Helen Ukpabio, Nigerian Witch Hunter, Sues Her Critics for £500,000,000 September 2, 2014

Helen Ukpabio, Nigerian Witch Hunter, Sues Her Critics for £500,000,000

Helen Ukpabio is an evangelical Christian from Nigeria who holds some despicable beliefs:

Ukpabio advertising for a 2012 U.S. appearance

… Ms. Ukpabio’s critics say her teachings have contributed to the torture or abandonment of thousands of Nigerian children — including infants and toddlers — suspected of being witches and warlocks.

That’s the mark of a pretty horrible human being right there. Her reasoning, as you might imagine, doesn’t even make sense. For example, she claims that when children under the age of two cry at night because of a fever — something that’s perfectly normal — it’s because they’re “possessed with black, red and vampire witchcraft spirits.”

As you can imagine, she’s had her share of critics over the years. But some of them conflated vampires with Satan. Not only does she believe that’s defamation, she believes that “defamation” is worth £500,000,000.

She is accusing them of defamation, in part due to a difference in wording. Campaigners have accused Mrs Ukpabio, in her book Unveiling the Mysteries of Witchcraft, of writing “a child under two years of age that cries at night and deteriorates in health is an agent of Satan”.

But according to her solicitors, her actual words describe how such children can be possessed by “vampire witchcraft spirits”

Yep. Huge difference comparing two mythical beings…

Thankfully, the British Humanist Association, one of the groups named in the lawsuit, isn’t budging:

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, commented, ‘Given her baseless identification of features of “possessed children” and her dangerous and irresponsible teachings we feel a strong moral duty to point this out and will not be deflected by libel suits from wealthy “witch-finders”.

‘The fact that she is threatening to launch a legal claim for half a billion pounds over an alleged distinction between being accused of exorcising “Satan” or “Vampires” tells you all you need to know about Mrs Ukpabio. Threats of legal action like this are blatant attempts to silence critics of the harms done by these religious and superstitious beliefs and rituals. Rather than entertaining her vexatious claims in the courts, we believe the UK should be ensuring that Mrs Ukpabio and her ilk are denied entry to our country to protect children from their degrading practices.’

As much as I’d love to see this argument play out in the courts, it shouldn’t go forward at all. It’s frivolous at best. More importantly, children are getting hurt because of her absurd beliefs. She needs to be stopped, not given fuel to expand her reach. Her critics mistaking one form of bullshit for another shouldn’t work to her benefit.

(via The Freethinker. Thanks to Brian for the link)

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