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20130320 Dept of Education Declares War On Satanism & The Occult

In the following articles, the Dept of Education demonstrates firstly its complete misunderstanding of occult religions as well as a clear prejudice and bias resulting from the strong Christianist influence within its ranks. What else could explain such a one-sided bias towards one particular religion while demonstrating an all-out intolerance for others?

According to them, schools in South Africa are overflowing with “Satanists” and kids involved in “the occult”. Certain schools, particularly in rural areas ARE experiencing problems with children who have committed crimes and used the “the Devil made me do it” argument, reciting tell-tale signs that they are under the influence NOT of Satanist religion or even other Occult religion – but legend-trippers of the media-created myth of “Satanic Ritual Abuse” peddled by nobody besides Christian evangelists in the private sector, the SAPS’s ORC unit, and increasingly by pundits of this myth in the Dept of Education itself.

Instead of concentrating on the real problem – that of hysteria resulting from ASSUMPTION based upon IGNORANCE and MISINFORMATION, the Department now appears focused on rallying the hysterics and applying them to the end of destroying all opposition to Christian religious indoctrination and the continued Christian domination of public schools.

Gauteng education MEC declares war on Satanism

Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy. File pic.
Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy. File pic.
THE Gauteng Department of Education has apparently declared war on Satanism and the occult in schools.
19 March 2013 | ELAINE SWANEPOEL
Education MEC Barbara Creecy yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with faith-based organisations, who would develop an “anti-harmful” religious strategy.
Its aim would be to address, among other things, the issue of “spiritual disturbances” , Satanism and the occult in schools.
Creecy said parental and community involvement was important in keeping pupils away from experimenting with harmful aspects of the occult and Satanism.
But experts and religious leaders yesterday told The Citizen that people should not jump to conclusions about certain religious practices causing violent behaviour.
“People give Satan too much credit,” said Doctor Gerda de Villiers, Old Testament lecturer at Pretoria University’s Department of Theology.
“There is no mention of him in the Old Testament and in the New Testament he is already defeated.” She said violent behaviour is more often than not caused by emotional and psychological problems.
“It is just too easy to shift the blame onto something else rather than take responsibility for it yourself.”
Professor Hansie Wolmarans, lecturer in Greek and Latin Studies at the University of Johannesburg, said that violence and superstition, rather than Satanism, is what needs to be addressed.
“South Africans of all religions are very superstitious, and are also under the impression that problems can be solved through the use of violence.
“To solve the problem of violence these superstitions need to be addressed.” Reverend Martin Breytenbach, Bishop of St Mark the Evangelist Church in Limpopo, said that although religious practices, such as Satanism, can play a role in violent behaviour, it is important to look at the bigger picture.
Reverend Peter John Lee, Bishop of Christ the King Church in Johannesburg, said that occult practices and Satanism are not necessarily the cause of dysfunctional behaviour.
There can be a number of other reasons such as an emotionally unstable home environment.
“Each case should be looked into and diagnosed on its own.” Lee said that although it is each person’s constitutional right to live out their religion and beliefs, it is important to do so responsibly.
“As long as it’s not damaging to others and doesn’t interfere with the school curriculum, any religion can be practiced.”
Octarine Valure from the SA Vampyre Alliance was particularly adamant about this.
“Since belonging to any religion, even Satanism, is not a crime in South Africa, how can religious bodies get away with accusing people of Satanism as if it were a criminal act to exercise one’s Constitutional rights?”
He said most people make assumptions and accusations without asking questions to clarify what it is he believes in.

Video: Gauteng education MEC declares war on Satanism (YouTube) This video starts off with a Muslim member of one of the “Faith-Based Organizations” that make up the work group formed by the Dept of Education, which by all indications consists solely of Abrahamic (Christian, Jewish and Islamic) representation.

Teaming up to fight Satanism

Mar 18 2013 11:53PM

Teaming up to fight Satanism

The caption under the picture reads: “GODLESS: Sylvia Theologo with a portrait of her daughter Kirsty Theologo who was burnt during a satanic ritual. Picture: FATI MOALUSI” – is this not a pretentious, insensitive and self-righteous remark?

Zodidi Mhlana

Religious organisations and education authorities have joined hands to address the growing problem of satanism and occult practices.

The partnership is working on an anti-harmful religious practices strategy to help in protecting school pupils.

This emerged at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the department of education in Gauteng and faith based organisations in Johannesburg on Monday.

The MoU comes at a time when the country is reeling from the recent killing of Keamogetswe Sefularo from Lukhanyo High School who allegedly died at the hands of satanists.

There are also fears that the number of people, especially the youth dabbling in satanic practices is growing.

In 2011, Kirsty Theologo died after she was burnt in a suspected satanic ritual in Linmeyer, in the south of Johannesburg.

Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said: “We appreciate the response and support of faith – based communities in addressing issues of harmful aspects of religion in our schools. The strategy we are formulating will include the role of parents, teachers and pupils away from experimenting with harmful aspects of the occult and Satanism.”

A hand book has been developed and is being piloted in Randfontein. The MEC also said that Satanism and occultism were being dealt with “when they arise and get reported.” The department said the MoU will also help in tackling issues such as school discipline, teenage pregnancy and spiritual disturbances including Satanism at schools.

Bishop Peter Lee said the partnership would help deal with moral conduct at schools.

“We will use our platforms and pulpits to promote the cause of quality education with our won constituencies. I ask you to think about the hundreds of people whom we address on a weekly basis, in those contexts we try to address the behaviour, the lifestyle and the moral conducts of our adherents”.

Education department seeks divine intervention

POPPY LOUW | 19 March, 2013 00:25
Bishop Paul Verryn, Bishop Peter Lee and Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy at the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a partnership between faith-based groups and the provincial government in Johannesburg yesterday

The family of slain schoolgirl Keamogetswe Sefularo believes her gruesome death should be a warning of the social ills which haunt young people in the South Africa.

Keamogetswe’s brother, Zali Nxabi, yesterday said not even a conviction for his 14-year-old sister’s killer would stop the increase in Satanism among pupils.

He said: “Society thinks that because it is not their child, it is not their problem. I hope Keamo’s death shows the problem is closer to home than one would think.”

Keamogetswe, a Grade 10 pupil at Lukhanyo Secondary School in Randfontein, on the West Rand, was stabbed and killed on March 1 by a 15-year-old girl believed to be her school friend.

She will appear at the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court on March 26 on charges of murder.

Ten pupils were suspended from the school for “participating in harmful religious practices” four days after Keamogetswe’s death.

Although the Gauteng department of education has no statistics on satanic-related incidents in schools, MEC Barbara Creecy said a partnership with various faith-based organisations would, among others, help fight the prevalence of Satanism and harmful religious practices among pupils.

“Social ills from outside are finding their way into our schools. We are now taking a stand . being proactive, and will not only react to tragedies like before,” said Creecy.

The partnership, known as the Faith for Quality Education, has resulted in the creation of a handbook – which will soon be piloted at the Randfontein school – to guide teachers and religious leaders dealing with pregnancy, gangsterism, drug abuse, bullying, and parental and community involvement.

The body’s steering committee chairman, Bishop Peter Lee, said they would use the pulpit to promote the cause of quality education.

“We only have to add the words ‘make sure your children get to school’, or ‘check if they brought home any homework’, to get a sense of what difference we might make with relatively little tuning of what we already do,” said Lee.

MEC Creecy says GDE anti-Satanism strategy will address harmful religious practices (From the Dept of Education website)

Date: 3/20/2013

A team of faith-based organisation (FBO) practitioners are developing an Anti-Harmful Religious Practices strategy to guide and protect learners from spiritual attacks and abuse.

The strategy is developed as part of the Gauteng Department of Education’s partnership with FBOs to support quality education in schools.

Speaking at a signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding with religious groups this week in Johannesburg, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy said parental and community involvement was important in keeping learners away from experimenting with harmful aspects of the occult and Satanism.

“We appreciate the response and support of faith-based communities in addressing issues of harmful aspects of religion in our schools. The strategy they are formulating will include the role of parents, educators and learners and should be aligned with department’s Education Religion Policy in Public Schools,” MEC Creecy said.

The MOU is a result of the partnership with Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) launched in 2010 and has seen religious groups supporting the department with a range of issues including providing support with deepening learning and teaching, cases of bereavement, spiritual disturbances and harmful religious practices.

The MOU forms the basis for translating the partnership into action.

“I am eternally grateful for the work that faith-based organisations are doing in communities to support education. This is an active demonstration of our slogan that education is indeed a societal priority. We need more such partnerships if learners are to stand a chance of extricating themselves from the cycle of poverty,” MEC Creecy said.

Bishop Peter Lee, who spoke on behalf of FBOs, said the partnership has committed itself to slowly develop a basis for a deeper and more extensive partnership going forward. Firstly, it will use its platforms and pulpits to promote the cause of quality education.

“In those contexts we try to address the behaviour, the lifestyle and the moral conduct of our adherents. We only have to add the words ‘make sure your children gets to school’, or ‘check if they brought home any homework’, or ‘make sure you read to your child’ (something which only one parent in 20 in South Africa currently practises) – to get a sense of what a difference we might make with relatively little tuning of what we already do,” Bishop Lee said.

In Orange Farm schools where he works educators told him that more than 60% of the 1,000 children at the school are living in granny-headed households. Their mothers are often not sufficiently mature to take a great interest in their children’s homework. The department has introduced the Extra School Support Programme (ESSP) which includes supervised homework after-school at no-fee schools to help primary school children.

“In fact I am coming to the view that homework is the one creature in South Africa which is more endangered than the rhinoceros! The new ESSP programme may help us here, but I am hearing educators often saying that if homework does not happen on school premises, it does not happen at all. Yet we have serried ranks of wise and experienced parents in the FBOs who are more than willing to take a child or two under their wing and help in this department,” Bishop Lee said.

The ESSP has been designed to provide after-school support for homework and school sports. The programme provides learners with caring and supporting individuals available beyond normal contact time. These caregivers assist with homework support programmes for Grade 1 – 7 in no-fee schools. In addition, they facilitate sporting as well as arts and culture activities.

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