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May 22, 2010

Nigerian Witch Doctor

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Ooo eee ooo ah ah, ting tang
walla walla, bing bang
Ooo eee ooo ah ah, ting tang
walla walla, bing bang

In this morning’s “Belief” page in the New York Times, they highlight a popular Nigerian Witch doctor who has received a great deal of international publicity due primarily to her beliefs and charisma. The opening sentences from the article:

At home in Nigeria, the Pentecostal preacher Helen Ukpabio draws thousands to her revival meetings. Last August, when she had herself consecrated Christendom’s first “lady apostle,” Nigerian politicians and Nollywood actors attended the ceremony. Her books and DVDs, which explain how Satan possesses children, are widely known.

So well-known, in fact, that Ms. Ukpabio’s critics say her teachings have contributed to the torture or abandonment of thousands of Nigerian children — including infants and toddlers — suspected of being witches and warlocks.

By just strapping on her sandals and walking down the street, Ukpadio is so filled with the Holy Spirit that she can point out all the kids who are possessed. In fact, she believes and teaches that if a child 2 years old and younger has nighttime crying fits, then the child is a tool of Satan. I guess she ignores the pain from teething and colic, but what to I know.

Thank God I am Lutheran.

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