Ma­nip­u­la­tion in the name of re­li­gion

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dis­ap­peared af­ter im­preg­nat­ing his wife’s rel­a­tive and their helper and then on Thurs­day, Codelia Mon­dela re­ported on a bishop who had raped his daugh­ter since she was 14-year­sold while telling her that the Holy Ghost had in­structed him to do so.

I am list­ing them in this man­ner so that you take in how of­ten these incidents oc­cur.

Re­li­gious spa­ces are quickly be­com­ing very scary. The irony is out of this world be­cause ideally, a church and its lead­ers are sup­posed to be a place of refuge for God’s peo­ple but ac­cord­ing to re­cent head­lines and pat­terns, the con­trary is true.

First things first, this is not an attack on churches, I am Chris­tian and church is the per­fect place to re­ju­ve­nate your soul and spirit and to keep you ex­cited about your be­liefs. So I un­der­stand its im­por­tance.

How­ever, what has be­come of con­cern is all the other harm­ful ac­tiv­i­ties that have oc­curred, to women es­pe­cially, in the name of God but are any­thing but Godly. It is on that same note that I felt that we should bring to light how we as women see how other women are ex­ploited by re­li­gious men.

It is not the right representation of Chris­tian­ity and it is a def­i­nite vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights.

As we read these sto­ries, it is only nor­mal to ques­tion why any woman would al­low them­selves to be in such sit­u­a­tions.

How have women be­come the vic­tims in this slot of crime in par­tic­u­lar? Okay, so when we go to church or when we pray we are al­most al­ways look­ing for di­vine in­ter­ven­tion in our lives for the count­less prob­lems that we have as peo­ple.

Men usu­ally fall for the “your riches will dou­ble” tagline while women are drawn to­wards the so­lu­tions to more home-bred is­sues. For ex­am­ple, it is usu­ally men who are ru­moured to have money-mak­ing juju and women are al­ways accused of hav­ing hus­band-keep­ing juju.

It is just an ex­am­ple peo­ple, I am just try­ing to make a point. As a result, women will go to ul­ti­mate mea­sures to keep their home in or­der.

Un­for­tu­nately, ma­li­cious cler­gy­men have re­alised our weak­ness and have forged an in­dus­try ded­i­cated to ex­ploit­ing our des­per­a­tion.

Picture this; a woman goes to a church leader/prophet cry­ing about how she is fail­ing to con­ceive and so her mar­riage is falling apart, her in-laws are look­ing at her side­ways and she just wants a baby! It is a lot of pres­sure for one woman and she is just hope­less and pow­er­less.

The last thing I would ex­pect as that woman is for the church leader/ prophet to pre­scribe his body as a cure or treat­ment for my con­di­tion.

How­ever, be­cause the woman has prob­a­bly tried ev­ery­thing in her power to no avail and now this re­li­gious man whom she pre­sumes to be the ex­pert and most knowl­edge­able in this area is im­pos­ing al­leged facts that she knows lit­tle about, she is bound to fall for his “treat­ment”.

De­for­ma­tion of the truth is the num­ber one cause of ma­nip­u­la­tion in re­li­gious spa­ces. Ill-na­tured preach­ers are ex­cep­tional ben­ders of God’s word.

They are able to take a verse from the Bi­ble and use it to sup­port their evil in­ten­tions. For ex­am­ple, 1 Ti­mothy 2 verses 11 to 12 says that, “Let a woman learn in si­lence with all sub­mis­sive­ness, I per­mit no woman to teach or have author­ity over a man; rather, she is to re­main silent”.

This verse can be eas­ily dis­torted to mean some­thing else and I bet that it has been told to a woman who is ei­ther a vic­tim of some type of vi­o­lence to keep her a vic­tim or to a pow­er­ful woman to try and tame her.

I am no the­olo­gian but I am pretty sure that in this verse God did not mean that women should take rub­bish from men ly­ing down be­cause even I know that He de­clared that He has plans for us and that they are plans for peace and not dis­as­ter.

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