Thursday, February 14, 2008

Religious Superstition Kills

Having been the victim of religious superstition from my own Pentecostal tradition, I am sensitive to the subject, and concerned when I see it arise in either mild or severe forms. This story of an illiterate Saudi woman sentenced to death for Witchcraft shows the severity to which superstition can grow.

9 comments:

seithman said...

Total insanity!

Pastor Phil said...

You ain't kiddin'.

Kieran Conroy said...

This is deeply troubling... fears of witchcraft/sorcery remain an issue in a number of parts of the world, but to see someone facing execution by the state for it is horrific.

I've been trying to find ways to take action/write letters, but don't see anything on Amnesty or Human Right's watch. I'll post if I find any, but this link shows the letter already written to the Saudi government by HRW. I'll post more if I find anything, this woman could definately use our prayers.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/02/13/saudia18046.htm

jenelle said...

I was just reading this on BBC, too. So gross.

I'm sure it'll be on Amnesty's website soon.

Pastor Phil said...

Keiran,

Thanks for taking a lead on this. Keep me posted bro.

Pastor Phil said...

Hey Jenelle,

The number of issues which demand the justice, and mercy of God related to this issue of superstition killing people around the world is uncountable, and I believe there is a place for those of us who follow and desire truth to rise up.

Kieran Conroy said...

I'm puzzled why Amnesty hasn't been more proactive, though I've noticed they don't cover every single case. I wrote them an email, seeking advice.

Human Right's Watch takes actions directly but doesn't host citizen campaigns. Still, they posted their letter with the address of the King, and it would seem to be a decent form letter if anyone would like to write a letter. I'll let you know if I get more advice.

Kieran

Kieran Conroy said...

Also, here are some general amnesty letter-writing guidelines. Obviously it is important to be polite, while strong to be most affective. Even if a government's practices are unjust, attacking them is less likely to lead to change- but knowing that people are watching, informed and honestly concerned is always the best pressure.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/Plan_Events_and_Activities/How_to_Write_Letters/page.do?id=1101319&n1=4&n2=63&n3=128

Kieran Conroy said...

Sorry, it cut off:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/Plan_Events_and_Activities/
How_to_Write_Letters/page.do?id=1101319&n1=4&n2=63&n3
=128