The Torah (Leviticus 19:26,31, Deut. 18:10-14, ) forbids
magical practices purport to foretell the future,
real or imaginary, witchcraft, because
It tricks both the user and the follower into believing that there are powers at work separate from God, it is an attempt to cause people to stray from God and follow other powers.
Catholic Church needs exorcists: The Catholic Church is looking for a few good men -- to battle Satan. The church in the US has become so short of priests who know how to perform an exorcism that it began an emergency two-day meeting yesterday to teach clerics how to properly cast out demons (NYPost, Nov 13/11/10).
The New Testament advocates exorcism and demonolgy. Jesus himself and his diciples practiced it. (John Chs. 7, 8,10, Matt. Chs. 8,9, 11-12,15,17, Mark Chs. 1,5,7, Luke Chs. 4,7,8,9,11).
Jesus: "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many." Jesus then sends the demons into a flock of swine "And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea" (Mark 5:8-15).
Acts 19:13-16 "Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches."
Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."
4-Year-Old Boy Dies During Exorcism: Dmitry Kazachuk, who apparently had pneumonia, was left alone with the ritual healers by his parents. Before leaving, Dmitry's mom observed the woman performing the ritual insisting her son's name was "Lucifer the demon." The parents of the child asked shaman So Dyavor, 59, and her husband, Kim Sende, 62, to perform a ritual to exorcise “evil spirits” that they believed were plaguing him. (Huffington Post, Moscow Times 15 July, 2010).
4-åring døde under eksorsisme: Sjaman overbeviste familien om at han var besatt av onde ånder. Ifølge en
video fra Reuters
spurte sjamanen hva som var guttens navn. Da han svarte, sa sjamanen «Det er ikke sant, navnet ditt er Lucifer». http://www.abcnyheter.no/node/113778
Increasing sorcery-related killings in Papua New Guinea: A father and a son was dragged from his home and burnt alive. Local people had accused them both of causing the death of a prominent member of the community by sorcery. A village court comprising church pastors and local officials found a 40-year-old man from a village in Unggai-Bena district guilty of sorcery and sentenced him to death on 30 January. A group of local men then hacked him to death with bush knives. A group of men stripped a woman naked, gagged and burned her alive at Kerebug rubbish dump in Mount Hagen on 6 January, after she was suspected of practising witchcraft (Amnesty International, 11 February 2009).
Rise in African children accused of witchcraft: Orphans, street children, albinos and the disabled are most at risk.
A new Unicef report warns that children accused of being witches - some as young as eight - have been been burned, beaten and even killed as punishment.
The belief that a child could be a witch is a relatively modern development, researchers say. The agency said there was little it could do about the belief in witchcraft itself, and that it was not trying to eradicate the practice. But it said violence against children was wrong, and that it would do everything it could to stop it.
Most of those accused of witchcraft are boys aged between eight to 14 - who often end up being attacked, tortured and sometimes killed.
Also, children have had petrol poured into their eyes or ears as a way of trying to exorcise "evil spirits" that healers believe have possessed them.
It is reported that some evangelical preachers have added to the problem by charging large sums for exorcisms. (BBC, 17 July 2010).
Barn risikerer å bli brent som hekser:
I Afrika pågår det en storstilt heksejakt på det man mener er barn besatt av onde krefter. Foreldreløse, gatebarn, albinoer og barn med ulike funksjonshemninger er i risikosonen. Ifølge Unicef har barn beskyldt for å være hekser blitt brent, slått eller drept som straff.
De fleste av barna som blir beskyldt for svart magi er gutter mellom åtte og 14 år. Noen av barna får også bensin helt inn i øyne eller ører i et forsøk på å drive ut de onde maktene. En del prester har også tilspisset problemet ytterligere ved å kreve store pengesummer for denne formen for eksorsisme. Ifølge Unicef er det lite å gjøre med troen på hekser og svart magi, og de sier de ikke forsøker å utrydde denne praksisen. Men vold mot barn er galt, og at vi vil gjøre alt i vår makt for å stoppe det, skriver de i rapporten (ABC Nyheter, 17. juli 2010).
Christian Convert Burned Alive in Saudi Arabia: By her father, who first had cut her tongue. Not an ordinary father, but a member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Against Vice [the Muttawa], a sort of police watching over the moral behaviour of the citizens of Saudi Arabia and the full compliance with the rules of the rigid Wahabi doctrine, by using whiplashes on the legs for too high heels and arresting men and women not linked by marriage or family bonds for meetings in restaurants (ANSAmed).
Carter Center threatens to withdraw from Sudan unless Bashir apologizes publicly:TV The Sudanese president has twice threatened this year to mutilate and expel any foreign observers if they call for postponing elections. Bashir said: "[Our government] before expelled the British ambassador and the Canadian ambassador and special envoy of the United Nations ... Whoever tries to insult us we will cut off their neck and extend his tongue to abuse us we will cut off his tongue" he added. Last month Bashir made similar statements also apparently directed at Carter Center. "We wanted them to see the free and fair elections, but if they interfere in our affairs, we will cut their fingers off, put them under our shoes, and throw them out," he said (Sudan Tribune, 7 april 2010).
In addition to this, we have also the exploitation of children for terrorist purposes, education of children to hatred and indoctrination of children to shahadah, "honor killings," female circumcision, a very grotesque and inhumane act, which has no place in the very religion of Abraham, child brides, forced marriage of children; the Qur'an endorses paedophilia, the most abominable of all sexual crimes.
Muhammad, Aisha, Islam and Childbrides:
Dead Yemeni child bride tied up, raped, says mom: A 13-year-old Yemeni child bride who bled to death shortly after marriage was tied down and forced to have sex by her husband, according to interviews with the child's mother, police and medical reports. The girl's mother, Nijma Ahmed, 50, told the Associated Press that before her daughter lost consciousness, she said that her husband had tied her up and forced himself on her. "She looked like she was butchered," she said about her daughter's injuries. Elham Assi, 13, bled to death hours after she spoke to her mother and just days after she was married to a 23-year-old man (Fox News, April 10, 2010).
Child bride, 12, dies in Yemen after struggling to give birth for THREE days: Fawziya Abdullah Youssef died of severe bleeding on Friday while giving birth to a stillborn in the al-Zahra district hospital of Hodeida province, 140 miles west of the capital Sanaa.Youssef was only 11 when her father married her to a 24-year-old man who works as a farmer in Saudi Arabia, said Ahmed al-Quraishi, chairman of Siyaj human rights organization (Daily Mail, 17 March, 2010).
10 year old child bride in Saudi Arabia: In Saudi Arabia a 10 year old child bride has been returned to her 80 year old husband. The father of the child forced the young girl to return to her "husband", after she had been found hiding at the home of her aunt. Such a perverse and obscene relationship is a valid marriage under Sharia Law. The husband of the child bride denies being 80 years old, and is angry with the aunt for hiding the girl and violating the terms of the marriage. Speaking to a local newspaper the pedophile-husband claimed: "My marriage is not against Sharia. It included the elements of acceptance and response by the father of the bride.”
There is something profoundly disturbing about a culture that would abuse young girls in this way. Somethings are simply wrong, regardless of cultural norms. This is one such thing. This poor little girl is ruined before her life has even begun. She is condemned to a life of sexual bondage and servitude.
Last year, international media reported on a court ruling that denied a motion to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man. The kingdom’s Human Rights Commission said at the time that they were trying to fight the problem of child marriages in the country. Clearly they are miserable failures. Indeed, the whole society is complicit in the child abuse. It is an ugly, shameful thing that stains every resident of the Kingdom (
Portland Humanist Examiner
, Micha J. Stone).
FROM CHILD BRIDE TO SEX SLAVE: Reports of trafficking of Mauritanian child brides to Saudi Arabia are on the rise. The girls, usually between 5 and 12 years of age, are married off to wealthy Saudi men in exchange for hefty bride prices. Once they arrive in Saudi Arabia, they become sex slaves to their husbands. Pre-pubescent girls are highly prized by Saudi men but, once they reach puberty or become pregnant, they are of no further interest to their husbands. According to Mint El Moctar, the girls are then repudiated and thrown into the streets. Without a support network, they have no choice but to become prostitutes (Aftenposten, Wikileaks).
IRAN LEGALIZING CHILD RAPE: Can you imagine becoming a mother at nine years old? In Iran, it could happen -- the Iranian Parliament is seeking to
legalize marriage for girls under the current minimum age of ten. »
The Iranian Parliament recently issued a statement that they regard the law prohibiting marriage for girls under 10 as un-Islamic and illegal. According to Parliament member Mohammad Ali Isfenani,
"We must regard nine as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married."
Over the past few weeks, over 75 girls under 10 were forced to marry much older men.
Legalizing this practice would effectively legalize sex between a young child and an over-18 adult.
Nine year olds should not be expected to understand and to commit to the "strong covenant" of marriage as outlined in the Quran. Moreover, most nine year olds are still physiologically children; they're not ready to produce babies of their own.
Tell the Iranian government to keep marriage to girls under 10 illegal. »
An Inside Look at Palestinian Authority Society: Honor Killings:
The case of 20-year-old Arab woman, found murdered near Hevron after disappearing a year ago, offers a rare close-up of “honor killings” in the Palestinian Authority as well as other Muslim Arab societies.
Honor killings are common through the Palestinian Authority, where laws based on legislation from the Ottoman Empire and the Jordanian occupation in 1948 allow courts to commute sentences for men who carry out them out.The Palestinian Authority has not repealed the laws even though PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas two years again signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (INN, 05/11/11).
"If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of GOD. They follow only conjecture; they only guess." Sura 6:116 Livestock ( Al-An'am). Now we know that Christians and Muslims are the majority of the world and we should not follow them.It is taken for granted that the majority would and should be in the right, but please do understand that God advises us against it; following the majority would only lead one to satanic ways – a path far away from God and His Torah (the way of life).
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Isaiah 58:6-10 "Is this not the fast I will choose? To undo the fetters of wickedness, to untie the bands of perverseness, and to
let out the oppressed free, and all perverseness you shall eliminate."
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On Tisha Be’Av we mourn for the long exile and our history of oppression and persecution, but we also focus and pray for the final redemption and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
"Is it not to share your bread (Torah) with the hungry, and moaning poor you shall bring home; when you see a naked one, you shall clothe him, and from your flesh you shall not hide. Then your light shall break forth as the dawn, and your healing shall quickly sprout, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall gather you in.
Then you shall call and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry and He shall say, "Here I am," if you remove perverseness from your midst, putting forth the finger and speaking wickedness.
And you draw out your soul (light) to the hungry, and an afflicted soul you sate, then your light (the soul immersed in Torah) shall shine in the darkness, and your darkness shall be like noon." See Isaiah 60:1-3.
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Isaiah 56:7 "...for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." Zechariah 14:14 "And the wealth of all the nations round about-gold and silver and apparel-will be gathered in very great abundance." Haggai 2:-8-9 "The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of Hosts. The glory of this last House shall be greater than the first one, said the Lord of Hosts. And in this place I will grant peace, says the Lord of Hosts."
Isaiah 60:7 "All the sheep of Kedar (Arabia) shall be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall serve you; they shall be offered up with acceptance upon My altar, and I will glorify My glorious house."
Jeremiah 30:18 "So said the Lord: Behold I am returning the captivity of the tents of Jacob, and his dwellings I will pity, and the city shall be built on its mound and the palace on its proper site shall be established."