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Nigerians at odds over faith school

Nigerians at odds over faith school

Yemi Adedeji, left, of the Evangelical Alliance, supports the opening of a faith school in Kent by a witchcraft-besotted Nigerian church. Human rights campaigner Leo Igwe strongly opposes it.

According to this report, Winners’ Chapel International – currently under investigation by the Charity Commission – wants to open the school at its Dartford site, but human rights campaigners such as Igwe, as well as the National Secular Society, are urging the government to turn down the school bid.

The proposed Kingdom Heritage Model School is intended for children aged four to seven.

The church links child “disobedience” to witchcraft. The David Oyedepo Ministries website states:

Disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft.

A while back Oyedpo was filmed accusing a young woman of being a witch, then slapping her.

This prompted Igwe to comment:

Many pastors subject their members and those who come to them for prayers to torture, inhuman, abusive and degrading treatment in the course of deliverance or in the name of casting away the devil or demons.

But Evangelical Alliance spokesman Yemi Adedeji effectively said “what happens in Nigeria stays in Nigeria”. He told the BBC:

The context of what happens in Nigeria and what happens here is very different. Most parents want their children to go to a faith-based school because of moral issues and I think we must salute that.

Igwe pointed out that the church obtains money from its members using what it called a prosperity-in-gospel narrative.

They make this money using this narrative and then they use it to establish businesses, universities, schools.

The Charity Commission confirmed concerns raised about Winners’ Chapel International included conflicts of interest and the charity’s financial management.

In 2011, Bishop Oyedepo’s fortune was estimated at $150m (£94m).

Stephen Evans, from the NSS, said the Metropolitan Police had investigated 27 cases of child abuse related to witchcraft this year. He said:

There’s a need to be vigilant and there’s a need to tackle this. You don’t do this by allowing organisations that believe in witchcraft and are associated with witch-hunting to open in the UK.

The Department for Education (DfE) said it had received an application and was aware of concerns. A spokeswoman said:

All independent schools must meet stringent standards before they are registered. These include tough rules on welfare and safeguarding. Police intelligence and criminal record checks are also carried out on the proprietor of the school, and any links to organisations which suggest the school might not meet the standards are investigated.

Hat tip: Leo Igwe

15 responses to “Nigerians at odds over faith school”

  1. Broga says:

    ” any links to organisations which suggest the school might not meet the standards are investigated.”

    I suppose regarding a child’s disobedience as witchcraft will rule out any government support. But I wouldn’t be sure. Stick a religious label on an activity and the most bizarre beliefs and activities hold their hands out for tax funded largess.

  2. L.Long says:

    “A while back Oyedpo was filmed accusing a young woman of being a witch, then slapping her.”
    REALLY!?!?!
    I can see that the religion has control of the state as If mine I would have him up on assault charges. Not that simple cuz he would use his power to get me ostracized? Then that would be VERY foolish as I would then have only one option, and he would not like that. But then If I lived there I would probably be brainwashed into believing he was correct.
    It is a sad state of affairs with no easy solution.

  3. Barry Duke says:

    @ L L Long. Here’s the footage of bully-boy Oyedepo delivering the witch slap: http://youtu.be/l0sYgOgB2_Y

  4. barriejohn says:

    We have discussed Oyedepo, the school, and the slapping in several previous threads. Here’s a link to the most recent, and if you type his name in the search box above you can access the others:

    http://freethinker.co.uk/2014/08/23/nss-this-new-school-would-put-kids-at-risk/

  5. Vanity Unfair says:

    In recent news, the Department for Education has announced the imminent closure of Miss Cackles Academy and Hogwarts College. A spokesman said, “The department takes a strict view on the subject of educational establishments teaching anything to do with witchcraft.”

  6. Ivan says:

    In order to be consistent it is surely right that these characters should be allowed to open schools. After all, the Catholic Church believes in demonic possession (hence the need for exorcists) and has a reputation for raping children and yet the government are falling over themselves to to let them at our children. Apart from the fact that we have got rather more used to one set of beastly charlatans than the other should make no difference.

  7. Brummie says:

    Good point Ivan

  8. Robster says:

    Good to give parents a choice. Do they go for the regular religious nonsense, a la Catholic/anglican or choose one of the new and exciting “out there” offerings coming to the education marketplace? The kiddies will be excited in a Harry Potter kind of way with demons and witches, possibly even warlocks like in “I Dream of Jeannie”so if they’re not interested in the maths/science stuff there’ll be lots of other stuff for them to learn. This way they’ll learn that believing the priest does really turn the wine and crackers into baby jesus bodily bits is not such a big ask. If the kiddies can be taught to believe that sort of absurd nonsense, they’ll be quite open for the whole slather of shite so loved by the purveyors of religious silliness.

  9. 1859 says:

    A paedophile is someone who sexually abuses children. What do we call someone who mentally indoctrinates children? A priest, bishop, pastor, imam, rabbi,believer, parent – the list if heart-breakingly endless.
    KEEP CHILDREN FREE OF RELIGION!

  10. 1859 says:

    Not ‘if’ but ‘is’……….

  11. Brian Jordan says:

    Where do these types get the names of their churches and would-be schools from? (Everyday) “Champions” of Creationism, “Winners” for Witchcraft: you couldn’t make it up.

  12. Broga says:

    @Brian Jordan: No one does the business of suggesting one name while acting in an opposite way than the RCs…One of my favourites is “The Sisters of Mercy.” Now, what does that conjure up: compassionate, caring, self sacrificing nuns working for the poor. Nope! Afraid not. It is a cloak of sanctity that takes in so many people. Here is the reality:

    “On May 20, 2009, the institute was condemned in an Irish government report known as the Ryan Report, the work of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The Sisters of Mercy were named as the chief among the institutes under whose care girls “endured frequent assaults and humiliation designed to make them feel worthless … personal and family denigration was widespread”.[”

    The caring nuns were sadistic brutes indulging their sadism to the full on their helpless victims.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Relax, everybody. Schools won’t be having to teach kids about other religions after all – they will be able to continue telling them that their own particular brand of lunacy is “the truth”after all:

    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/nov/07/government-bows-christian-pressure-religious-education?

    The Religious Education Council of England and Wales welcomed the consultation but argued that pupils should also be able to study non-religious world views. “We want to promote a rigorous and inclusive study of religions and beliefs that is relevant and challenging for young people of all faiths and none,” said Joyce Miller, chair of the REC.

    Forget it!

  14. Broga says:

    @barriejohm: This could be bad news for the believers:

    ” “We want to promote a rigorous and inclusive study of religions and beliefs that is relevant and challenging for young people of all faiths and none,” said Joyce Miller, chair of the REC.”

    “Rigorous” is the last thing they want to promote. “Challenging”: is that like the challenge the BBC allows to its religious dross? But, most dangerous of all are the words “and none.” That would seem to invite the infection of “The God Delusion” or Sam Harris and others into the classroom.

  15. barriejohn says:

    Broga: It’s just a pipe dream. I see that one of the free schools is offering bribes of £500 to encourage brighter pupils to join it, and in Theresa May’s constituency a “new” grammar school is going to be built my dint of a loophole in the regulations, as it will be an “annexe” of an existing one miles away!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11216838/New-free-school-offers-pupils-500-bribes-to-sign-up.html