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PostSubject: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:26 pm

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The following article by Richard Shears appeared in the Daily Mail on 7 February 2013 and was entitled. 'Mother, 20, accused of being a 'witch' and 'killing a boy with sorcery' tortured and burned alive on pile of tyres

* Police turned back by lynch mob in highlands of Papua New Guinea
* She had confessed to killing a boy 'with sorcery' while being tortured

A young mother was tossed screaming on to a pyre of tyres and burned alive after being accused of killing a neighbour's six-year-old son with sorcery.

Kepari Leniata, 20, 'confessed' after she was dragged from her hut, stripped naked and tortured with white-hot iron rods.

She was then dragged to a local rubbish dump, doused in petrol and, with hands and feet bound, thrown on a fire of burning tyres. As the mother-of-two screamed in agony, more petrol-soaked tyres were thrown on top of her.

The horrendous scene took place in the village of Paiala, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea where many believe that witchcraft exists and sorcery is used to kill enemies.

The head bishop of a Lutheran Church located in the district today condemned the killing.

‘Sorcery and sorcery-related killings are growing and the government needs to come up with a law to stop such practice,’ David Piso told The National newspaper.

‘Many innocent and helpless people have been killed and tortured after being accused of witchcraft, but taking a life is against the teachings of the Bible and the laws of the country,’ he said.

The tragedy unfolded after Miss Leniata's young neighbour fell sick on Tuesday morning. He complained of pains in the stomach and chest and was taken to Mt Hagen hospital where he died a few hours later.

Relatives of the boy were suspicious that witchcraft was involved in the death and learned that two women had gone into hiding in the jungle.

After they were tracked down, the pair admitted they practised sorcery but had nothing to do with the boy's death. Miss Leniata, they said, was the person responsible.

The boy's family went to her hut at 7am on Wednesday, stripped her and dragged her away to torture and death.

Pictures of the horrific scene were soon circulating online. The Post Courier newspaper said the torture and brutal murder of a mother of two ‘provided a photo opportunity for many of the onlookers, including school children, who crowded around and took photos of the woman being consumed alive by the fire.’

Police who rushed to the area were turned back by the angry crowd, but were able to drive away with one of the other women while the second has fled.

Papua New Guinean police have launched a murder investigation and are reportedly preparing charges against those responsible.

A firetruck which had been called to the scene was chased away by the crowd.

Authorities and international diplomats have spoken out against the torching of the young mother, leaves behind two children, the youngest an eight-month-old girl.

The country's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has sworn to bring the killers to justice, as he addressed the matter in a statement today.

‘No one commits such a despicable act in the society that all of us, including Kepari, belong to,' he said.

‘Barbaric killings connected with alleged sorcery. Violence against women because of this belief that sorcery kills. These are becoming all too common in certain parts of the country.

'It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with.’

The U.S. embassy on the Papua New Guinea issued a statement condemning the "’brutal murder’ calling it evidence of ‘pervasive gender-based violence’.

’We add our voice to those of Papua New Guinean religious and civil society leaders who have spoken out against the brutality inflicted upon Ms Leniata,’ the embassy said.

‘There is no possible justification for this sort of violence. We hope that appropriate resources are devoted to identifying, prosecuting, and punishing those responsible for Ms Leniata's murder.’

PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND SORCERY
Sorcery and witchcraft is widely believed in Papua New Guinea and is commonly practiced in remote villages across the island nation.

The cost of a witch doctor revealing a cause of death or casting out an evil spirit is usually 1000 New Guinean kina (£303), plus a pig and a bag of rice.

In 1971, whilst still a colony, the country introduced a Sorcery Act to criminalise the practice.

However the law has recently seen a rise in attacks on innocent people accused of black magic, such as that on Miss Leniata, and convictions by ‘kangaroo courts’ made up of of local village elders.

As a result the Papua New Guinean law reform commission proposing to repeal the law.

Last July, 29 people were arrested accused of black magic and cannibalism after allegedly murdering seven people in order to eat their brains and use their genitals for sorcery rituals.

In 2009 a man was hacked to pieces by machetes after a ‘kangaroo court’ convicted him of sorcery.

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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:03 am

There have been a few instances lately in the UK of the abuse of children to cast out "devils". These instances seem to involve recent immigrants from West Africa. Unlike the European Witchcraft, the African variety is exclusively Dark. Police and Social Workers have been warned to look out for signs in the population. One of the causes are the rise of Extremist Christian "churches" in houses among the African communities.
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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:06 pm

These are ''Rogue Churches'' flying under the christian flag .

One of the key beliefs of these churches is in witches and exorcising them.

This is about ''Witchcraft '' nothing more , nothing less and personally I find it offensive to brand it with Christianity , while we are aware that the Vatican has a number of trained exorcists who carry out these duties after lengthy investigations into the alledged posession/s , I think we are very lucky that these people exist and carry out these duties without consideration to their personal safety , where would some exorcised souls be without them . People who practise this type of ''Witchcraft '' are definitely not main stream Christians , Christians on a whole do not practise ''Witchcraft'' I am tired of the Christian faith being thrashed and used as a crutch , while I readily admit that I am not a practising catholic , I consider myself to be a good Christian
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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:37 pm

i am a christian. and i practice nature magic . or at least i use the spirits of trees for protection .. and the subduing of hostile people and entity's .

i don't worship them i simply see them as another aspect of the world . a part of the system that a higher being (god) created . trough understanding of trade and honor i ask for help . and in return i protect my forest and keep my part of it well off.

i figure a god or higher being has far to much on his or her hands to watch after me so i should do it myself .

this ... act is wrong certainly . but what i am seeing here is people trying to blame everyone but the person or persons that did it .

to react this way is barbaric . it does not matter if the witch was good or bad . i know a satanist (supposedly ) am i outside his house with a claymore preparing to cut off his head ? no its wrong. this whole thing is wrong and we don't have the information to say whos at blame for what. .

well scratch that i know who ever tortured the poor woman should be keel hauled . or should at least receive the same pain . or some kind of mark as a vile creature .

shes dead though so he should get the death penalty maybe ? . either way justice is exempt for no man or woman Neutral if i was in command of the situation

this would never happen again :verymad:


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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:57 am

And yet, I have seen many postings in forums from Christian Wiccans - that is an oxymoron ! The basis of Wicca is Witchcraft - banned by the church. I will stress, Wicca is a religion !

Before anyone gets hot under the collar, may I state that I revere Christ as one of the important teachers of Mankind but I despise the religion created by MAN in his name.

I should also say that my earlier response was taken from the Daily Mail at the time. Great care needed with the Mail - bigoted just about covers it.
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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:10 pm

Well you know I am not Christian Wiccan so I really cannot say what person or persons fly under that banner no more than I can identify as to what these person/s may believe , many ''New Ager's '' blend certain Christian and New Age belief's and practises . I do not think it is wrong for Christian's to practise earth based magic , I do , does that make me oxymoron , in my opinion it does not , but of course that is my opinion. Christianity too is a religion but in all honesty we do our praying in a Church not out in the open and we do not get ceremonially robed for Mass , while I have no problem with Wicca, Christianity or any other religion or what any individual decides to practise as an individual , the christian bashers to me are despicable. Live and let Live . The Wiccan Rede is a moral system , its most common form is , And It Harm None , Do What Ye Will , eight word's which are sacrosanct to all Wiccan's so if one adopt's that moral code how can these adoptee's thrash another religion ? is that not against the Moral Code , I think it is . I am under no illusion that some people who fly under the Christian banner do not agree with Wicca but I am not one of them and I bet not all Wiccan's while they may disagree with Christianity , do not thrash the religion . It takes one bad apple to ruin the barrel . There will always be extremists and fanatics regardless of what religion they are . My GOD is not petty and narrowminded nor will I be . We all need to be able to agree to differ and move on . Smile


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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:52 pm

well said Fae. :hugs:


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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:01 pm

Thank You Autumn :bunnywave:


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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:15 am

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I should also say that my earlier response was taken from the Daily Mail at the time. Great care needed with the Mail - bigoted just about covers it.

ah yes if you could include a link or official credit to a post or author it would be greatly appreciated . it has to do with copyrights and such Smile not that this is a occasion in which it is needed but i figured it should be pointed out .

and we are all entitled to our interpretation of the world no ?

of course who am i to say whats what . i talk to trees :LOL:


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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:46 am

Bible "thou shalt not permit a witch to live". Many injunctions in the bible - "thou shalt have no other gods but me", etc, etc.
So, a claim to be a Christian Wiccan is ludicrous ESPECIALLY because Wicca is rooted in Witchcraft. So, which god[s] do they pray to ? I have to say that this is a feature of American Wicca, not Brit.
BTW the Rede comes from Witchcraft, not Wicca.
Anyway, we could chew this for ever, it all comes down to outlook. Earth Magic is Earth Magic and has been in existence as long as the Earth. Magic is everywhere - the focussed will of the individual to influence natural Earth energies as in, for example, a prayer in a church. So many inconsistencies !
I carry out small pagan rituals in one of Britain's ancient cathedrals. Why ? Because it is built over a much older pagan shrine and I am partial to church organ music . Very Happy

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Faerielass - if you look thro SF for example, you will find that I am very open as to what I am. I trash the church, but never Christ. I also trash Wicca because I find it silly and trivial and a perversion of an ancient creed - the Cunning Path/Witchcraft
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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:35 pm

It is reported that there is 2.1 Billion Christians in the world about a third of the population of the planet . 1.1billion are Roman Catholic by an overwhelming margin the largst ''denomination '' of any religion on the planet . We are doing OK . Smile


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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:00 am

Conversely, 1.5% of the UK population are church-goers and it is still falling.
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PostSubject: Re: 20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)   Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:35 pm


Exultant cry of BA check-in clerk who finally wins her court battle over right to wear a cross


Nadia Eweida, 60, was sent home from work by BA in 2006 for refusing to hide or take off the cross around her neck
Today she was awarded 32,000 Euros by court after judges said there had been a violation of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights

'When I heard the verdict I was jumping for joy and saying "thank you Jesus",' she said

But three other Christians had their claims thrown out
David Cameron tweets he is 'delighted people shouldn't suffer discrimination due to religious beliefs'
Case was brought against UK government, not BA, so taxpayer will pick up bill



British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida triumphed over the airline yesterday after a six-year battle to wear her cross at work.
Her right to profess her religious belief should have trumped the airline’s powers to mould its image by imposing petty uniform rules on its staff, European judges declared.
A ‘jubilant’ Miss Eweida, who had lost at a string of hearings in Britain, said her first reaction to the ruling had been to say: ‘Thank you, Jesus.’



The judgment in Miss Eweida’s case is likely to open the way for Christians to declare their faith by wearing or displaying the cross at work, unless their employer can show a good reason why they should not.



But the Government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission said employers would be confused.

It called for new laws from Westminster on the rights of religious believers to demonstrate and practise their beliefs in public.

Miss Eweida, 61, had been told by British Airways that she must remove the cross she wore with her uniform, even though the airline was happy for Sikh men to wear turbans and bracelets and for Muslim women to wear headscarves.
After her victory she said: ‘I’m overwhelmed, but jubilant. When I heard the result I literally jumped up and down for joy and said “thank you, Jesus”.
‘I’m very pleased Christian rights have been vindicated. I believe there will be a big impact and it will encourage employees who are too timid or reserved to wear their crosses not to be afraid to show their faith



The Egyptian-born Coptic Christian was sent home without pay in September 2006. Her suspension provoked a public outcry after it was reported by the Daily Mail.
The airline allowed her back to work in February 2007 under new rules allowing the cross and the Star of David to be displayed with uniforms.

However a series of British tribunals and the Court of Appeal said the airline had been right and she had been wrong.

Yesterday the Strasbourg judges said that while BA had a right to protect its corporate image, ‘Miss Eweida’s cross was discreet and cannot have detracted from her professional appearance’.



Government lawyers opposed her claim and the three others in Strasbourg. British officials said the Government is bound to uphold the decisions of the British courts.
However yesterday David Cameron tweeted that he was ‘delighted that the principle of wearing religious symbols at work has been upheld – people shouldn’t suffer discrimination due to religious beliefs’.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu welcomed the ruling. ‘Christians and those of other faiths should be free to wear the symbols of their own religion without discrimination,’ he said.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who has backed the right of Christians to declare their faith, said of Miss Eweida’s victory: ‘I’m delighted that the principle of it has been upheld by the European Court.
‘The Prime Minister has said we would change the law if it wasn’t. Our lawyers are still looking through the judgement but their view is it is not going to be necessary to have to change the law.’
The judges added: ‘There was no evidence that the wearing of other, previously authorised, items of religious clothing, such as turbans and hijabs, by other employees, had any negative impact on British Airways’ brand or image.

Moreover, the fact that the company was able to amend the uniform code to allow for the visible wearing of religious symbolic jewellery demonstrates that the earlier prohibition was not of crucial importance.’

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