africa. Its purpose was to curb Witchcraft-related deaths. Between 1994-APR and 1995-FEB, 97 women and 46 men in South Africa had been accused of being Witches or Wizards, and murdered by townspeople or rural individuals. In the first 6 months of 1998, in the Northern Province alone, 386 crimes had been perpetrated against suspected witches; these included murder, damage to property and assault. Victims accused of Witchcraft are typically women between 55 and 72 years of age. Murders are most common in the rainy season, when Witches are accused of directing lightning at people that they wish to destroy.
It will be very difficult to eradicate crimes against suspected Witches. Ill-educated people are convinced that evil Witches exist and react violently in what they consider to be self-defense.
According to African Eye News Service, The South African Gender Commission is sponsoring a road show which features former Witch-hunters committed to changing people's beliefs about Witches and evil spirits. Some of the 33 actors had been given amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after they testified that witchcraft-related violence in the former homelands was politically motivated. The Gender Commission said on 2000-JUL-19 that its road show had dramatically reduced Witchcraft-related violence.
Alright well the thought of witches being burned at the stake is indeed disturbing in todays day and age. I can not deny that the events are christian influenced by the actions taken during the Medevil and Rennisance eras, but are they done by christians? Well the odds say yes they are here is a breakdown of the religious population in Congo: Protestant (including Kimbanguism) 46.5%, Roman Catholic 41.5%, Orthodox 0.1%, other Christian 6.9%, Indigenous 2.8%, Muslim 0.9%, Non-religious 0.7%, Hindu 0.1%, and other 0.5%. According to Encycolpedia Britanica the continents breakdown looks like this: 45% of the population are Muslims, 40% are Christians and less than 15% are non-religious or follow African religions.
So the odds say that Christians are probably burning "Witches" in Africa. I question whats really going on down there but I highly doubt it has anything to do with Witches. The Salem witch trials showed us the depths of mankinds willingness to manipulate the law to get rid of people in the case of rivalries or feed their greed due to land disputes but I honestly can not fathom how a Father or mother could send their own child to a gruesome and painful end like that. Once again, we see an anti-witch law and in turn death follows. It seems to me that the law is the problem, not the religion
Lets take a look at the response from the Pope though. Source: http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/condemned-pope-witchcraft-reality-africa
Many Africans, the pope said, “are living in fear of spirits, of malign and threatening powers. In their bewilderment, they end up even condemning street children and the elderly as alleged sorcerers.”
Benedict called upon Catholics to “to proclaim that Christ has triumphed over death and all those occult powers.”
A lot of people will look at that and say "See! They arent condemning burning Witches." and you know what? You would be right but you miss the finer point. The subtle message that says, be careful not to condemn the innocent in your fear. We all do stupid and sometimes terrible things when were afraid, thats human nature. Personally Im pretty disappointed in the Pope for that statement
Sparkling Angel: IN todays day and age the media has become corrupt, always spinning things to promote some view point or agenda. So knowing that, yes. Yes I am going to go over the articles. Yes I am going to speak up if I see slant. Yes I am going to point it out when I see FACTS contradicting each other. Most of all you are absolutely right that I am going to stand up against the bias
"The only thing necessary for the truimph of evil is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke
I see the systematic demonizing of a religious group as evil. So you know what, you better believe Im going to do something about it
I will read and respond to your articles later