DAMON LEFF. When you lie and knowingly repeat the lie about followers of another religion, just to promote your own religious agenda, you make a mockery of everything your religion stands for. In their attempt to promote 31 October as Reformation Day in honour of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation, South African based evangelical ministry ‘Christian Action’ and its spokespersons Dr Peter Hammond (Director of the Christian Action Network and The Reformation Society, with ties to Frontline Fellowship USA), J. Kerby Anderson and Taryn Hodgson (Africa Christian Action National Coordinator) have waged an annual smear campaign against the commercial and religious celebration of Halloween and ‘paganism’ in general. Their day of judgement has arrived !
Category: Minority Review – Damon Leff
DAMON LEFF. Anonymity is a fundamental aspect to the right to privacy, but Mark Zuckerberg appears not to care that the current policy of insisting that Facebook users use their real names on their profiles, actually contravenes user’s right to privacy. The public exposure by Facebook of those who choose instead to remain private is a gross and violating infringement of the dignity of individuals affected.
DAMON LEFF. Attempting to suppress the widespread belief in the agency of Witchcraft as a cause for misfortune, harm, disease, murder and death won’t stop some people from continuing to believe that Witches are malevolent and must be murdered. Prejudicial beliefs about Witchcraft won’t change overnight, but changing them must start with education, not with the suppression of access to the truth.
DAMON LEFF. Since the 14th century Witches have been stereotyped as potentially dangerous individuals. Centuries of hysterical wishful thinking has produced a history of unproven allegations, all of which depict Witches and Witchcraft as evil in potentia. These negative stereotypes have been repeated in virtually every culture and on every continent. They find fertile contemporary ground amongst religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals where hearsay, myth and urban legend combine to serve as so-called evidence of the dangers of Witchcraft and of a belief in Witchcraft.
DAMON LEFF. An interview with Asatruan, Karl. “Broadly speaking, I believe that we ascribe to the idea of a religion that has its roots in pre-Christian Europe, we have come home to Asatru – the religion of the Asa – as it is the most complete of the very-rarely recorded European religions. As modern Asatruars we honour the lives and deeds of our ancestors, from the pre-Christian age as well as later. We honour the Disir – the spirits of the land, the waters, the stones and the sky for we have much to honour them for. We walk with the Asa and the Vanir, our pantheon of mighty and honoured gods – we honour them and bring them gifts. Those of us that have studied the old ways thoroughly will become proficient at galdr and seidhr magic.”
Conscription was never an obligation on white men of conscience, it was always a choice. Not all white men must bear the guilt of complicity. South African churches must challenge the dehumanizing effect of conscription on those who chose to resist.
In A critical and functional analysis of the mirror metaphor with reference to the media’s responsibility towards society the editor of WegSleep-magazine Zigi Ekron asks “whose mirror is it and, secondly, which society are we talking about?” The ANC is certainly no longer a mirror of the diversity of South African society.
In praising the virtues of diversity of expression the African National Congress has failed to realize the deep and abiding significance of the statement ‘freedom of diversity of expression’ in a democracy; that the people have the right NOT to believe! The Media Appeals Tribunal is nothing but a vehicle with which to impose the ANC’s political ideology.