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An Independent African-American Religiosity | Religion


To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) towards all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you together. For Allah has power over all things. – 

[Qur’an 2:148]

 

Accusations have been hurled against African-American Christians that they follow a “white man’s religion.” Similarly, African-American Muslims have been charged as being people following an “Arab religion.” The “Black Jew” is often considered an outsider in their faith especially as they try to make a life for themselves in Israel. In each of these cited examples the African-American Muslim, Christian or Jew is accused of “adopting the religion of the slave…

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We will tap from our rich African traditional religion to end human trafficking in Edo — Oba Ewuare II


By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin-City

Oba Ewuare II of Benin has told the European Union (EU) that the people of the kingdom will tap from the rich African traditional religion to solve human trafficking and other social vices in Edo State.

•Oba Ewuare II of Benin

The Benin monarch spoke when he received a delegation from the European Parliament Sub-committee on Human Rights who paid the Omo N’Oba a courtesy visit.

Oba Ewuare II, who addressed the delegation, noted that the people of Edo and the state government were troubled about the activities of human traffickers which he described as a form of modern day slavery.

He commended the state and federal governments for taking steps to bring back stranded Nigerians in Libya just as he expressed joy over the concern shown by the European union in…

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Column: the appropriation of African Traditional Religion by human traffickers


Tony Kail is an ethnographer and writer. He holds a degree in cultural anthropology and has researched magico-religious cultures for more than twenty-five years. His work has taken him from Voodoo ceremonies in New Orleans to Haitian Botanicas in Harlem and Spiritual Churches in East Africa. He has lectured at more than one hundred universities, hospitals and public safety agencies. Kail has been featured on CNN Online, the History Channel and numerous radio, television and print outlets. He is author of A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers and Spirituals by History Press. He will be speaking on the subject of Hoodoo and the Blues and Hate Groups and the Pagan Community at Mystic South.

As if members of African traditional religions didn’t have enough to contend…

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‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity – Religion News Service


NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A network of progressive churches in the United States, inspired by the success of the movie “Black Panther,” has joined with over 100 Kenyan church leaders in a march to promote a global movement on Pan-African peace, power and prosperity.

The procession in Nairobi on Tuesday (March 27) was part of the activities indicating a growing positive response to the movie, which stars Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o alongside Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright.

Building on the popularity of “Black Panther,” a superhero film packing movie theaters since opening in the U.S. in February, the organizers said they hope to shape a movement that celebrates…

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Journal of Religion in Africa


Executive Editor

Robert Baum, (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA)

Deputy Editors

Afe Adogame (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)

Frederick Klaits (SUNY Buffalo, NY, USA)

Ruth Prince (University of Cambridge, UK)

Elisha Renne (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

Reviews Editor

Joseph Hellweg (The Florida State University)

Review copies and reviews for consideration may be sent to:

Dr. Joseph Hellweg

Department of Religion

Florida State University

P. O. Box 3061520

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520, USA

Email address: jhellweg@fsu.edu

Managing Editor

Dianna Bell (Independent, Cape Town, South Africa)

Founding Editor

Andrew Walls (Edinburgh)

Editorial Advisory Board

Ruy Blanes (University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

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Why Terrorists Hate You

Terrorist

Terrorists: Islamic extremists

You: Christians, Jews, and other Infidels

3rd Person: AfRAkan infidel using Dohgon Wisdom to decipher reality

A bus loaded with Christian tourists stops at a checkpoint while on its way to visit an ancient Christian Monastery in a small Egyptian town. Suddenly a group of armed militants appear out of nowhere and opens fire on the bus killing dozens of men, women, and children. The aftermath is heart wrenching and when you hear about it all you can do is sit back and ask yourself; “why are they so barbaric?”

In a quiet English city on a warm spring night a crowd of happy concertgoers stream out of a stadium at the end of a Pop concert. Suddenly a suicide bomber detonates himself in the crown. Dozens of men, women, and children are killed and dozens more are injured. The aftermath is heart wrenching and when you hear about it all you can do is sit back and ask yourself; “why are they so barbaric?”

The Sun has just gone down in a peaceful French city and hundreds of locals and tourists are out strolling the boulevard. Suddenly a large delivery truck speeds up, jumps onto the sidewalk and begins to plow people down. Dozens of men, women, and children are killed and hundreds more are injured. The aftermath is heart wrenching and when you hear about it all you can do is sit back and ask yourself; “why are they so barbaric?”

All these acts of terror have you traumatized now, haven’t they?. You’ve become scared, fearful, and hateful of them. Your government trauma councells you by telling you that they are vigilant in monitoring all threats to your security. Furthermore, they tell you that in order to do a proper job they are taking away more of your personal privacy and you agree. At the same time you search for more comfort from your so-called experts as to why terrorists hate you.

Your so-called experts tell you that the reason why terrorists hate you is because of their religion. They say Islam encourages backward, uncivilized thinking, which produces hate toward Christians, Jews, and all non-believers. But, while it may sound good and comforting to believe that your enemy is not as civilized as you, I am here to let you know that it’s all rubbish.

If Muslims hate you, why would they choose to live next to you? Muslims have been living in every western country for hundreds of years. They may be your Doctors, your Lawyers, and even your Politicians. They are no more uncivilized than you so what is the real reason why some Muslims become indoctrinated into extremism and resort to terrorism?

The real reason why terrorists hate you is because of the Territorial Instinct of all living organisms. The same behavior you see in most animals toward each other when they try to defend their territory is the same instinct in humanity. We are all born with an instinctual Fear of Death so we create bonds for psychological comfort. We bond to others according to family, tradition, and region. Then according to the societies we exist in, we bond to others according to Race, Religion, and stature.

Notice that most people who die from terrorism are Muslims themselves due to sectarian differences. The Sunnis hate the Shiites and vice-versa but they often live and interact together in the same country. ISIL, the #1 terrorist organization in the world today is comprised of people from both sects. They just choose to forget their differences for the greater cause of creating an Islamic State, free of Western influence.

So, the reason why a Muslim born in England, France, or America and infused with the ideology of Freedom and Happiness, would become a terrorist is because of his or her Religious, Racial, and Territorial bonds. They are thought that their Spiritual homeland (Middle East) is being destroyed and taken over by Jews, Christians, and Big Business. The thought generates hate within them. They surpress their Conscience until the Devil takes over. Then they use their extreme self-discipline to sacrifice their life for the cause of restoring Religious, Racial, and Territorial dignity.

Islam takes the blame because it is the most disciplined religion. It you don’t understand psychology all you need to know is that Muslims take religion very seriously. The Quran, which is their holy book, must be memorized at an early age. Prayer must be performed 5 times per day and every tradition must be practiced including fasting to build the self-discipline needed to neglect personal needs for the needs of their god, Allah. Christianity used to have similar disciplines, which have now been eroded by Humanism. Most Christians only attend church now to try to offload their sins.

The reason why Terrorists hate you is not because their religion instructs them to do so. The real reason is because of their Bonds and their desire to defend those bonds using the tools that their religion has given them. You may feel a certain level of security but if you live in a multicultural society that is made up of people of all races and religions, be careful who you offend because you never know who or how someone might choose to defend their Bonds.