New Campaign Fights Accusations of Witchcraft in Africa amid COVID-19
A new campaign launched in January in response to pervasive cases of witch persecution and related abuses in Africa is now facing additional challenges as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 could trigger even more witchcraft allegations in African communities, but it presents educational opportunities as well. Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) was …
Witch Hunting Requires an International Response
Cover Image: A “witch” shelter in Ghana. Photo from Vice News. One of the state’s overarching obligations is protection of its citizens. Accordingly, a modern state must fulfill—or be made to fulfill—this duty. The state is supposed to ensure the security of lives and property. Discussions on the responsibility to protect human lives have …
iDoubt: Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Africa in an Internet Age
The need for critical thinking in Africa cannot be overemphasized because some of the dark and destructive effects of dogma, superstition, and blind faith are most manifest is in this region.
Fifty Popular Mistaken Beliefs
“Harrison doesn’t use a condescending approach, something skeptics are often accused of using in addressing irrational believers and in challenging and debunking paranormal claims. Instead Harrison humbly acknowledges the cultural universality of unreason. . . .”
50 Popular Mistaken Beliefs
A review of 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think are True by Guy Harrison.
Benny Hinn Healing Crusade Ends in Controversy
In April 2005, American Evangelist Benny Hinn arrived in Nigeria for his much-advertised Healing Crusade.
Ritual Killing and Pseudoscience in Nigeria
The murder in London of a Nigerian boy may have brought focus to one of the most dreadful practices in Nigeria – ritual killing.
Witchkillings in Nigeria
At least twenty-five people suspected of being witches have been killed in Akwa Ibom state in southern Nigeria.
The Need for Skepticism in Nigeria
Nigeria is a very religious country with most of its population mired in superstition. This is not limited to the illiterate…