Contemporary witch hunts in Africa
Here is are some article about Christian witch hunts that have been making the news lately as an ongoing problem. They are targeting children (male and female) and women for torture and death due to the injunction to 'not suffer at witch to live' in the Bible.
This seems to have become almost 'mainstream' in certain parts of Africa and is certainly not due to isolated cases. It is quite profitable to local 'church communities' in parts of Africa. They are taking the bible literally it seems. They can and do support their actions based on a literal, though hysterical, interpretation of the protestant Christian scriptures and doctrines.
It's easier to dismiss behavior that is removed from us in time, like witch burnings in Europe for centuries. It is harder to dismiss Chrisitian bad behavior when it's ongoing. One wonders if this is what North Americans had in mind when they were (and still are) inundating Africa with western-trained Christian missionaries and pastors.
It seems history has a way of repeating itself - even religious history.
"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right." Martin Luther King