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People might act all surprised at seeing this poor 9-year-old boy in chains, but these surprised hypocrites cheer on their pastors every Sunday as another child is accused of witchcraft and abused in front of the congregation. They sit there and marvelled at how powerful their Daddy in Christ is, as he battled these demons out of these poor “Possessed” children.

Never mind that they can’t actually see the demons he is casting out, but well, they see how he is beating the demons out of these children, so they cheer him on. That is the absurdity of religion. And that is why I hate religion.

Not too long ago, when one of the most prominent and richest pastor in Nigeria, Pastor David Oyedepo, physically attacked a 14-year-old girl during a church service watched by tens of thousands of church members, no one blinked an eyelid, in fact, they all clapped for him.

Yes, adults cheered on this good for nothing pastor while he slapped a girl, because according to him, she was a witch, but the girl boldly responded that she was a witch for Jesus. The audacity of her response made the Pastor Oyedepo even more furious and he physically lashed out at this poor teenage orphaned girl. And his congregation applauded him.

This atrocity was captured on video and posted on YouTube. I made a video where I urged people to slap some sense into Pastor David Oyedepo. I pointed out that hitting the poor girl on accusation of witchcraft was child abuse.

However, what did the silly Christians and his sheep say? They came out enmasse to defend their pastor, citing silly bible verses like “Thou shall not touch my anointed”. I received a lot of abuse, curses and threats on the Blog post and YouTube video. Every now and then, I still wake up to one threat or the other on the video and blog post, with Christians telling me how I am gonna die for daring to speak against the Man of God, their precious Daddy in Christ. http://wp.me/p3uryi-17z
A 9-year-old boy was rescued from a church in Ogun state Nigeria, after weeks of being chained and tortured. The Celestial church of Christ had been keeping the emaciated child in chains and tortu…
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So, another guy decided to tell me what he wants me to do with my body to please his eyes. Never mind that i hardly knew him. Never mind that the few interactions i had with him on social media were about him as an African-American reaching out because he wanted a better understanding on some issues especially as it affects Africa and Africans. Never mind that i treated him with utmost respect, taking time to answer his questions and i thought the respect was mutual. But alas, he was just another man who refused to understand that telling a woman what to do with her body, to please their 'manly gaze', is just totally wrong.

Well, he decided to express his displeasure with my weight loss. He sent messages to my Facebook inbox, starting with a disgusted face sticker, cos well, words weren't enough to express just how disgusted he was that i lost my 'meaty' figure!
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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela. ‪#‎Mandeladay‬
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Nelson Mandela was probably the first name I ever associated with Human rights during my childhood. His relentless struggle against apartheid nurtured in me the fire against injustice.

I identified with his struggle for Freedom and Equality; he was my human right hero and a living lesson in compassion and forgiveness.

Like every human, he had his shortcomings, but even now in death, he remains a colossal idol worthy of emulation.
Nelson Mandela, you came, you saw, you conquered, you lived and you left a positive footprint on planet earth.
You have done your part; the struggle is for the living not the dead.

You remain my hero and your legacy lives on for future generations to learn and draw strength from.

Thank you, Madiba for the lessons on Equality, Peace, Compassion and Forgiveness.

Happy Posthumous Birthday , Great Son of Africa. ‪#‎Mandeladay‬
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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” - Nelson Mandela #Mandeladay 
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My heart is with France and all those who have lost loved ones and with those eagerly waiting for news of their injured loved ones.
We've really got a long way to go to rid this planet of monsters who live amongst us whose only ambition is to inflict pain and sorrow on innocent people under the guise of their religion and politics.

Yes, Religion is a cancer that we must tackle.

Yes, Islam deserves no respect from me.

Yes, religion is an instrument of oppression, very useful in convincing people to commit atrocities especially with political incentives. After all those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

As Blaise Pascal said, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
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I do understand. However, i have learned to live and lets live. People go through different stages in life and that reflects in our use of social media.

People have different ways of coping with the stress of daily life, even different ways of expressing happiness, pleasures and contentment. Taking pictures and sharing online can be a great coping mechanisms, at least it works for me. I do love taking pictures, i am often my own photographer as well as the model, it’s a thing I derive pleasure from. Also, I do love sharing my pics, even before the advent of Facebook or Instagram.

When i am going through a stressful time, i have noticed a great way to lift my spirits is to get up, dress up, bring out my cam and start posing before my camera, snap away and feel the stress melt away too. I share some of those pics, cos, why not?

I stopped worrying about what people think a long time ago, it’s my life, it’s my page, it’s my blog, it’s my YouTube channel. If all i want to post are pictures of my selfies, or me dancing away in my bedroom, i will definitely go ahead and do that; no permission needed.

Life is too short and even full of too many upheavals to be waiting around for strangers’ permission on how best to live my life or how best to showcase it to others.

Understanding my own relationship with social media and life in general made me realise i am not in any position to guess or try to control why or what others post on their walls or how they use social media... Blog post: http://wp.me/p3uryi-16n
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I wish I could say I was surprised at this news, but truth be told, I wasn’t. I mean, I grew up with this. It was a daily occurrence. I had been a victim of such abuse myself. My parents attended Celestial church of Christ. I saw this evil every day. I was a victim of this evil.

I remember being called a witch by pastors and prophets. I vividly remember the many prayers and beatings with palm fronds and brooms at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos. Many children suffered this fate. We were all randomly accused of being witches or being at risk of initiation into witchcraft because we shared or accepted food from our classmates who according to those prophets, are witches and wizards and wanted to initiate us into witchcraft.

Our parents fell for such bullshit, because well, RELIGION. They thought they were protecting us from demons, therefore they let the church abuse us.

It is especially prominent amongst poor families. The children are blamed for using demonic powers to keep their parents in poverty. Children of rich people in the church were hardly accused of witchcraft. It seems witchcraft is a disease only poor people catches.

Also, if the parents were once well to do, and had a prosperous business, but started having financial problems and business troubles, no one bothered to blame the flailing economy, the church just put the blame on the vulnerable members in the family. This could be the house help, the young maid, the orphaned child from the village living with the family, the step-child who wants to ruin the new marriage, the old mother in law, and don’t forget that wrinkled, old woman on the street, surely with her haggard look, she must be a witch!

Yes, this is the reality of religion. This is the reality I grew up in. This is what I was indoctrinated into. This is why I hate Religion. This is Why I Speak Out Against Religion.

So, a 9-year-old emaciated child in chains, tortured by the church isn’t really new or news to me. If I am being honest, the only part I found surprising was the fact that a government agency rescued the child. I guess that must be a step forward. http://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/2016/07/24/9-year-old-boy-chained-and-tortured-in-church-for-weeks-this-is-why-i-hate-religion/
A 9-year-old boy was rescued from a church in Ogun state Nigeria, after weeks of being chained and tortured. The Celestial church of Christ had been keeping the emaciated child in chains and tortu…
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Go Michelle, Go Michelle...simply the coolest FLOTUS ever!
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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”- Nelson Mandela ‪#‎Mandeladay‬
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Happy posthumous Birthday to one of my greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela! As a young person, your life and activism inspired me to tow the line of equity and Justice for all, and i still continue to be inspired by you. Thank you so much, Nelson Mandela!

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”- Nelson Mandela.
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France under terrorist attack again; 80 dead and counting, Really, This world is not my home.

The French President, Francois Hollande, in a press conference said-

"France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing."

"France has been hit by tragedy once again. This monstrosity of using a lorry to deliberately kill people, many people who only came out to celebrate their national day"

"France is in tears; it is hurting but it is strong. And She will be stronger. Always stronger than the fanatics who wish to hurt us."

My heart is with France and all those who have lost loved ones and with those eagerly waiting for news of their injured loved ones.

We've really got a long way to go to rid this planet of monsters who live amongst us whose only ambition is to inflict pain and sorrow on innocent people under the guise of their religion and politics.

Yes, Religion is a cancer that we must tackle.

Yes, Islam deserves no respect from me.

Yes, religion is an instrument of oppression, very useful in convincing people to commit atrocities especially with political incentives. After all those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

As Blaise Pascal said, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” http://wp.me/p3uryi-16I
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Yemisi Ilesanmi is a Nigerian woman, resident in UK. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M)  degree in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights. She is a trade unionist, human rights activist, author, poet and blogger.
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