Who is Sacrificing Who?

Burning people accused of being witches, this video is from Kenya and is horrific, please heed the warning of its graphic nature. New Guinea has also been the scene of deadly persecution based upon charges of witchcraft. (See links) -GMM

Burning people in Kenya

New Guinea

(excerpts from Wikipedia, see link for entire article)
The only country where witchcraft remains legally punishable by death is Saudi Arabia…

.Amongst the Bantu tribes of Southern Africa, the witch smellers were responsible for detecting witches. In parts of Southern Africa several hundred people have been killed in witch hunts since 1990.

Several African states, including Cameroon have reestablished witchcraft-accusations in courts after their independence.

It was reported on 21 May 2008 that in Kenya a mob had burnt to death at least 11 people accused of witchcraft.

In March 2009 Amnesty International reported that up to 1,000 people in the Gambia had been abducted by government-sponsored “witch doctors” on charges of witchcraft, and taken to detention centers where they were forced to drink poisonous concoctions.

On 21 May 2009, The New York Times reported that the alleged witch-hunting campaign had been sparked by the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh.

In Sierra Leone, the witch-hunt is an occasion for a sermon by the kɛmamɔi (native Mende witch-finder) on social ethics : “Witchcraft … takes hold in people’s lives when people are less than fully open-hearted. All wickedness is ultimately because people hate each other or are jealous or suspicious or afraid. These emotions and motivations cause people to act antisocially”. The response by the populace to the kɛmamɔi is that “they valued his work and would learn the lessons he came to teach them, about social responsibility and cooperation.”

In India, labeling a woman as a witch is a common ploy to grab land, settle scores or even to punish her for turning down sexual advances. In a majority of the cases, it is difficult for the accused woman to reach out for help and she is forced to either abandon her home and family or driven to commit suicide. Most cases are not documented because it’s difficult for poor and illiterate women to travel from isolated regions to file police reports. Less than 2 percent of those accused of witch-hunting are actually convicted, according to a study by the Free Legal Aid Committee, a group that works with victims in the state of Jharkhand.

A 2010 estimate places the number of women killed as witches in India at between 150 and 200 per year, or a total of 2,500 in the period of 1995 to 2009. The lynchings are particularly common in the poor northern states of Jharkhand, Bihar and the central state of Chattisgarh.

Papua New Guinea
Though the practice of “white” magic (such as faith healing) is legal in Papua, the 1976 Sorcery Act imposes a penalty of up to 2 years in prison for the practise of “black” magic. In 2009, the government reports that extrajudicial torture and murder of alleged witches – usually lone women – are spreading from the Highland areas to cities as villagers migrate to urban areas.

Saudi Arabia
Witchcraft or sorcery remains a criminal offense in Saudi Arabia, although the precise nature of the crime is undefined.
The frequency of prosecutions for this in the country as whole is unknown. However, in November 2009, it was reported that 118 persons had been arrested in the province of Makkah that year for practising magic and “using the Book of Allah in a derogatory manner”, 74% of them being female. According to Human Rights Watch in 2009, prosecutions for witchcraft and sorcery are proliferating and “Saudi courts are sanctioning a literal witch hunt by the religious police.”
In 2006, an illiterate Saudi woman, Fawza Falih, was convicted of practising witchcraft, including casting an impotence spell, and sentenced to death by beheading, after allegedly being beaten and forced to fingerprint a false confession that had not been read to her. After an appeal court had cast doubt on the validity of the death sentence because the confession had been retracted, the lower court reaffirmed the same sentence on a different basis.

In 2007, Mustafa Ibrahim, an Egyptian national, was executed, having been convicted of using sorcery in an attempt to separate a married couple, as well as of adultery and of desecrating the Quran.

Also in 2007, Abdul Hamid Bin Hussain Bin Moustafa al-Fakki, a Sudanese national, was sentenced to death after being convicted of producing a spell that would lead to the reconciliation of a divorced couple.

In 2009, Ali Sibat, a Lebanese television presenter who had been arrested whilst on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death for witchcraft arising out of his fortune-telling on an Arab satellite channel. His appeal was accepted by one court, but a second in Medina upheld his death sentence again in March 2010, stating that he deserved it as he had publicly practised sorcery in front of millions of viewers for several years. In November 2010, the Supreme Court refused to ratify the death sentence, stating that there was insufficient evidence that his actions had harmed others.

On 12 December 2011 Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was beheaded in Al Jawf Province after being convicted of practicing witchcraft and sorcery. Another very similar situation occurred to Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri and he was beheaded on 19 June 2012 in the Najran Province.

Oh WAKE UP Canada

Facebook’s Community Standards

Now I comment negatively about Facebook from time to time on Facebook itself and on my blogs. So here’s why – the community standards on Facebook are fucking appalling.

I am not talking about the list of rules that they have and do nothing in their programming to enforce, like using obbious keywords to prevent the create of many hate pages so that they don’t gain a following or force people to have to police what’s supposed to be social media.

How users leverage a platform is the responsibility of the provider to create a safe and legitimate use of the resources. And given that anything on the interest is going to cross many cultural boundaries, then it’s the responsibility of everyone to be on company behaviour, because you are representing your nation to the world.

We are each amabassadors for our nation, for our group characteristics that we share demographically and I have to say that the way people who belong to one group, really can taint how people view you compared to their experience of your group.

Because you know what I have been the most shocked by on Facebook?

it’s meeting people who are nice Christians. because most of you are so delusiional about what it means to be christian, what it’s like to have to live with christians – seriously, I used to be appalled at the Romans for the whole gladiator to the lions thing, but I totally sympathize with them because you people are collectively really intolernant buzz kills that suck all the love and enjoyment of life out of the room. you should learn to love your fellow people and less about your god, and maybe you’ll all relax and learn to like and love yourselfs and stop demanding such a high level of compliance to a behavioural code that most of you are constantly failing the every standard that you set.

so stop wondering why there’s fewer and fewer people being nice to you guys and your religion.

and that resistance to you spreading the word isn’t hate or resistance to you as a person, but a rejection of what you are selling, your religion is a poor competitor in the marketplace of ideas.

the world is more literate and people are better educated and exposed to a much larger and grander world than you religion contemplates or allows you to experience and more is the pitty to you, who limit your exposure and experience of the earth and all it’s cultures

you impoverish yourselves by not learning and by choosing willful ignorance and think that’s not arrogant because you play so small, you really have no basis for comparison.

that makes me sad for you, but your wounds are self inflicted and you are not entitled to act out against that kind of wound in anger and intolerance of others on a different path, on a different level of socialization and engagement with the world than you allow yourself.

so. if you want to sell your religion, then set a better example of the kind of person your religion creates.

theist v atheist

Theist: posting name: “against lies”
Why do so many people believe in God if there isn’t one?

Atheist Nina: because people who get to be powerful enough to run the religion ensure that not being in the religion means death or social exile. this is why any group that a religion doesn’t like is characterized by immoral, criminal, stupid and willfull children
people are heard animals, so we follow the leader for the most part

Theist: “against lies”
  I would rather believe as not to believe.

Atheist Nina: so, you’re putting at the center of your life a collection of stories that bear no resemblance to reality instead of putting that effort into giving yourself value and meaning in your cultural context?

Theist: “against lies”
I agree that there is a lot of unanswered questions, but there has to be a higher power.

Atheist Nina: we don’t know the answer, so it’s left blank
we do not need to insert evil skydaddies who cause so much pain and suffering by their retarding scientific and social progress as well as messing people up with sex and other things
the cost of believing is too high to be decided on a shallow comfort level and personal preference

Theist: “against lies”
To call that power God is acceptable.

Atheist Nina: the answer is blank, not upper power for the sake of conversation, we’ll call god. the answer is blank because we don’t know how to fill it.

Theist: “against lies”
I would become depressed if I had to believe
in no God.

Atheist Nina: believing in a god and believing in no god is the same amount of effort.
just have no belief in gods
take control and responsibility for your own life, how you are, what you do and what kind of person you are.
if you don’t think you can do that without an invisible friend watching out over you
dude, when you learn to swim, at some point the water wings have to come off.
take a day and try to pretend that there’s no god
the world didn’t change, the sky didn’t fall
keep trying it

so, in the upcoming war between Believers vs Non-Believers – since Believers will win on numbers alone, do you think they’ll give a token remembrance to us geeky atheists and refer to the new age of faith as Dark Ages 2.0


I saw this posted on facebook and naturally
could not let it pass without comments…..


Faith is not a virtue

willful ignorance is not a virtue

superstition is not a virtue

failing to take responsibility is not a virtue

obey a list of rules – when they suit you and repented after when they don’t

is NOT UNDERSTANDING right from wrong

in fact, being able to understand right from wrong is what got the leading characters from the bible kicked out in the first place

so – if you can figure out RIGHT from WRONG on your own – you are a god

if you obey a list of rules to avoid punishment or to obtain a reward
then you worship a pretty creepy control freak god

who has no sympathy or compassion or sense of measured justice

since wearing a poly-cotton blend shirt will send you to hell forever