posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 12:56 PM
It is so bizarre that Western horror movies have various age-restrictions, because they might "scare" children, yet various faiths have full-on
exorcism rituals for kids as young as 4-10!!!
Some of the horrendous practices began by US fundamentalists in Africa have now created entire classes of homeless kids in Nigeria - who are accused
of being witches by their own pastors, churches and parents.
This practice has now taken root in SA, and infants and toddlers are accused of witchcraft.
The traditionally white Dutch Reformed Church ("NG Kerk" in Afrikaans) has always stood against "charismatic madness".
However, now some Dominees (pastors) have introduced American practices.
In one church children as young as 4-10 are said to be vomiting, breaking wind and climbing walls due to being possessed by demons.
Ds. Pieter Fourie anoints them with olive oil, and claims demons come from African masks, Buddha statues and Islamic carpets.
(One can translate, or see images: www.rapport.co.za...
I don't think it's fair on children to scare them like that.
Neither can children follow Christian philosophy and overcome their "original sin" until they are mentally ready to make a choice.
When is that by the way?
When can a convert choose a religion with a sound mind?
It's just shocking.
edit on 23-1-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)