Tag: Superstition

For rent: a front-row view of the Apocalypse

Bugarach, a tiny farming village (population: 200) in the southwest of France, has been inundated with New Agers, UFO-enthousiasts, and other ‘esoterics’ who believe it is the only place on earth that will be safe from the ‘Apocalypse’ — which they expect will take place on December 21.

According to them aliens waiting inside the mountain will rescue them in their space ships.

The mayor is concerned, but locals are renting out their homes to those seeking salvation.

Churches denounce African children as “witches”

African Children (C) Robin Hammond, SteppingStonesNigeria.org An increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of “witch children” reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

Some of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

“It is an outrage what they are allowing to take place in the name of Christianity,” said Gary Foxcroft, head of nonprofit Stepping Stones Nigeria.

Abuse of child ‘witches’ on rise, aid group says

Children accussed of being witches In many African countries, as in other parts of the world, children are blamed for causing illness, death and destruction, prompting some communities to put them through harrowing punishments to “cleanse” them of their supposed magical powers.

Pastors have been accused of worsening the problem by claiming to have powers to recognize and exorcise “child witches,” sometimes for a fee, aid workers said.

The man who can see the jinn, and make them go away

An Islamic faith healer talks about his profession According to Islamic belief, a jinni can take any physical form or possess a human BEIRUT: “The powers I command can help people who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a glance of hope,” says faith healer, Abu Yussuf. Otherwise known as Hajj Mazloum, Abu Yussuf was staying at his brother’s house in Bourj al-Barajne. Making his home in Detroit, Michigan, the healer was on his way to the Gulf, where he has many clients, he said, most of who have given up on conventional medical treatments. Abu Yussuf says