We know from history that humans are their own worst enemies. We have practiced all sorts of barbarism against our own species for various reasons over the thousands of years we have recorded history. The tragedy is that even today, in a modern world of science, there are those who are killed because of backward religious dogmatic beliefs.
Today I was reading through www.livescience.com in the STRANGE NEWS section when I came across an article that just broke my heart to read but sadly happens all too often.
“… in a small Indian village not far from Nepal, Saraswati Devi, 45, was accused of being a witch after a local mystic identified her as having practiced black magic, reported The Washington Post. Over a dozen villagers beat Devi to death as punishment, while her two children tried to intervene. Though Devi's husband identified her attackers and notified police, no arrests were made, news reports reveal.” (Radford, Indian Woman Beaten to Death for 'Witchcraft', 2014)
This is not the first case which I have read about where someone was murdered under the guise of ‘Witchcraft’ or ‘sorcery’. On June 22, 2012 Radford reported about a Saudi Man beheaded for the same accusations.
“… man was recently executed by beheading for practicing sorcery. The man, identified as Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri, was allegedly found with occult apparatus, including "books and talismans from which he learned to harm God's worshipers," according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry” (Radford, Saudi Man Beheaded for Witchcraft, 2012)
None of this is new. Over the ages people have always accused those they disapprove of to be Witches, Sorcerers, Agents of Satan, or Demon possessed. Even today there is a Christian movement that believes homosexual males and females are “Possessed by Stink Demons.” On the ‘spiritual’ site Charisman News, Bert Farias says “Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid-smelling demon that other demons don't even like to hang around it.” (Farias, 2014)
This is just another attack on a group of people that others see as undesirable. When will this kind of close minded religious dogmatic thinking stop? When will we as a people wake up to the reality that zealots are using religion to kill those whom they personally see as evil? In the case of Saraswati, she was accused by a ‘mystic’. Someone who is known to practice a form of magic that could be considered Witchcraft, and has in many cases. In the case of Christians saying homosexuals are evil and ‘against’ their god, do they not realize that in that every same book, that very same chapter they are forbidden to eat shellfish, forbidden to wear blended fabrics, forbidden to cut their hair, for women to be in public during their ‘cycle’?
In the end the use of religion to damn others is nothing more than the twisting of a spiritual path to suit the needs of those that hate. It is the egocentric belief that everyone should act, be, and live the way others say they should. After all, all these religious beliefs were created, written, and passed down by humans. And we KNOW humans NEVER EVER get things wrong. They NEVER EVER twist things from their original form. And they NEVER EVER have a mental illness that makes them believe they are receiving the ‘True Word’ of a god.
Wake up people of the world. Take back your lives. Take back your ability to think and reason as logical individuals. Wake up and stop being spoon fed someone else’s evil intentions before you find yourself at the end of their focus, because in the end… YOU WILL!
Farias, B. M. (2014, 7 22). The Raw, Naked Truth About Homosexuality. Retrieved from Charisman News: HTML - http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/the-flaming-herald/44730-the-raw-naked-truth-about-homosexuality
Radford, B. (2012, 6 22). Saudi Man Beheaded for Witchcraft. Retrieved 8 6, 2014, from Live Science.
Radford, B. (2014, 7 31). Indian Woman Beaten to Death for 'Witchcraft'. Retrieved 8 8, 2014, from Live Science.