Servamus prefers to publish fiction
Servamus Magazine, catering to law enforcement in South Africa, has again advertised their Special community edition Drugs and Occult Related Crime. It contains the entirely fraudulent “satanic calendar” and Dracula Sherbet and Heavy Metal is listed as being “Satanic”. Seriously if police officers are still learning this outdated bogus rubbish, the public needs to be concerned.
The SAPS’s magazine Servamus has for years been the platform for disseminating hysterical Christian fundamentalist propaganda and misinformation about occult belief systems, used to paint a false picture of people identifying with occult beliefs and practices, as well as to slander those beliefs. This it has done with apparent impunity, despite efforts by outraged citizens and CBO’s to address these activities by means of official channels.
In 2012 the Press Ombudsman refused to engage with the Pagan community, committing at the very least an unconstitutional act (if not an outright criminal act) by bombastically shutting down communications with a whole community of people on the topic of violations of their human rights according to the law of the land. Without legal recourse to address the concerns of a religious group, whose dignity and safety are being undermined and in fact assaulted head-on in print and news media, it appears that some editors think they have license to continue to persecute these communities.
The excerpt below is an overview of the magazine and the controversies surrounding it, mentioning Bronwyn Katzke’s fine article which details the discrepancies in the Servamus publication. This is an indication that the editor of Servamus will not respond to valid complaints of bias and prejudice, having brushed aside the research Katzke published in her “Exposing the lies series” as “non-expert” in contrast to Jonker as “expert”.
Why exactly do these individuals believe that Kobus Jonker or whoever else contributed to the ‘special edition’ are “experts” as opposed to the opinions of practicing Occultists and students of the Occult? Why is it that their word is acceptable when it comes to slandering a religion which is supposed to have legal equality and protections equal to those of other faiths in South Africa – rights which perpetually are violated by a STATE ORGAN in defiance of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights? Why is it that a Christian believer opposed to or in competition with Occult belief systems is considered as a credible or reliable commentator on other religions (of which they have no practical experience or knowledge) as opposed to those actually within the religion or practicing the religion?
The situation is reasonably simple to sum up:
People who have belonged to or practiced a religion for many years are being told that they don’t know the first thing about their own religion and its beliefs and practices and that a bunch of fervent believers of another religion posing as “experts” in a religion they despise/fear/oppose and who peddle slander and misinformation about it, are more credible than them.
Know the facts!
Exposing the lies inside Servamus – Drugs and occult-related crime (Parts 1 to 3)
by Bronwyn Katzke